Errrrr....sorry to interrupt, but I've had a similar problem.Greg63
, you said that you installed from 7 CD's to install your OS. My guess is that you had to make a back up of your OS from a partition on the original hard drive. I've had to do the same thing, and ran into the same problem.
You can try to contact the company, but, if you're having to replace the HDD due to failure, you're not under warranty, and they may charge you to help you.......and chances are they may not be able to help you.
They create that partition, and make it so stinkin' picky that it'll only go back on a drive of the same size (sometimes only a drive of the same manufacturer too!). This is what screws the consumer.
I upgraded from a 40gb samsung that came with an HP that had the OS installed on a partition on the drive, to a 200gb WD. I couldn't get the OS to install. It kept telling me that the computer was not a HP machine, and that the OS would only work on an HP machine. Grrrrrrrr.....
The only way I soved it was to buy another OS ($90 at Walmart) and install that. It's been a few years, but I believe that everything went smoothly with the new OS.
EDIT: I believe that you're getting the enviroment error due to the fact that you've changed something (the size of the hard drive). It's different that what the computer was originally shipped with, so what might be happening is that the OS knows that it's not the same equipment as what came from the manufacturer, so it might not be letting you install the OS.
Hope this helps!
Edited by stevealmighty, 22 May 2006 - 08:16 AM.