I have a cheap HP2000 - Model #2000-2b09WM that the (320gb)hard drive went out of. I am searching for the best deal on a 500GB, 5400, SATA 2.5" hard drive to replace it. My issue is that the computer completely crashed and I hadn't made any restore disc's at all. Is there a way to install the original OS, Windows 8, without having to pay for a disc? I don't want to put out the $$ if it's going to be less expensive to buy another cheap laptop.
Thanks in advance.