Trying to remedy a dead HP Desktop.
The OS is Windows 8.1 but I don't think that matters here because my question is more hardware related and I guess I'm wondering what would happen/happens if when you swap out a new hard drive for a dead one an OEM desktop.
Here are the particulars - my friend bought it for her small business almost 2 years ago. I never saw / worked on the machine when it was running, so any description I offer as to what happened comes second hand.
It is a HP Pavilion p7-1410 running Windows 8.1
My friend said she bought it from the Clearance Table at Office Max and ever since she had it, she was not able to activate Windows.
Her other computer friend told her "it wasn't a big deal" and that she should "turn off all the Windows Updates", which she did several months back.
About a week ago, one of her kids was playing a game on it when it just shut down and when they turned it back on, it just hangs up at the HP Welcome screen.
I popped the hood and the unit has power. Both fans come on but I can't feel anything when I touched the hard drive. I pulled the cables to the hard drive and plugged them back in, hoping for the easy fix, but no joy, after I rebooted, it was back to the HP Welcome screen.
The hard drive is a Seagate Barracuda and has a Born On Date of Aug. 2012.
I've never tried this before, and everything I googled about it seemed to indicate it probably won't work, but what the heck, I thought, at least ask the question.
If I purchase a new HDD, plug it into this machine....what happens? I know there's no OS on the new drive so when I plug it in and turn it on...will it work?