|Your hard drive is probably failing or has failed completely. |
If you want to confirm that
- the mboard bios must recognize the hard drive and it must spin.
You can take the hard drive cover off the bottom of the laptop - the one closer to the front of the case - to confirm whether it spins (and what brand it is).
- your internal power supply must be working properly - check the current voltages in the bios Setup - +3.3v, +5v. and +12v must be within 10% of their nominal values
Check your hard drive with the manufacturer's diagnostics.
See the latter part of response 1 in this:
(thanks to Dan Penny for this link:)
Hard Drive Diagnostics Tools and Utilities
If you don't have a floppy drive, you can get a CD image diagnostic utility from most hard drive manufacturer's web sites, but obviously you would need to make a burned CD, preferably a CD-R for best compatibilty, on another computer if you need to.
If the hard drive itself tests okay, any data problems found can be fixed, one way or another.
I recently changed a hard drive in a DV5000 series model.
My friend's drive is a Toshiba 80gb EIDE - it still works but she wanted as large a drive capacity as I could get her. I used a trial version of Acronis True Image (fully functional for 15 days) to copy the contents of the old to the new drive, with the new 250gb WD drive in an external enclosure and connected by USB, then I swapped drives.
Your model is old enough that if the hard drive is the original one and has a 3 year warranty, which applies to any laptop hard drive currently, that period has expired.
You can replace it with up to and inc. a 250gb drive if the drive is EIDE like my friends is on her DV5020, or with up to and inc. a 500gb drive if your mboard is different and you have a SATA drive. All current laptop hard drives have a 3 year warranty, so it doesn't matter much which brand you get.
Your series is DV5000 but the actual model number is on the label on the bottom of the case, and stated in the bios.
You can look up the parts for your exact model on the HP site here:
to determine whether you need an EIDE or a SATA drive.
If you have not made the Recovery CD set (on my friend's computer the HP program to make one is not there and never was) , your model is supposed to come with a Recovery DVD - however if you have that, I don't know whether it will load a blank hard drive. You could try booting with that to see if it will.
If it won't, if you want to re-install the original HP software including Windows, you will have to find the software downloads for your model on the HP site and follow the links to order the Notebook Recovery CD set - since I haven't found the Recovery DVD yet, I just ordered the CD set (or the DVD?) and it cost me $41.93 Canadian including shipping (it's less in US dollars) - you need the serial number on the label on the bottom of the case (it's also in the bios) .That's a lot less than a new regular OEM XP Home CD.
OR - your Microsoft OEM Windows license you got along with the HP software installation / the computer allows you to legally use a regular OEM Windows XP Home CD, or a bootable COPY of one, along with the Product Key found on the official Microsoft label on the bottom of your case, to install Windows on the computer, but after Setup is finished, you will have to get the drivers and associated software downloads for things that Windows doesn't find automatically, possibly including the main chipset drivers, from the HP site in the downloads for your actual model.
Whenever you load Windows from a regular Windows CD (or DVD) from scratch, after Setup is finished you must load the drivers for the mboard, particularly the main chipset drivers, in order for Windows to have the proper drivers for and information about your mboard hardware, including it's AGP or PCI-E, ACPI, USB 2.0 if it has it, and hard drive controller support. If you have a generic system and have the CD that came with the mboard, all the necessary drivers are on it. If you load drivers from the web, brand name system builders and mboard makers often DO NOT have the main chipset drivers listed in the downloads for your model - in that case you must go to the maker of the main chipset's web site, get the drivers, and load them.
If your drive is SATA, if you load Windows from a regular CD, depending on bios settings, Setup may not see the SATA drive - in that case, you need to set the SATA mode in the bios to IDE compatible mode or similar, then Setup will see the drive, and you can load the SATA controller drivers after Setup has finished and then change the SATA setting in the bios to SATA mode.
If you want to try recovering personal data you can't re-install,
- you can get an inexpensive adapter that allows you to connect it internally in a desktop computer to an IDE connection, and the drive can be jumpered slave or cable select if necessary (but you will need a jumper) - just don't boot from it.
- or - you can install the drive in an EIDE external 2.5" drive enclosure as is and connect by USB to a computer.
But - the hard drive must be recognized.
If you haven't replaced the original main battery, it's probably in pretty poor shape - you should replace it. It is not advisable to run the laptop on the battery alone if you have not replaced it. My friend's battery was poor by the time two years had gone by - I replaced it with one with 12 cells instead of 6 - any 12 cell one on the web with a one year warranty - that' s what HP's is - will do you fine and often costs less including shipping than the official HP 6 cell one. However, the 12 cell one sticks out of the case a bit (about 5/8") instead of being flush, and the laptop then rests on the slanted battery case at the back and the bottom of the front of the laptop at the front.