HP Pavilion 753c disk 'toasted'

Hewlett-packard / 753c
February 9, 2009 at 19:45:54
Specs: Windows XP, Pentium 4/512MB
From bad to WORSE! I have hp 753c Pavilion, with XP home, and the drive got 'click of death.' I was able to get 'copy' NOT image and NOT 'ghost' - so it did let me copy all files to a 2nd laptop, but I fear it is not stable enough to get a ghost image (nor do I have ghost).

Now, I am about to be foreclosed, have ZERO $
and I need to know can I rebuild from the files I copied from the recovery partition?

Is there a MANAUAL (and) ***FREE*** way to recreate the exact 5GB-ish D: HP_RECOVERY partition and rebuild? NOTE: I have NO RECOVERY CD'S, NO MONEY TO BUY THEM & it is way out of warranty.

Other options? Can I run some magic utility from that RECOVERY folder that will 'make' those recovery CD's? Here's the KICKER: Original system is NOT BOOTABLE! I only have that HP recovery data copied onto a 2nd computer.
Thanks - TJ

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February 9, 2009 at 19:57:30
Further to my previous post: I do have original receipts and stuff, so legally I am entitled to be able to have a copy of XP and run a copy of XP on this system. It was the first XP system we bought - from Sam's Wholesale. One of the few that has both a firewire port and AGP slot.

Point being: If someone else has the recovery CD's... maybe we can work a deal?
Oh, and I have been unemployed since last year, so... with the foreclosure pending, and no job yet... I'm pretty bad in need of my computer being useful and giving my brother back this laptop I borrowed.

Thanks - TJ

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February 9, 2009 at 20:27:31
Oh please, spare us the drama. Why didn't you create the recovery discs years ago when you 1st bought the PC? Just beg, borrow or steal a copy of XP from somehwere & install it. When it comes time to activate, call Microsoft & explain your dilemma...I'm sure they'll sympathize.

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February 9, 2009 at 20:38:27
thanks for the comment, .

i'm sure you mean well.

First off, they never tell you that you need to create the CD's.

Yes, it's likely in the docs, but ONLY "if and when" you hit a problem. Is someone going to sit down and read the entire doc set when they first get a PC? I think not. The prevalent proof of this is in the HUMONGOUS number of posts on this exact topic - i.e., HP's crap-ware method of attempting to lock users into their OEM build.

Second, it wasn't my main machine, so I never had to deal with it until it became my main machine.

Seriously though - third, you never answered 'IF' it can be built from what is on the recovery partition, but you did give a valid answer; so, thanks.

I guess there's always Ubuntu.

Again, thanks

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February 9, 2009 at 21:13:14
Offensive language is against the rules of this site. This entire thread can be deleted, and you can be banned from ever posting here again.
If you don't use the edit feature to remove that crap from your last post, there is a strong possibilty this thread will be deleted.

We get posts like yours every day, several times a day at least. If you had made a Recovery CD set, you wouldn't be in this mess. There are almost always mentions of you needing to make one in the HP owners manual for your model, and certainly in the HP support info on your computer, if you had bothered to read it

(I started to write the following before the last two posts appeared)

It is perfectly legal for you to copy someone else's orginal OEM Windows XP CD of the same version (Home or Pro) and use the Product Key on your case with it, and use that to load Windows on a replacement hard drive, but that only restores Windows.

If you don't have any money, do you have a spare hard drive??

The data on the recovery partition on the original hard drive can be used along with a single Recovery CD to restore the original contents of your C partition, but that's probably useless now because the data probably is damaged and most recovery programs will check to see if thec hecksum of the data on the Recovery partition is correct before they do anything, and if it isn't correct the program will probably quit.

Most of the data you have saved that you added since you got the computer that is not damaged can be restored to another Windows installation, but you have to make that installation first.

On most computers these days, you do not get any Recovery CD or DVD or set of those with the computer that is able to restore the original data contents of the C partition without the Recovery partition being intact and un-damaged, if you even get such a Recovery CD or DVD at all, but almost always there is a program somewhere that was already installed by the brand name builder when you got the computer that you can use to burn a Recovery CD set with which you can reload the entire hard drive including the recovery partition with the software that was originally installed.

Most of the people with brand name computers that still had their original software installation who post on this site have NOT done that!

A copy of somebody elses's HP Recovery CD set is probably useless, unless it's for the same model, or unless your mboard is the one or one of the ones the Recovery CD set is for - otherwise it will probably quit.

If you did not make a Recovery CD set with such a program, there is no free way you can make a Recovery CD set now, but there is often a cheap way of recovering from that situation. If your model is not more than about 5 years old, you can usually order a Recovery CD set for your exact model from the HP site for a very reasonable price.
E.g. I ordered such a set for a friend's HP, it had 6? CDs, and it cost only 2x.xx US before shipping. You can choose a faster or slower shipping method - the slower the cheaper - chose a faster method and it got to me in about 4 days.
Take a look on the HP site - in the downloads for your exact model, or here
or in the HP store.

There is a free way, if you can borrow a regular Windows CD or make a copy of one, but it probably won't work.

If you can copy all the data you have saved from the C partition on the failed drive to a partition on a replacement drive (the data from the recovery partition is probably useless because it's probably damaged), you could try running what many call a Repair install of Windows to repair what is on C, but there is probably too much damaged data for that to yield you a good result.

You would need to borrow a regular Windows CD of the same version (Home or Pro, preferably with SP1 or later updates included - SP2 or SP3 is printed on the CD if it has those), or a copy of a bootable regular Windows CD - make it on a CD-R for greatest compatibilty, and use "Disk at Once" or similar in the burning prgram to copy the entire CD, otherwise it will not be bootable.

See response 4 in this for info about a Repair install (Repair Setup) of Windows:

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February 9, 2009 at 21:20:18
Social commentary aside, my answer is 100% legitimate. Get yourself a new HDD, borrow a copy of XP, install it, then call Microsoft & explain the situation. Make sure to have your HP product code handy & they'll provide an activation code free of charge.

Other than that, we can do without the "woe is me" stuff. HP's come with a built in "PC Recovery CD Creator" but you only have one chance to create the set of discs. I'm sure the "how to" instructions came with the PC.


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February 10, 2009 at 08:31:06
And if things are that bad then consider running open source software.

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