hp pavilion will not reformat

Hewlett-packard Hp pavilion dv9260us (rp...
January 20, 2011 at 11:30:54
Specs: Windows Vista Ultimate 64-bit, I don't remember and I can't look at the moment/4GB RAM
I have an HP dv9000 series latop. It's been running slow and I've tried running multiple virus scans and registry mechanic. Nothing helped, so I just saved a few things I wanted and was going to reformat it back to day 1 from the recovery partition. Well, I kept getting an error when doing that. So, I thought maybe the partition was corrupt. I called HP support and just bought the recovery disc. I tried booting to the disc and I'm getting an error message too. It would get far enough to remove all data, including my OS (Vista Ultimate 64-Bit)...Great, huh? My next thought was maybe it's the hard drive itself, then I realized there were 2 hard drives, so I swapped them; thinking they both can't be bad. Tried the disc again...same error! I'm getting a little frustrated. The only thing that isn't from the factory in the laptop itself is the RAM - I upped it to 4 gig. Does anyone have any thoughts? I realize it could be the mother board, but if so I would think it would probably have a few more problems than just running slow. Oh, and It does lock up every now and then. That's why I suspected the HDD.
Thanks for any input,

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February 11, 2011 at 03:48:39
Sounds like you need to backup your valuable data and recover the system: I would recommend getting them through http://recovery-discs.com

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February 11, 2011 at 05:16:54
Have you set the boot order in the BIOS to boot from the cdrom first? Try taking out 1 stick of ram if you have 2 etc. If you got the disks from HP they should be good. Disconnect any usb devices and anything you don't need to have plugged in while you do the install. Each hard drive manufacturer has a utility disk you can download from a good machine and run a test on the disks.

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