Solved HP laptop failed. Can I replace the hdd and reinstall vista

January 22, 2014 at 06:05:28
Specs: Vista/Windows 7
Vista operating system and hdd failure. I need Vista to be able to use some of my applications. My HP laptop having died used vista, the replacement Dell laptop has Windows 7 and my discs wont install. When bought the computer 6 years ago it came with a HP recovery disc which I still have. My original idea was was to fit another hdd to the HP and then install vista with the recovery disc, but I am not sure that would work?
Another possibility, could I partition the 500gb disc on my replacement laptop and use the vista recovery disc to install vista and then use my applications on that machine? The problem gets complicated because although I did back up the failed laptop, I can't do a restore on the new computer. However for the applications I want to use I backed them up separately but to restore the data it can only be done from within the software of the application. I desperately need to access that date. I have looked a upgrading the application to Windows 7 but the cost of getting new discs goes into hundreds. Help!

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January 22, 2014 at 06:17:44
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Usually these days one is lucky to get the actual disc set.. Manufacturers wishing to save on cost… But they do provide a recovery partition and encourage users to make their own set of recovery discs too.

When you replace the HDD of course the recovery partition won't be there; and if you didn't have the disk set you say you have… you would have had to contact HP - or go to their support/download area to get them…

You have the discs! So you're well ahead…

confirms that you can simply install the new drive and use the discs to rebuild the Vista installation… Dug it out from hp support - just to give you a firm re-assurance…

Re' backup software - which one was/is it?

When you do get Vista running again. suggest you copy (rather than backup) your data etc to external media. Typically DVD and ideally another medium (another HDD)? Check the copies are accessible etc too on at least one other working system. Keep them safe and check/update at intervals?

Actual copies are more flexible in that you "don't" need the actual backup software to recover/access them/content - they will be accessible by any system?

Also - in-case you need more input… what model HP do you have?

Also what happened to the current HP HDD; and is there anything on the "failed" HDD that you might wish to have a go at recovering?

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January 22, 2014 at 06:49:59
"the replacement Dell laptop has Windows 7 and my discs wont install"

What discs are you trying to install?

"When bought the computer 6 years ago it came with a HP recovery disc which I still have"

Most OEM manufacturers put a recovery partition on the original hard drive. The buyer is expected to create the Recovery Disc set immediately after purchasing the computer. If you never created the set (usually several DVDs), it's possible you will not be able to reinstall the HP Vista & all the bundled HP software. Did you explore the contents of the single Recovery Disc that you have to see what's on it? Do you know if it's a CD or DVD? If it's a CD, it's just a "trigger" for accessing the Recovery Partition.

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January 22, 2014 at 07:12:39
Hi Thank you for your reply
.In response to your question "what model"? I have struggled with this I tried HP website and they too need the model identification. But their system wont accept the details I try to enter which are: HPG600. Product No. GZ976EA#ABU. Notebook/Laptop.I bought it new in 2006/2007.
With regards to the HDD, The problems started some months ago it would suddenly freeze. I found that by disconnecting it from the mains and taking the battery out and refitting it would start working. On one occasion it gave out a sound much like a spinning object rubbing against something. I am not sure if I could get anything off the hdd. I have lost all my emails and contacts, but if I could get the vista applications I depend on onto a Vista system I am confident I could access my much need data.

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January 22, 2014 at 07:53:12
Not sure where you are located, nor where you bought the HP from - which country at least?

In the HP UK support area I tried the HP G600 part and there is a slew of hits. But not for the actual laptop itself… mostly drives and other bits 'n pieces... However using the rest of the info - GZ etc… the model that comes up is effectively this one...

and if you go down the page a little - presuming this is your laptop series (not entirely sure about that…) there is a link to obtaining recovery media… For whatever reason this one is from a company outside of HP and they charge some for the disc set…

goes through all the hiding places for the model number etc… Perhaps double check what you can find in one of those - and repost details (if needs-be)?

This is another site that sells the disc set too…

But as you have the disc set already the above info is perhaps superfluous at this time…?

So perhaps try this routine (been know to work more than few times…)

Remove all power battery included from HP laptop. Remove the HDD from the HP. Wrap HDD in paper towel - firmly but not tightly… Place in a small plastic bag (e.g. a sandwich bag or similar); close/seal the top. Place in fridge for about an hour at the most… Remove from fridge. Open bag fully and leave contents to breathe a little - say 5-10mins. Loosen paper towel and leave another 5-10mins at most. Remove paper towel and check no condensation on drive (electronics board especially - if there is wipe them off with a soft tissue or similar). Restore drive to laptop. Power up and see it will boot long enough to copy off data etc to external storage… If it does… then do so… After-which see if you can get it to run a factory reset/recovery routine - either from the drive itself - or using the recovery disc set you have?

If per chance it won't boot but will at least spin up OK… try either booting the HP with a Ubntu dvd (Linux variant); it loads itself into RAM only. If it will boot up with Ubunut then you may be ale to access the failing HDD long enough (after the above "cooling" routine) - to copy off data etc. to external media… Possibly even the bulk of the drive itself…

Other option - after the cooling routine - connect the failing drive via a usb adapter kit to the Dell or any other working system; then access/save contents that way?

You may need to repeat the "cooling routine" a few times n order to completely save etc. whatever you may wish too.

I have done this "cooling routine" a few times successfully - sometimes needed to cool only once, sometimes two/three times…; After-which abandoned the drive in question.

It is a matter of fortune just how long the drive will last etc. if it does seem to work to some degree when cooled etc. as above; not the least as the noises you describe sound typically of a bearing failing, or a platter catching somewhere… Cooling the unit down creates a slightly larger clearance for al moving parts - for a short while at least. And this is why one can sometimes get a drive that is doing what yours appears to be doing - to run" long enuff" to save some/all content… - freebie ISO download which save, burn to DVD and boot with that DVD.

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January 22, 2014 at 14:52:06
"In response to your question "what model"? I have struggled with this"

Really? Start by turning the laptop over & looking for the model number on a label on the underside.

How Do I Find My Model Number or Product Number?

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January 22, 2014 at 15:11:12
That's odd…

I thought I'd included this link from HP which shows the various places they "hide" the model number etc…

One has to copy that whole link into the browser...

mmm Very odd though that it's not in my post 4 above…? Must be getting olde… Or was it in another time/dimension (not a Dell)

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January 24, 2014 at 05:34:14
Since posting I have had "man flu" and have not been able to respond.
Thanks to you all for your advice. I am overwhelmed with the detailed answers I have received. They all deserve the accolade of "Best Answer".

The situation has moved on now (possibly closer to the dust bin). A friend found a way of extracting the HDD from the bowels of the laptop. This, he tells me, he has fitted in a caddy and the disc appears to run perfectly and my files appear to be there. This being so, is there simple path that could be followed to establish what could have led to the computer to stop working.
Sometimes it would just lockup in the middle of sending an email or working on word or excel. The screen would still be bright and one could read what was there, other times the screen would just be Black. There was just one occasion when the computer started to load, the black and white start-up screen appeared but looked as if it was scrolling but it all had a torn appearance. Then it just went blank.

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January 24, 2014 at 06:20:37
mmm - Off the cuff.. it might be the display adapter that's acting up - and giving you all manner of signals that misleadingingly suggest other issues…; and that adapter in a laptop is not usually/easily replaceable?

Equally it could be display itself.. so have you tried to run the laptop with an external monitor/display attached - either with the laptop display active too - or just showing on the external display/monitor?

It might be the on-board HDD controller; it might be the on-board cache chips… Might even be the CPU itself… Usually overheating can cause the CPU to act up - so check all airways are clear of dust etc; and that all fans (main board and on the CPU) are running OK.

It might be something a (relatively) simple as failing RAM…

RAM can be tested via a memtest utility; or by removing all but one stick; then seeing if things work OK. If not try another stick and so until you've tried them all - one a t a time. If still no joy… beg/borrow - even st..l a known to be good stick and try that - again with none of the current sticks involved.

But good to hear that at least the HDD itself is OK; and your friend has managed to salvage/save data from it?

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