|My venerable 7-year old Vaio's primary hard drive finally failed after many years of great service. It came with restore discs. In my simple thinking, I thought "gee, there are three discs, maybe it's full XP and just not a restore".|
So I pull out the dead hd and make the 2nd drive the primary (changed jumpers, etc). Bios sees it, so all is well so far. This drive had all space in 2 partitions.
I popped in the restore and it says it is recreating the C and D partitions, blah blah. At the very first step of partitioning it gets almost completely through the progress bar in about 20-seconds, then sits and does nothing. Forever. I let it sit for about an hour and nothing.
I tried it a couple of times, changing some of the restore options (C partition size, etc) and nothing.
So am I simpleminded in thinking the restore discs are useless to me?
If so, can I simply buy an OEM copy online somewhere (since the local b&m shops won't carry it)? I don't need manuals or anything like that, just a valid license. The legal way.