I checked the forums as best I could (search was down) and couldn’t find anything related to this problem. here’s the deal
My two year old computer (HP Pavilion m7750n) was having occasional trouble booting. every once in awhile it would hang on the loading screen and want to run windows startup repair. It didn’t seem like anything i was actively doing was causing the problem, so I figured that either my operating system had somehow become slightly corrupt or my hard disk was failing.
I didn’t have recovery CDs (I think it didn’t come with any) so i ordered them from HP and a sweet 1tb hard drive from seagate. Both come so I swap the hard drives, put in the recovery cd, and press play. Failure: the recovery CD formats the new hard drive but then fails at 1% of the system restore. HP tech support provides limited help (i’m not under warranty and they insist it is a system problem, not a recovery problem).
After playing around for the better part of a day, I plug both hard drives in at the same time and format the new one. It appears to be working fine. Short of buying another copy of vista (cringe, expensive!) does anyone have any thoughts? I can’t imagine why the recovery program is failing.
Random possibly relevant:
Both hard drives are SATA
The new hard drive is about twice the size of the old
it’s the 32 bit version of vista