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09-May-2012, 02:12 PM #1
Question non-system disk or disk error - new hard drive
I was advised by a computer tech to buy a new hard drive because of issues I had with my HP pavillion s3330.
After installing I got a non-system disk error message.
After going into the BIOS to make sure it was booting my HP recovery cd from the the right drive, I ran a diagnostics test and after finding no problems an error message came up at the bottom saying - Testing: BOOT PATH, Error code: BIOHD-3.

I consulted HP who said I need to create a partition for the software to be installed to.
If that is the problem then can anybody assist me with this as I have no clue.

By the way, I'm using Vista home premium.

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09-May-2012, 02:24 PM #2
is it actually booting the CD - correctly - that error would be if it is seeing the blank Harddrive

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After going into the BIOS to make sure it was booting my HP recovery cd from the the right drive
and is the boot order correct for the CD/dvd as the 1st boot device ?
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09-May-2012, 02:29 PM #3
Yes, It was automatically set to boot from the CD drive
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09-May-2012, 02:30 PM #4
then the CD is not bootable - so it goes to the HDD

can you check the CD boots on a different PC
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09-May-2012, 02:37 PM #5
Actually it booted a recovery on the the previous drive I had until I had problems with it and was advised to buy a new drive. The difference was that drive already had vista installed on it
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Actually it booted a recovery on the the previous drive I had until I had problems with it and was advised to buy a new drive. The difference was that drive already had vista installed on it
now confused

CD/DVD drive or Harddrive

The Recovery CD should boot up regardless of the HDD in the PC
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09-May-2012, 02:41 PM #7
Hp told me I need to create a partition first but wanted money from me to tell me how to do that
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09-May-2012, 02:44 PM #8
the recovery CD when booted should give you all those options
but your not booting the CD at all

do you have another PC - you can try and boot it on - to see if it runs and boots ?
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09-May-2012, 02:58 PM #9
I have no other pc available, I'm unsure if the disc will boot onto an empty drive
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I have no other pc available, I'm unsure if the disc will boot onto an empty drive
it should do thats the point of a recovery CD to do exactly what you are doing
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