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adding new hard drive but boot disk damaged.

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  1. tran1

    tran1 Thread Starter

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    Hi,

    I have been having mechanical problems with my harddrive. Its so noisy and staggering that I want to replace it. The main problem is that my computer (Packard Bell) came with 2 recovery disks on two different disks. A CD-ROM (master) and a Boot diskette. Recently I discovered that the boot diskette has become currupted and will no longer work. My warranty has run out years ago i've tried packard bell but to no reply.

    So i'm here asking you guys wether there is another way round my problem. I want to install a new hard drive but have got only the CD-ROM part of the recovery disks.

    Help!!!!

    Thanks for your time!
    TRan1
     
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  3. lightnb

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    there is a good boot utility here:
    http://www.startdisk.com/

    its not an HP recoverydisk, but it has lots of utilites and features

    hope it helps:)
    Nick
     
  4. tran1

    tran1 Thread Starter

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    Hi,

    Thanks for your replys! i'll be trying them out.

    I heard that you can create a startup disk with a floppy from my own computer. would this startup disk be the same as the boot diskette that came with my systems recovery pack?

    thanks!
    TRan1
     
  5. lightnb

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    im not sure, but i dont think so. the recovery disk most likly had files specific to your brand of computer, and a program that restores them. making a windows boot disk from control panel just copies system files, and would allow you to boot from floppy, and use basic DOS comands. once again im not sure.
    Nick
     
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