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non-system disk or disk error - new hard drive

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  1. dezero

    dezero Thread Starter

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    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.

    Thanks,

    Greg
     
  2. etaf

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    is it actually booting the CD - correctly - that error would be if it is seeing the blank Harddrive

    and is the boot order correct for the CD/dvd as the 1st boot device ?
     
  3. dezero

    dezero Thread Starter

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    Yes, It was automatically set to boot from the CD drive
     
  4. etaf

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    then the CD is not bootable - so it goes to the HDD

    can you check the CD boots on a different PC
     
  5. dezero

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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
     
  6. etaf

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    now confused

    CD/DVD drive or Harddrive

    The Recovery CD should boot up regardless of the HDD in the PC
     
  7. dezero

    dezero Thread Starter

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    Hp told me I need to create a partition first but wanted money from me to tell me how to do that
     
  8. etaf

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    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 ?
     
  9. dezero

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    I have no other pc available, I'm unsure if the disc will boot onto an empty drive
     
  10. etaf

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    it should do thats the point of a recovery CD to do exactly what you are doing
     
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