Computer novice needs some advice!!!

United States
February 28, 2012 6:06pm CST
I have an HP pavilion dv6 laptop and when it powers on I get a hard disk 1 error. I tried to take it out and put it back in and nothing. I know I can buy a new harddrive but how do i get it to work again after that? Also I hate windows vista on my laptop is there anyway for a novice like me to clone my hp windows xp desktop drive to work in my laptop after I buy a new harddrive? Thanks!
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3 responses
• United States
29 Feb 12
As said before, you can reformat the hard drive! And if you have a back up of your files from the laptop before, then when using a new hard drive, after having Windows XP, OR Windows 7 on it, you can have your files on your new desktop! Vista sucks, big time, the worse windows ever made, gave the biggest headaches for a lot of Windows fans. Windows XP is great for its functionality and professionalism. Pretty Reliable. Windows 7 is good all around since it has the functionality and professionalism of xp, with the appearance of Vista!
• United States
1 Mar 12
I tried to format drive and it came back with an error message that said it was unwriteable! Guess its off to buy a new hard drive!
• India
6 Jul 12
Welcome to mylot In my opinion you need to go for a formatting. best of luck Professor Thanks for sharing
@erjnsimon (1191)
• Makati, Philippines
29 Feb 12
reformatting your disk is the bert thing to do. You can still install win xp to your new hard drive but be sure to use this as a default if you are using 2 hard drives. Note, installing a new operating system needs reformatting of the disks else you want to use dual boot.