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    Default Accidental HDD Format

    One of my mates rang me to say that a user of his
    laptop formatted the hdd which had Vista 32 on it.
    He does not have a Vista install disc , so he tried
    to install XP from his previous OS disc but failed.
    What can you suggest to remedy this dead laptop?
    Would my Vista 32 disc solve the prob?

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    Default Re: Accidental HDD Format

    Does it have a restore partition?? If it does, reboot then select the option to do a reinstall. Thats if they didnt delete/format the partition as well. Or if that doesnt work, if the restore partition is intact remove the hdd, connect it to a desktop, see if there are ISO's on the partition, if there are, burn them.

    It probably failed (if it couldnt detect the hdd) if the hdd in it is SATA. And the SATA option is enabled in the BIOS
    Last edited by Speedy Gonzales; 21-09-2009 at 08:57 PM.

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    Default Re: Accidental HDD Format

    Thanks Speedy, that was an amazingly quick reply.
    I don't have full details re partitions but take note
    of your suggestion.

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