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Using Shift+Delete to remove files/folders bypasses the recycle bin which is your normal means of recovering accidentally deleted files. You can go to download.com and search for file recovery programs. Some are available that will search your hard drive and can maybe recover what you lost. It is important to do so as quickly as possible because once files are permanently deleted on the hard drive, the sectors that they occupied are no longer protected and can be overwritten by any program or file.
Do you have important files that need to be rescued like two years of college or, the only copies, of pictures of special people, moments, and places in you life? Or is the thing just loaded with junk? If it's all junk hold F8 I think when starting, then choose Return (restore) something like that my Computer to it's original Factory state. Run thru that it's very easy any one can do it. If you really need those files, send it to me I'll rescue them save them and your copy of Windows you already paid for, when you bought the laptop, and send it back. You probably need a new hard drive if restore don't work. Easy to install, not so easy to rescue. RSVP KEN
The partition that had the Lenovo image was on the old hard drive not the new one you purchased, so you will not be able to restore from image. Look on the bottom of the laptop for the Windows version. Is it Windows XP Home or Windows XP Pro? You will need a Microsoft Windows disk to reinstall and you can use the serial number on the sticker to activate. This is all legal because the serial number belongs to the laptop. Unfortunately, finding a Windows software might be difficult. Ask a friend if they have a disk of the same operating system.
Might be easier to take to a tech and pay $60.00 (I wouldn't pay nmore than that) and have them reinstall basic windows and drivers for you.
I think you may have bad sectors on the hard drive which is why it loads the software but then when it comes time for the system to read it, it just hangs cause it can't read into the sectors on the hard drive.
Best way to determine this, try another known good working hard drive and if it goes thru all the way and loads then you know the original hard drive is bad.
The two hard drive names will not make a difference and are compatible. Installing the new drive is not all that hard assuming you have all the programs and the OS. Using the back up OS will be your best bet. Just install the hard drive and then place the back up disc in the CD or DVD drive and boot up the computer. This will act as a temp OS system loading basic features allowing your system to recover from the disc. Just follow the on screen sinstructions and your on your way.
If given the choice make sure you select format the new drive the recover disc may do this for you automatically.
Let me know if I can help.
TIP: If the old drive is accessable picking up a SATA to USB connector will allow you to use the drive as a slave in your computer to recover some of your saved files stored on your old drive.
Compaq uses F10 at boot to initiate the recovery program resident on the hard drive partition normally called "Recovery". If you cannot initiate the hard drive at boot then press F1 to get to setup and see if the hard drive is recognized there. If it is not then you will have to troubleshoot the hard drive.
If you have another laptop to try the hard drive out or a laptop to IDE hard drive adapter (cheap) to connect to a desktop computer as a slave drive you will either verify that the hard drive is bad or it is good and a boot sector problem is at hand. Also if you can get the drive recognized as a slave drive you can either rescue data or format the drive.
These are preliminary steps so post again when you have more information. Steve Medley
To recover your files you will need a 2.5" external sata usb hard drive case. Take the hard drive out of your lap top and install it in the case. Plug the USB drive into another computer with enough space to copy all the files you want to save. Once you have all the files backed up that you need format the drive and re install your operating system fresh. Then load all your rescued files back to your laptop with another external USB backup drive. This is the only way and I know it works because I have to do it every time I thrash my laptop running bad cracks. Please take the time to rate this fixya for sharing my secrets for free. If you need more help feel free to ask. George