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Actually, there are two good reasons not to swap that drive into the new laptop,
First, you never want to boot from or install software to a drive you're trying to recover as everything you do to/with the drive runs the risk of causing further damage.
Second even if it weren't for the damage, you simply aren't likely to have the right drivers unless both laptops are the exact same model.
My suggestion is just get the new laptop you want, then attach the damaged drive with the enclosure to the new laptop then run your recovery software. If that doesn't work, you will likely need the help of a Pro.
Try Armor-IT Data Recovery, they are listed in the FixYa database and service clients from all over North and South America.
Ok, let me see if I've got this right, you want to replace vista? but you need the SATA drivers? To do a dual boot, you usually need to install XP first, and Vista second. As for the SATA drivers, if the XP cd boots up and allows you to edit the partitions, then the SATA driver is already integrated. And here is the download page for your laptop: Qosmio® F45-AV410
You query did not give any clues abt the PC/Motherboard and its BIOS revision.
That said if the PC/BIOS will not "see" the HDD then its is unlikely a cause of a virus.
Some old motherboards can't recognise a HDD if its size is more than 137GB. Some older motherboard also require than you set the HDD jumper correctly (Master or Slave).
At this stage, i am assuming the HDD in question is PATA or IDE (Old Spec). If the HDD is SATA (New Spec), then you will need a SATA port to connect the HDD. Ensure not to use both "old" molex power connector and "newer" SATA power connector together.
If the HDD is SATAII but the SATA spec for your motherboard is SATAI (initial spec), some motherboards and SATAII drives require that you jumper the HDD to allow it to work at the lower SATA speed.
If none of the above points apply try upgrading your system BIOS of the latest version. Also review the mortarboard's manual for more info.