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Operating system not found

I have an acer aspire 4530, which my uncle gave it to me recently, he had took out the hard drive, so everytime i switch on the laptop , it says operating system not found, so i want to buy a new hard disc, but before i do , i need an answer from expert . If i were to insert the new hard disc, will my laptop automatically install the operating system into the new hard disc? And i also don't have any recovery disc.

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No, you won't get the OS to automatically install on the new drive. The OS is not stored in the BIOS chip (or a similar permanent location inside the computer). You will need an OS install disc (not an upgrade disc). Windows Vista Home Premium or Basic was the original OS on most of the Acer Aspire 4530 series. Acer appears to have drivers for the system for XP through Windows 7 to get the hardware to work. You will need to have these most of these ready before you install your OS. Put them on a flash drive or optical disc using another computer.

This computer may work with Unix as well. However, driver issues may be a factor. You can try most versions of Unix from a CD (LiveCD) to test it out.

When you get a new hard drive, install it into the laptop. Then put the OS disk in the optical drive bay. Boot to the optical drive. Follow the directions for formatting the hard drive and installing the OS. (Of course you will need a drive that doesn't have a higher capacity than the BIOS supports.) The motherboard needs to recognize the drive.

If you find a member of a Windows User Group, they may have Windows install discs available. The license number on the label of your computer will probably work as your license key. (The key for a computer like this is locked to the CPU and motherboard; unless someone upgraded the OS to Windows 7 or downgraded to XP, this should be the key you need.) Use the information on the label to obtain the correct version of Vista (the Basic install disc may not work for installing Home Premium). You also need to match the 32-bit or 64-bit install disc (and the service pack you need).

I hope this helps.

Cindy Wells
(An Acer recovery disc wouldn't help you. Most of those are completely locked to the original hardware (including hard drive) and look for the recovery partition that was on that hard drive.)

Posted on Dec 05, 2012

  • Cindy Wells Dec 05, 2012

    If your uncle has the original drive (assuming it works and he hasn't reformatted it), you could install it back into the laptop. Then attach your new hard drive to a USB/SATA adapter or put it in an external enclosure. Then install a drive cloning program on the original C: and use it to copy everything to your new drive. Then uninstall the old drive and put in the new one. Western Digital offers True Image Home on their website for those who buy their drives. That software includes a cloning option. Cindy Wells

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