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It sounds like the internal hard drive has failed. You will need a 2.5" IDE or PATA hard drive to replace it. A SATA drive will not work. After you replace it, boot from the restore discs that came with the machine to reinstal Windows.
Hp says it is a potential problem with your external hard drive.Download Hard Disc Sentinel,the free version will give you enough info on the HDD status to determine if it has an issue.The other alternative would be to unplug the drive before you bootup to avoid the message - plug it back in when Windows has loaded and check the drive for errors or problems by clicking on: My Computer - right click E drive or whatever letter the drive has - click on Properties at the bottom of the options panel - click on Tools which opens check disk options.Good Luck
Save the files you want to keep from your laptop's hard drive to a storage device such as a rewritable DVD or USB flash drive. Unplug any USB or Ethernet cables connected to the laptop.
Insert the Windows recovery disc into your computer's optical drive. Restart the operating system.
Press any key when the "Press any key to boot from CD" option appears on the screen. Use the drop-down menus to select the language and time options you want to use.
Click "Next" and then choose "I accept the license agreement." Select the "Custom (Advanced)" option.
Click the option for the laptop's hard drive partition and then choose "Drive Options (Advanced)." Click the "Format" link in the lower right corner.
Select "OK" and wait for the hard drive to be formatted. Click the partition again and then choose "Next" to reset the laptop back to its factory settings.dont forget to leave your comment by saying how helpful this tip is to you
You should try to boot from either an Ubuntu Linux disc and get the data off the hard disk (to say a pen drive or a portable hard drive), or you can download Hiren's Boot Disc and try the various utilities to boot the computer and get the data off the hard drive.
Note that you'll need to burn the above images on to disc using your disc imaging program like Nero, Roxio, etc. Choose the option "burn image to disc" in your CD writing program.
Once you get the data backed up, format the laptop and reinstall vista from your Vista disc.
Hope that helps, Regards, Raspal
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my Computer folder you will find your Extanal Hard open that you will find your all date copy from your HDD and copy where u want to use
to remove your date from your PC just go to my Computer and click on your drive wright click you will find formate just click that one box will open from that select quick format then click on start it will delite all your data
Boot up the laptop as normal. Then insert the install disc. The disc will mount and a window will open to show the install icon. double click on this. The computer will prompt to restart. Do so. DO NOT HOLD DOWN THE 'C' KEY. The laptop will boot from the install disc. After selecting the prefered language, select 'Disc Utilitiy' from the 'Utilities' menu on the top tool bar. Choose the laptop hard drive in 'Disc Utility' and select 'Erase'. If you are passing the laptop onto another person, choose the 7 pass erase from the secutity options to completely over-write the hard drive. This will make all your data un-recoverable and keep your personal details secure. (Normal erase only destroys the index on the drive. Your data is still there and can be recovered).