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HP Pavillion 533w System restore disks

Hello my name is Richard here is the Problem

Situation: I have a HP Pavillion 533w. The owner of this CPU gave it to me so that i can install a new HD and reinstall all of his previous software and upgrade to a few others.

Problem was that I realized as i read through forums of HP's policy of the System recovery info being on the origianl HD is a partition, and that if you install a new HD I was going to have problems.

I must have read everything there is to know about this machine and the installation of System Recovery Disks. None od the solutions offered are helping and to make matters worse HP does not help people with this specific model anymore.

What I try to do is set up the cd as the main booting device,
then load the cd labeled number 1 of 8
then reboot
then the system shows the HP loading page
then its starts to read the cd but that's when the message shows
"Operating System not found"

I have tried everything,
The bios reads or sees the HD and labels correctly
I have tried the DVD in another CDU and works fine
I read and reread all manner of ways for this error and no luck.

So I hope someone can help


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  • richyj Feb 21, 2008

    Yeah but this is that one that is not being cooperative. I've tried three brand new formatted HDD and i get the same operating System not found message.



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You should be able to do a clean format with the hp disk on a new drive.Basically start from scratch.I have put new drives in HP computers without any trouble

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