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Hello, and good afternoon.. i'm Oise and i totally lost my genuine OS..i actually did boot off a linux live cd..and something went wrong. after which i couln't boot up into windows. i discovered that i wiped out the entire harddrive... and i don't have a recovery disc for my HP PROBOOK 4520S..i don't know what to do..the laptop is only two months old. i really need your help...thanx

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You can actually go back to the store or shop where you purchased the laptop from. You can ask them if you can get the OS discs and the drivers from them, though you might need to pay for them.

You can also go to http://www8.hp.com/us/en/support-drivers.html to look for the drivers for your laptop and you can also try to request for the OS disc online. Better yet, you can also try to call them on the phone to request for the said discs. Also, there would be a fee associated with the OS disc requests.

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