04-15-2012 09:59 AM
My hard drive recently crashed & I was unable to use the Recovery partition to restore. I tried using my recovery disks to do a complete factory restore. However, I would get initially an error for the Operating System portion (when asked if I have the operating recovery disk), so I selected No and continued on. Part way through the restore, I got an error message and clicked ok to continue. It continued through most of the disks, but the restore did not work. I can't get the system to properly load. I thought the hard drive was corrupt. I ran a test which seemed to say it was, so I bought a new hard drive. I then tried the restore disks on the new hard drive, but got the same error message and it also didn't work when the disks were complete. I don't know if it's still a hard drive issue or something else with the laptop.
I also should add that I've created a linux boot disk (with fedora) and a usb boot disk (with ubuntu) and both of those will load from the devices, but will not install on the original hard drive.
Any thoughts? Is the computer done for?