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    A phone call from a frantic friend late Sunday afternoon.[After golf thank god]

    [friend]
    I have just plugged in a new 1TB ext hard drive and vista asked me to download a driver from Verbatim.

    Which I did then installed it and when I rebooted my laptop it came up with no OS found.


    I have had a look and there is nothing on her 'C' drive at all.

    How can the os have been deleted?

    Is there any way 'C'drive could have been formatted during the reboot? instead of the Ext drive.

    As she had no back up [that's what the Ext drive was for] she is not happy.

    Before I do a clean install of vista for her is there any way I may be able to get the OS back?

    Gus..

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    It sounds like your friend may have trashed the MBR (Master Boot Record). If that's the case, it's possible to recover the system and get it back up and running, but I'm not familiar with the process in Vista and would suggest waiting to see if another Lounger agrees with my assessment and can provide a way to restore or rebuild the MBR.
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    You'll find step-by-step instructions here: how to restore vista MBR?

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    [quote name='HansV' post='790469' date='24-Aug-2009 13:45']You'll find step-by-step instructions here: how to restore vista MBR?[/quote]

    Hans / Doc.

    Thanks for the help.

    For some reason the laptop has no discs with it.???

    If I download a copy of vista home and make a boot disc with it. Then I should be able to fix it ???

    I have a copy of vista ult but the repair option is disabled when I boot to it.

    Gus..

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    If you were to give us the make and model of this machine we could be of a lot more help.

    If one does NOT get the CDs with their machine, them all of the OEM's that I have seen, provide a way to make your own. Again the make and model will help us help you with this also.

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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    [quote name='DaveA' post='790555' date='25-Aug-2009 03:16']If you were to give us the make and model of this machine we could be of a lot more help.

    If one does NOT get the CDs with their machine, them all of the OEM's that I have seen, provide a way to make your own. Again the make and model will help us help you with this also.[/quote]

    Dave.

    I will find out the make and model.

    I am aware that most machines don't have discs with them these days as I have made up a number of recovery disc for other friends using the OEM tool.
    As this lap top is about 3 years old I thought it would have them.

    If I am unable to fix the MBR and do a clean install of vista will the old OS be saved as windows old?

    Gus..

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    [quote name='gus' post='790565' date='25-Aug-2009 00:06']Dave.

    I will find out the make and model.

    I am aware that most machines don't have discs with them these days as I have made up a number of recovery disc for other friends using the OEM tool.
    As this lap top is about 3 years old I thought it would have them.

    If I am unable to fix the MBR and do a clean install of vista will the old OS be saved as windows old?

    Gus..[/quote]

    If it's 3 years old, it probably came with a Recovery Partition to create your own disk from, especially if it's Vista.

    I do not believe the MS OS's after the Windows 9X series create the Windows Old folder but just format the drive and start fresh. If you can't restore the MBR, and the drive has data on it that you want to recover, that can be done by pulling the drive out and slaving it to another system. It's data should then be fully accessable.
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    [quote name='DocWatson' post='790586' date='25-Aug-2009 08:32']If it's 3 years old, it probably came with a Recovery Partition to create your own disk from, especially if it's Vista.

    I do not believe the MS OS's after the Windows 9X series create the Windows Old folder but just format the drive and start fresh. If you can't restore the MBR, and the drive has data on it that you want to recover, that can be done by pulling the drive out and slaving it to another system. It's data should then be fully accessable.[/quote]

    FYI, a three year old machine can't have come with Vista. Vista's general availability was February 2007. Vista was released to MSDN/Technet/Volume licensees November 2006.

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    [quote name='joeperez' post='790632' date='25-Aug-2009 15:41']FYI, a three year old machine can't have come with Vista. Vista's general availability was February 2007. Vista was released to MSDN/Technet/Volume licensees November 2006.

    Joe[/quote]

    So, does that make the information about the machine coming with a recovery partition and not an install disk any less correct ???
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    [quote name='DocWatson' post='790641' date='25-Aug-2009 15:36']So, does that make the information about the machine coming with a recovery partition and not an install disk any less correct ???[/quote]

    Just pointing out that it could not have come with Vista. A recovery partition is another question. Just as it was not unusual to have a recovery partition, it also was not unusual to get a reinstallation/recovery CD for the OS at the time.

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    [quote name='joeperez' post='790632' date='25-Aug-2009 20:41']FYI, a three year old machine can't have come with Vista. Vista's general availability was February 2007. Vista was released to MSDN/Technet/Volume licensees November 2006.

    Joe[/quote]

    Joe.
    Are you a pedantic old women or what??.Or just a F$%# whit.

    I used the word ABOUT and picked 3 out of the air as I have no idea of the age of this laptop.

    All I am worried about is fixing it.Which I have done thanks to Hans and Doc.

    Gus..

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    Calm down please - Joe Perez is one of our most respected members; he has helped many people with his broad knowledge.

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