Re: Missing OS and now cant install new HDD
There is no reason why you should not have recovery disks for a PC if you bought it from a manufacturer, such as Compaq. The only problem is, most manufacturers, Compaq included, have steered away to supplying hard copies of the system software and simply storing it on a hidden partition on the hard drive. You seem to be a victim of this lack of foresight by these huge computer manufacturers. By storing the software on the hard disk, when the disk goes bad, so does your recovery (Although, in their defense, but still inexcusable IMO, most have an option to burn your own recovery disk from this partition). Now, I would call Compaq ASAP and demand a recovery disk from them, because as it now stands, if your hard drive IS bad, even buying a new one will not solve your problem without buying a new OS to go with it. Good luck and when buying a system in the future, I would suggest making sure you get hard copies of all included software. As you are paying them, there is no reason why you should have to 'make your own'