We had a harddrive crash a little while ago (one day after warranty expired if you can imagine, coincidence?) and yesterday I went out and bought a new one. This is my first laptop and I had never previously had any experience with this type of thing and the salesguy told me that pretty much any harddrive would be fine and sold me one.
I go home, take out the old drive, insert the new one and pop in the Windows Recovery/Install CD that came with the laptop. After several minutes it boots up to the screen asking if I want to continue setup, recover a Windows problem, or exit, and I click on setup. It then partitions and formats the drive, saves files onto the drive and then says it needs to reboot. Problem is, when it reboots, nothing happens, it shows the loading RAM stage and allows me to enter the F10 settings, but if I let it go past that it just stops, you see a cursor in the top left of the screen but nothing more. If I change the boot settings so that the CD Rom boots first it says "Press any key to boot from CD". If I hit nothing it just crashes like before, if I hit a key it just takes me back into the Windows setup again where I can either exit or just repeat what I did before with the same results. Hard drive test in the F10 settings menu shows no errors on the harddrive.
Like I said, I've never had to do anything like this before, am I possibly doing something wrong? Here are the details:
Old Harddrive: http://www.computerhq.com/products/p...-id-34163.html
Harddrive I just bought: http://store.yahoo.com/directron/mk8025gas.html