Background: HP DV4-2045, was having hard drive issues (randomly would give no boot disk error if hard restart or was in hibernate too long). So, was able to get it started long enough to create a recovery disk, which I was told would be needed when I replaced the hard drive.
Phase 2: New hard drive is purchased and physically installed. Seagate Momentus 500GB SATA Notebook HD 7200 (I was a good girl and checked compatibility requirements before purchasing).
Phase 3: (current phase) Inserted recovery disk. Got to screen that says System Recovery Options. 1. Use recovery tools that can help fix problems starting Windows. Select an operating system to repair. If none listed, click Load Drivers and then install drivers for your hard disks. 2. Restore your computer using a system image you created earlier.
I tried option 2, says no such image found.
I tried option 1, it opens (what I'm assuming) is the info on the recovery disk, with lots of files that make absolutely no sense to me...*if* the drivers files are on there somewhere, I would have absolutely no clue as to how to identify them. I don't even know what kind of drivers we're talking about...for the operating system? The new hard drive?
Yes, I am completely technically clueless. Please help. I have to travel in a few days, and not having my laptop with me would not be a good thing.
Thank you so much. :D