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help restoring my pc

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Im helping my sister to restore her Emachines E4216 and as youre probably aware they dont supply recovery disks at purchase, i used the recovery partition of the HDD to try and restore but it didnt move past 0% for half an hour so i restarted to find the hdd had been erased and the pc is now no longer booting the hdd, it doesnt even list it asa bootable device in BIOS, i need to know if a vista recovery disk will work as I am downloading one, or will i need the full vista installation disk? didnt know if this was software or hardware so posted in both, on reflection is probs software.
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    Kraków my love :)

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If this is software problem, you'll need Vista DVD. Vista Recovery CD won't reinstall operating system.
What was the initial problem with your sister's computer?
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