Well, when people ask questions, it's always helpful to know what kind of machine we're working on. It saves time.
Yah, unfortunately a lot of companies don't include dics anymore when they sell computers. They depend on the user to make recovery discs, but then user never test the discs until they really have to. Sometimes they don't work.
It's possible that your old hard drive has a recovery partition. However, even if it does, if you use it, it will wipe the drive and all your data too.
What you could do is slave the old drive in another computer to see if you can recover the data. If you can access the data and save it somewhere, then you would be free to use the recovery partition if one exists.
Other than that, you will probably need to format the new disk before you try the recovery again. If it doesn't work, and you can't access/save data from the old disc, then you might have to contact HP, explain what happened, and ask them to send you real recovery discs.
Edited by makai, 01 February 2009 - 09:23 PM.