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I have a Lenovo laptop computer. It suddenly came up with "no operating system found". I was told it could just need to be restored, so i paid someone to do that...but it would just shut down when they tried, so they say i need a new hard drive. I have been shopping for a new hard drive, but the salesmen always tell me not to do it myself. The replacement of the actual hard drive doesn't seem difficult, but I was never given a restore cd for my operating system. I am on disability so with such a low income I cannot afford to pay the $100 plus that they will charge me. Is this going to be impossible for me to do myself? or is there a way I can read how to do it online on my desktop. I am praying it is possible because I use my laptop on the bad days when i can't get out of bed because of my illness. It is important to keep me going.
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If your existing hard drive has failed, I'm afraid you have a problem because your recovery partition containing a backup copy of Windows was probably on it. That's what most PC manufacturer's do instead of giving you a recovery CD, and there is usually a backup program installed which allows you to make your own recovery disks when the computer is new and working okay. This enables you to install Windows on to a new hard disk when disaster strikes.

Because the recovery disk has not been made, and the hard disk appears to have failed, the only option as far as I can see is to contact the PC maker and see if they can supply a recovery CD for your model. Most PC maker's have their own website for customer support which often gives information on the supply of a recovery CD for a small charge by post. Lenovo support is here (you will need to select your country at top of page): http://www-307.ibm.c...s/homeLenovo.do
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