Purchased a HP ZE4610US laptop over a year ago, and started receiving SMART drive failures. Laptop would intermittently freeze, fail to boot up, etc. Periodicity of the problems got worse to where it was near impossible to boot the computer. Naturally, the Warranty period dried up. Ordered a new Hitachi Travelstar 80GN hard Drive to replace the failing hard-drive. I replaced the hard-drive ensuring I took all of the electrostatic precautions (wrist-strap), jumper settings on the hard-drive are correct. When I try to boot the computer up using the OS CD provided with my laptop. I get an error message that says no hard drive recognized. I checked the BIOS settings, and the hard-drive settings are set to auto-detect. I started to do some reading on Hitachi's site, and they claim that all of the drivers for their hard drives are in the OS, and do not offer downloadable drivers. So, I got to thinking (dangerous), that alot of the big-name companies do not distribute full versions of the OS, that they are customized/scaled down versions of the OS. I believe my OS disk is a black disk that says not for distribution with other PC's, maybe it only contains drivers for the original system configuration??
Let me know if I am on the right track, and what I need to do to get the computer up and running