The hdd died. Afterwards on start up the computer asks to insert a boot disk etc. Per the Geek Squad the hdd is OOC.
I installed a new hdd, found a Vista installation disk and used it to verify operability of the computer itself and things seem OK. I want to reinstall Widows 7.
Is there a way to do this without purchasing the $50 recovery CD from Asus? Secondly, are there means to read the damaged hdd to recover files other than sending it off to specialty companies? It's not worth the $$$ they charge.
Thank you in advance for any suggestions.