WIPED DRIVE NOW I HAVE NO O.S.
by alis1n - 11/3/12 2:55 AM
My name is Alison, I was trying to fix my laptop and ended up making things a lot worse!!
I ran DBAN and during the process i realized i have no way to reinstall Vista Home Basic OS so i aborted the wipe after 10 or 15 mins into it.
Its a Compaq Presario CQ61. On the back of the L/T i have a sticker with a product key but when i purchased it i never got a CD for Vista. I dont have recovery discs either.
So like i said i stopped DBAN from completing the wipe however now when i turn the L/T on it says,
"NO BOOTABLE DEVICE -- INSERT BOOT DISK AND PRESS ANY KEY"
I tried doing System Recovery but the same message comes up... i also found a Vista Recovery online and burnt to cd-r but it stills says, "NO BOOTABLE DEVICE -- INSERT BOOT DISK AND PRESS ANY KEY"
Is there a way to copy a different version of windows OS from a different PC and make that a 'boot disc' I dont really understand what a boot disc is...
Im not sure what to do to fix this issue... any help or advice is appreciated if you could please explain with details that would be a big help to me.
Thanks in advance!