Originally Posted by Bneedshelp
How do you know the Hard drive is toast?
Although, after being in the hands of a college student, it wouldn't be all that surprising a few drops were involved.
As for the disk, it doesn't matter whether or not it's the original, as any copy of x32 HP will install - it's the key that counts.
If the lapptop came with a OEM pre-installed copy, then you may have an issue when it comes time to re-activating. If that occurs, you can ring the nice robot woman at MS and follpow the prompts to re-activate.