HP Pavilion won't take operating system on new hard drive

By cableman
Feb 21, 2010
  1. I had to replace the hard drive in my sisters hp pavilion dv5000 laptop and I can't get any windows version installed. I have installed os's before but these hp's are aggravating.

    It originally came with windows media center 2005 but all the operating systems I download won't work. I know how to burn an iso image properly but I don't think these that I have downloaded are true oem isos because I keep getting the message that this is not a genuine installation disc.

    It will format and try to start installing but won't fully install because of this problem.

    I eventually get the message "NTLDR is missing" . Can anyone help? To order an original media center installation disc will cost around $100.00 and I am becoming unsure if that will work so I need some advice. Please help. Thanks in advance
  2. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,185   +225

    Any XP version install disc will work with this laptop. You must create an .iso image from a known good source, like an actual XP install CD. "NTLDR is missing" means that the hard drive is not bootable because of a corrupted Master Boot Record. Make sure that the hard drive is good
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