Hi all. My Acer laptop's HDD presinstalled with vista home crashed, i've replaced the hard drive, but is there a way to reinstall vista since i still have a valid license!!! No installation disc came with the laptop.
You don't say how much your old hard drive is defective by saying it's crashed. Does it work if you connect it to another PC as a slave hard drive? If you can and you are able to view the files, then you could try imaging the defective hard drive to your new hard drive. You would need to use an Imaging software such as Acronis True Image. If you manage to do this then before you install the new hard drive into your laptop, make sure the partition that contains the backup of your Vista Installation is set as Active by using the Disk Management in Administrative tools. Then unplug the hard drive from your host PC and insert into your laptop and boot your laptop with the new hard drive installed and it should reboot into the recovery partition, and want to install Vista again.
Can you advise on how to connect it to another PC? It's a 2.5" laptop HDD. At the moment, when in the laptop, the laptop boots up to the point of showing acer's logo, changes to a blank screen, then the HDD gives a continual clicking sound.