My neighbour's son just knocked on my door with his Compaq Presorio C700 laptop, He tried to reformat it with the recover software on the hard drive, he said it seemed to go ok but its stuck at 53%,and it took ages to to get that far, the o/s is Vista I don't know what to do next.
Is he trying to re install windows or is he trying to do a clean format to instal vista. If he is trying to re instal vista from the recovery disc it should all go automatically along its way with little or no attention till it wants his details. If it is sticking then it might be a fault on the drive. I dont know but if the computer can be started then I would do a check for bad sectors and let the computer repair them. Sorry I cannot be any real help.
As for as I know their is a partision on the hdd that has recovery software o/s for vista, most of the new laptops seem to do this, your supposed to make a recovery disk for the software in the partision,he didn't make a recovery disk he just tried to reformat from the the partision
can I ask why he was trying to reinstall from the recovery partition? Was he having problems/error messages? I ask because, if it keeps stopping at 53%, there might be a problem with the hard drive at that point.
If he has actually tried to re-format it (meaning the hard drive), then he has probably corrupted the Partition with the recovery system on it. As he does not have a Vista DVD then the only way forward, is to return it to the shop for their attention.