Thanks for putting my post in the proper area.
I was able to format and partition the new hard drive by attaching it externally. After the format using Disk Management on Windows Vista. I then installed the new internal drive and using my acer recovery disk, to bring the laptop back to factory default. The process finished and indicated success. Unortunately, when I clicked restart, i get a black screen with a flashing white cursor at the top left and that does not go away.
If i have to buy a new operating system, perhaps windows 7, do i need to do anything else with the new drive?
I would like to try and fix this myself, rather than taking it to a computer repair shop.
Is it possible to get instructions on how to clone the recovery partition from my old hard drive to the new one?
My old hard drive when inserted still works and is Vista Home Premium. I am replacing the old drive because it has a lot of bad clusters and i am surprised that i was able to recover it to factiry default.
Your advise wold be appreciated.