Reinstalling Vista on a replacement hard drive?

The hard drive became unusable on this new homebuilt computer. I RMA the hard drive and also purchased a new drive. When I try to install Vista on the new drive it says the drivers are missing. What can I do next? I would appreciate any advice.
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  1. I hope there is someone who knows the answer and is eager to share it with me. Thank you in advance.
  2. Install Vista using method 2 in this article. Boot the system to the Vista Installation disk as the article describes.

    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/918884
  3. The hard drive is a new blank hard drive. The operating system disk is authorized with the BIOS of this motherboard. When I try method 2 I get the message to install a second disk with the drivers on it. Where can I get the drivers? I do have another computer with the Vista 64 bit drivers . That doesn't work to try to use another system disk because I get the same result.
    I probably sound stupid at this point. when you install Vista on a new system the drivers automatically install from the system disk. Why not now?
  4. Thank you again for your quick reply. To put the problem more simply, how do I go about finding the drivers. I have never had to do this before.
  5. Could I create a Vista 64bit recovery disk from another system and use it to install the missing drivers. I have another computer with this system on it.
  6. Quote:
    The hard drive became unusable on this new homebuilt computer


    The motherboard comes with a driver/utility disk. Also, the motherboard/system drivers are available for download at the motherboard's online product page. You are not following method 2 correctly. Go into BIOS and set the first boot device to DVD. Insert the Vista installation DVD into the DVD tray and 'save and exit' BIOS. When prompted to 'press any key to boot to the Vista installation DVD' press any key at that time. I would suggest asking for help from someone who knows more than you do when installing Vista. Ask a friend to help or take the system to a shop where they know how to install an OS.
  7. Thank you so much for trying to help me. I did do some searching and found that a software called Drivermax, which is installed on my different 64bit system can get the drivers together in one location and then I could put them on a DVD and use the DVD to install on the Vista system calling for drivers. After doing all this I was able to use the dvd to get the Vista System disk to run and set up. All is well that ends with a satisfying solution. I do appreciate your interest and tips. Thank you.
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