Acer Aspire 4315 laptop with Vista op sys. Laptop can't find hard drive on computer. Tried reinstall and it can't see hd drive. Keep gettting error mess and it won't boot up. Shoul I purchase a new hard drive. I used an Active boot disk and it did not reconize it. What can I do?
Sounds like your hard drive failed. Time for a new one.
An 'Active boot disk' is a Live CD?
You can take your HDD out of your laptop and hook it up to a PC as an extra HDD. That will let you check it out in more detail. An especially bad malware infection might have caused the problem. Or the whole HDD could have had an electronic or mechanical failure.