1. If you don't want to buy a new writable optical drive for the laptop,
take your hard drive in its USB enclosure over to a friend's house and use
2. The restore disks will work on a bare metal drive. That's one of the
reasons to have them.
3. I don't believe you could just pull the drivers from the restore disks,
although something like isobuster might work. The restore disks are images.
You could look on HP's website for the drive controller drivers. However,
my experience with HP is that you really need to use their restore disks
and with some models installing from a retail copy of Vista will give you
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