I edited my original post about my hp being back up and running, it isn't. First it slowed down to a crawl and I get a stop code that says unmountable boot volume. I tried booting it up with the USB hoping to repair it. No go as the repair screen never came up. Now I'm trying to reinstall Windows and the first time it came back with an error message that says cannot install Windows on specified drive partition. I did not have this problem before. I'm literally at my wits end with this. Refurbished laptop, 16 gigs of ram a new hard drive and now this. I'm attempting to install Windows again. If this doesn't work I don't know what else to do. I can't afford a new one and I'm strapped now as it is. Any suggestions at all.
New HD arrived today and HP is back up and running. How long is anyone's guess lol.