Thanks for the welcome and the reply.
I walked him through it again this morning. We're in diff states so was trying to walk him through if just based of his discription and it so happened that he just wasn't following instrustions too well last night. It has been recovered and is up and running.
My brother recently purchased a HP that came with Vista, but no Vista DVD. The problem is the current HD is failing and we need to install the OS to a new one. How can I achieve that without the Vista disk?