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Using Dell Recovery partition

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#1 CluelessNI


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Posted 11 August 2009 - 04:13 PM


My stepson has a Dell laptop on which the HDD is giving indications that it is about to fail. It has started to freeze and when I have run the Dell diagnostics it has failed 3 of the HDD tests. Research indicates this shows imminent HDD failure. Anyway I have purchased a new HDD but, as this laptop has the Dell Recovery partition, I am not sure how I can re-install the OS on the new HDD. I understand how to use the recovery partition if I was repairing the original OS installation but as I am installing a new HDD I am unclear how to get the OS on the new drive. I have a sinking feeling that I should have created some recovery disks when we first got the laptop and then could use thesed. Is this right? If so can I create then another way. For example I can connect his HDD to my own PC using a USB connector an can access the Recovery partition. Is there any way I can create the necessary disks this way.

With thanks....

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Posted 11 August 2009 - 05:21 PM

Dell replaced for free the last time I used it
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#3 CluelessNI

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Posted 12 August 2009 - 01:18 AM

Hi Garmanma - thanks for this. I tried the link but because I am outside of the US I cannot use it. However I can call my Regional dell support and request them this way. I'll try this later (when they open) and post an entry as to how sucessful it is.
Once again with thanks.............

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