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#1 JazzMahn

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Posted 22 February 2010 - 02:59 PM

I am helping a friend that has a 18 month old Dell Inspiron 1525 laptop running Vista Home Premium. Her hard drive is failing and it will be necessary to replace the hard drive.

I have been able to go in and use an external hard drive to save all of her picture, docements, etc.

I also saved the restoration partition that was put on the hard drive.

Here is my question. When I install a new hard drive, I assume that I should next install the Vista Home Premium from the included disk. Does it make any sense to reintroduce the restoration partition which I have saved on the hard drive. I could set up the partition when I first install Vista Home Premium.

My thinking is that I then could start the restoration process and thus have the computer installed with all the programs it originally came with.

I would need help with the following:

1) How to set up the restoration partition when I first set up Vista on the new hard drive. I can determine from the size of the files within the partition
how big it should be.

2) How to start the restoration process after I have the files for the restoration partition installed. on the computer. (I know on some computers
you would choose F10 or F11 to start the restoration process!)

3) Is it really worth the bother to go through all of this. I DO HAVE THE VISTA INSTALLATION CD AND THE DRIVERS!!!

Thanks for any and all thoguhts on this. I appreciate all your ideas.

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#2 JazzMahn

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Posted 22 February 2010 - 03:02 PM

Dell wanted $50.00 to even talk to her since her warranty had run out. I thought that was pretty bad.

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Posted 22 February 2010 - 03:12 PM

I would for the safe of what happens if that CD you created failed or gets lost?

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Posted 22 February 2010 - 03:31 PM

Thanks Cryptodan,

I have both a CD of the restoration partition and I also have it on my external. My friend is going to Best Buy tomorrow to get a drive that matches what is in her laptop. If the CD doesn't work, I can still paste from my external. Does that make sense??

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Posted 22 February 2010 - 03:48 PM

If the system is out of warranty tell her to get a much bigger drive.

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Posted 22 February 2010 - 05:19 PM

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I told her she could get a 320 for about $70.00 on line. A 500 gig was $119.00. I agree that most of the laptop have really small hard drives.

Does my idea to restore make any sense? It would put all the programs that Dell originally had on the computer back on.




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