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Reinstalling XP on new hard drive (without CD)


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#1 ItsThat

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Posted 10 June 2010 - 06:32 PM

I have a four year old Dell with Windows XP Media Center Edition. I want to put in a brand new hard drive and do a clean install of Windows on it. I contacted Dell, but they'll charge me $60 to even talk to me since the warranty period is over.

Somebody told me that there's a partition that has the OS install on it that I can put on a USB drive or CD and then put that in with the new hard drive. I want to be fully sure that is the best way of doing this. And if so, how exactly do I make that bootable disk?

Thanks.

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Posted 10 June 2010 - 07:08 PM

what model dell ? right click my computer --> manage --> disk management will show you if you have a restore partition on the drive.

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Posted 11 June 2010 - 07:36 AM

It's an XPS 400. I'll try that when I get home.

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Posted 11 June 2010 - 08:31 AM

I've not tried it myself, but PCStats has a pretty good article and guide on cloning your system drive that might be useful in your situation. Could be worth consideration.

Beginners Guides: Cloning WindowsXP

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Posted 11 June 2010 - 09:20 AM

Agree with Brother Bill, cloning the drive to a larger drive...seems to be the easiest, best solution.

Any number of programs will afford you this capability.

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Posted 11 June 2010 - 09:41 AM

Dan Goodall has a good write up and some stuff on the Dell recovery partition. well worth looking into
http://www.goodells.net/dellrestore/index.htm#fixes




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