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#1 attaG1RL

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Posted 17 October 2011 - 11:54 AM

Hello & thank you in advance for your help! I hope this isn't an entirely obvious or dumb question-- I just want to make sure I do everything properly. :blush:


System & Hardware Specifics:

-Dell Inspiron n5010 w/Windows 7
-Western Digital HDD, model WD3200BEVT-75A23T0


Synopsis:

After a confirmed hard drive failure on my aunt's laptop, Dell delivered a brand new HDD for us to install. I will be doing the installation and will be properly grounded w/machine off & battery removed, using a nylon case open tool, and removing (& reinstalling) case & parts in recommended & meticulous order. No problem. :thumbup2:


My question:

After installing the new HDD, what steps do I need to take and in which order to get the system software installed? I have referred to the Dell setup guide provided w/the laptop, which gives instructions for restoring the operating system, but not in reference to after installing a brand new hard drive.

My aunt burned her system recovery onto 2 discs when she got the laptop, and the laptop itself came with a "Drivers and utilities" disc. Dell's website documentation said that I need to download and generate the BIOS update utility specific to the laptop's service tag, and then burn this to a separate disc to be used for the new drive as well. I am a little confused...

Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

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Posted 17 October 2011 - 01:36 PM

If it is the same drive I cant imagine it needing a bios update, I would say once its all back together pop in the recovery discs and boot from them and see what happens

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Posted 17 October 2011 - 04:38 PM

You would need to visit the Dell website and put the service tag in and look at the specifics of the BIOS update to decide. If they call it optional that is one thing. If the call it recommended or critical well then read the details.

Restoring the operating system whether it is restored to a new drive or the original drive is the same process.

http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/systems/insN5010/en/index.htm for links to the maintenance manual.

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Posted 17 October 2011 - 05:02 PM

I see no need to do the BIOS update.
The restoration cd's should put the system back to an "out of the box" state.
Your Aunt will be glad that she burned those cd's when she did.
Just boot off the first one and follow the prompts. It should be straight forward but might take an hour or so to finish.
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Posted 17 October 2011 - 05:31 PM

Eyesee, if checking the bios update says urgent then I'd want to see the specifics myself. Dell has had some bios releases that needed to be updated. So has HP for that matter.

For example on some of the Toshiba Laptops the bios really needed to be updated to prevent the bios setting a bios password that was random. Toshiba was even paying for warranty on laptops that had set a bios password until the end of 2010 which was past the end of normal warranty. Part of the repair was updating to the latest bios after clearing the password. So I always like to check. If it just says something like add support for new CPUs then why bother of course.

I agree on the restore DVDs.

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Posted 17 October 2011 - 06:12 PM

I dont think it is necessary. Personally, I havent flashed a BIOS in over 15 years.
No need to do so unless you are having an issue that the BIOS update specifically addresses.

If you are just going to reinstall Windows I wouldnt do it.
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Posted 17 October 2011 - 08:52 PM

The only time you would need a BIOS update is if your changing hardware with a newer model, and then its usually only with CPUs and maybe memory. With hard drives a Bios update is virtually unheard of, especially if its the same model of hard drive.

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Posted 17 October 2011 - 11:21 PM

Thank you, thank you ALL! Mega hugs.

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Posted 19 October 2011 - 08:29 PM

A quick update: Hard drive installation and operating system restoration was a 100% success.

Once I installed the new hardware & put the machine back together, I put the first system restore disc in, booted up the system, and followed the on-screen instructions. It was a piece of cake, and no BIOS update was necessary after all.

Thank you so much for your support: thepatriot11, rotor123, and Eyesee-- you guys are awesome.

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Posted 19 October 2011 - 09:31 PM

Glad you got it working!
Good Job!! :thumbsup:

We will be here if you need us in the future!

Edit: Check device manager to make sure that all the devices are functioning correctly and that the proper drivers are installed.

Edited by Eyesee, 19 October 2011 - 09:34 PM.

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