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reload computer files onto new hard drive

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#1 fredg


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Posted 25 November 2011 - 01:09 PM

I have windows vista home premium service pack 2 on a dell inspiron 545s system. When I log onto windows I get this message: Notice- hard drive self monitoring system has reported that a parameter has exceeded its normal operating range. Dell recommends that you back up your data regularly. A parameter out of range may or may not indicate a potential hard drive failure. Press F1 to continue, F2 to enter startup." I have run the dell diagnostic program and the hard drive failed one of the tests...(Htp test?) I have attempted system repair and it said it could not fix the computer and that the hard drive was bad. I have backed up my system onto 7 DVDs. Does the vista backup and restore center make a complete copy of the operating system including windows? I am not sure how to proceed as I am not familiar with how to remove, install or format a new hard drive. Can you help me?

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#2 hamluis



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Posted 25 November 2011 - 02:07 PM


"The file backup and restore features in Windows Vista help you keep your data safe from user error, hardware failure, and other problems. Windows Backup and Restore Center gives you one place to manage all backup and restore features. Depending on the version of Windows Vista you have, there are two approaches you can take to backing up files: Automatic Backup, which backs up just your files and data; or Complete PC Backup, which backs up everything on your PC, including the operating system and applications." From MS website.

See the Dell website/support webpage for your system...on how to reinstall Windows.



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