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Complete Wipe and Clean Reinstall of Windows 7


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#1 ajdude08

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Posted 31 October 2012 - 03:29 AM

Hey there everyone,

I am a relative neophyte, and I could use some help in clarifying exactly what I need to do to install windows after I
wipe my hard drive clean of everything (including my current installation of windows 7)

I currently have a dell inspiron 1545 running windows 7. I bought it new and I think with Windows pre-installed.
That hard drive crashed, so I got a replacement one and that one did not come with any CDs or DVDs.

First question:
I've read that nowadays that most manufacturers don't ship disc's, but rather deposit recovery partition on the hard drive.
If I create a DVD with this recovery partition will it be exactly the same as if I buy a new windows installation disc?
Meaning, will I be able to use this DVD to install windows once there's no OS left?

Thanks in advance!

Edited by ajdude08, 31 October 2012 - 03:30 AM.


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Posted 31 October 2012 - 04:20 AM

http://support.dell.com/support/topics/global.aspx/support/dsn/en/document?docid=347576
Hi -
The above link is a good place to start for recovery directions -
Try this link also Click on Windows7 and follow directions - It is direct to Dell -

You can request a replacement Dell instalation CD Here:

Thank You -

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Posted 05 November 2012 - 08:11 PM

http://support.dell.com/support/topics/global.aspx/support/dsn/en/document?docid=347576
Hi -
The above link is a good place to start for recovery directions -
Try this link also Click on Windows7 and follow directions - It is direct to Dell -

You can request a replacement Dell instalation CD Here:

Thank You -


Thank you so much.
I was wondering if instead of requesting a replacement Dell installation CD, I could burn one from the PC restores hidden partition.
I still want to clean the HDD, so i don't want to reinstall from the partition directly

Edited by ajdude08, 05 November 2012 - 08:12 PM.


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Posted 05 November 2012 - 10:06 PM

I would think asking for a replacement disc will be your best bet here because in your original post you stated that the hard drive is dead so the partition is corrupt. Any partition cloning always have a slight risk of not wanting to work or if it doesn't see the partition

It may have the partition in the replacement hard drive. I am not very positive though

Edited by coxchris, 05 November 2012 - 10:26 PM.

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