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Recreating a system after HD failure


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#1 Daytona2

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Posted 09 September 2013 - 08:23 AM

My friends 2 year old Dell Inspiron suffered hard disc failure recently when it was dropped whilst booting. I recovered his documents with Quetek's Disk Recoup and File Scavenger and loaded them on to his new computer. He'd like to resurrect the old computer by putting in a new hard disk and installing Windows 7. There are no recovery discs. I've no experience of installing operating systems since the MS-DOS days so am not confident. Is what he's asking feasible ?

 



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Posted 09 September 2013 - 10:03 AM

Since this is a OEM laptop I would suggest purchasing the installation discs from Dell and installing the operating system from those discs.  There are functions which use the OEM software, so you need to use the discs made specifically for that laptop.

 

These discs should include the drivers, this will save you the time of going to Dell's website to download them.

 

Please post the model of this Inspiron.  Once I have this I should be able to provide you with a link for instructions for the use of the installation disc.


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Posted 09 September 2013 - 02:58 PM

Thanks dc3 - it's a Dell Inspiron N5030.



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Posted 09 September 2013 - 04:00 PM

You can find instructions for a manual installation of Windows 7 here.

 

Begin with step 2. in the manually install method.


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Posted 13 September 2013 - 01:21 AM

Thanks dc3, I'll get him to order the discs and give it a go ! :)






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