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Need help with installing new HDD (Windows 7)


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#1 Tim Of Florida

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Posted 20 June 2014 - 07:55 PM

My friend gave me his girlfriends computer because it wasn't opening windows. I was able to get windows (W7) open a few times yet kept getting an error message that "the hard disk drive is failing or had already failed". I ran various internal W7 diag tests and they all returned the same answer that the HDD was or had failed. Then started getting error messages that the motherboard couldn't communicate with the HDD. The CPU is a Dell Inspiron with 8 GIGs RAM.

 

He has told me to go ahead and buy a new HDD so tomorrow I will be buying a compatable SATA, 1TB HDD and installing W7 using the OEM W7 disc he gave me. So my question(s) to you are what steps should I take and what should I expect when I boot the CPU with the new HDD? What about the drivers for the CD/DVD drive, the network card, the video drivers etc?

 

Thanks for any advice and insight you can give. I do have some experience with replacing hardware but this is my first time installing a new HDD and OS  in a CPU.


Edited by Tim Of Florida, 20 June 2014 - 07:57 PM.


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Posted 20 June 2014 - 08:00 PM

 Was that OEM W7 disc been used in another computer?  If so, it's not going to work in yours.  There're also concerns with drivers, helper apps, and application software.  Why not get the discs from Dell to restore that computer to factory settings?  Just get the service tag no. from the sticker, and contact Dell via their web site or phone.  They'll probably charge you a small fee ($25 to $35 maybe), but you'll be much much better off that way.

 

Good luck.


Everyone with a computer should back his system up to an external hard drive regularly.  :thumbsup:

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Posted 20 June 2014 - 09:10 PM

I also doubt you would be able to use that W7 installer. But that doesn't mean you can't use that computer anymore. Buy a hard drive and discover Linux OSes... the two popular ones are Ubuntu (now on version 14.x) and Linux Mint (version 17). They're FREE! 

 

 

 

Ubuntu:

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dkk1em4kWb0

 

 

Linux Mint:

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bdYF_R6Ulh8

 

 

 

Cheers!


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Posted 21 June 2014 - 12:20 PM

FWIW:  Installing Win 7, IME, requires 3 things:  a system with no problems...a valid license...a legal install disk.  Failing either leads to unnecessary expectations/frustrations, IMO.

 

Quite honesly...if overcoming whatever is amiss with that system was so simple...I'd have to wonder at anyone giving the system away.

 

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Posted 21 June 2014 - 12:45 PM

FWIW:  Installing Win 7, IME, requires 3 things:  a system with no problems...a valid license...a legal install disk.  Failing either leads to unnecessary expectations/frustrations, IMO.

 

Quite honesly...if overcoming whatever is amiss with that system was so simple...I'd have to wonder at anyone giving the system away.

 

Louis

Sorry Louis, left something out in the original post, "He gave it to me to FIX"!! It's not a gift.



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Posted 21 June 2014 - 01:25 PM

Aahhhhh, that's different :).

 

Then...it seems that you should have all the necessary ingredients for a successful install of Win 7.  The one suggestion that I make is...don't make the Windows partition too large...and don't create any other partitions from the Windows disk.  Create a small partition (50-100GB) for Windows and programs...the disk will format/create partition/install.

 

After Windows is installed and booted into...you can create any desired additional partitions, install motherboard/system drivers, activate, go to Windows Update, etc.

 

Louis






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