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.