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Help with blank hard drive installation.


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#1 JeepTJ

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Posted 13 November 2015 - 10:06 AM

I had the hard drive in my Dell PC crash. I bought a new hard drive that is totally blank. After I install the new hard drive, what do I have to do to get windows going? I have a disc for windows vista, if I just put the disc in after everything is hooked up and turned on will it recognize the disc and load windows from it so I can get on the internet. I'm pretty much in the dark here, I just need to know what I have to do after I'm all hooked up to get the PC up and running with it's new harddrive.


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Posted 13 November 2015 - 02:23 PM

Windows must be installed on the new drive, after the drive has been formatted.  If you have a valid Windows install disk, it will perform the partitioning, then install the Windows version.

 

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Posted 13 November 2015 - 02:58 PM

How do I format the new hard drive?



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Posted 13 November 2015 - 03:21 PM

As Hamlius indicated, once the Windows DVD boots, you will be given the choice to let Windows format the new drive just before it installs itself.


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Posted 13 November 2015 - 03:34 PM

Ok. Thanks, I guess I didn't read it right.



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Posted 13 November 2015 - 04:41 PM

Ok. Thanks, I guess I didn't read it right.

You did aok, I simply added what the Windows disk will ask you before it does it.


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Posted 14 November 2015 - 11:42 AM

You can find a good tutorial for installing Vista here.

 

You are eventually going to need the product key for this installation.  This will be located one the case of the computer.  If you post the model of this computer I can tell you where to find it.


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Posted 14 November 2015 - 11:49 AM

The computer is a Dell 530S. Thank you.



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Posted 14 November 2015 - 12:12 PM

The key is usually found on the side or back of the desktop.


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Posted 14 November 2015 - 12:20 PM

Thanks...I found a sticker that said key on it...there are 2 lines the top has 10 digits, the bottom has 15. Which is the one I want? Also, we got the blank hard drive in, put it the CD, but  get a screen that says "boot from cd" hit enter and the same screen comes back. Any ideas?



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Posted 14 November 2015 - 12:26 PM

The product code should be a 25 character alphanumerical code.

 

There should be a message which states press any key to boot from CD.  Pressing Enter should take you to the installation.


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Posted 14 November 2015 - 12:40 PM

Ok...there must be something way wrong with this PC. I hit enter and it doesn't do anything. Now it's saying "no boot device available" I don't know if it's just garbage maybe. Frustrating when I have no idea what I'm doing. Thanks for trying to help me.



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Posted 14 November 2015 - 12:49 PM

Are you seeing the message to press any key to boot from the CD?

 

Is the boot order in the BIOS set so that the optical drive is the first device in the boot order, and the hdd the second device?


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Posted 14 November 2015 - 12:55 PM

No it doesn't say press any key...just says boot from cd.  How do I get to the boot order in the BIOS?



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Posted 14 November 2015 - 01:08 PM

When you see "boot from CD,"  you're there, simply hit the Enter key and that should you take right into what dc3 & Hamlius described.


Edited by RolandJS, 14 November 2015 - 06:09 PM.

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