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Replacing Hd

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#1 Billcvrt


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Posted 21 October 2006 - 11:56 AM

If I am going to replace a my PC Hard Drive do I need to re-install windows?

The Windows XP reinstallation disc that came with my Dell PC doesn't work. I attempted to reinstall windows but it partially worked. It did delete my HD but it won't reinstall. Also, the reason that I am replacing my HD is a due to a nasty virus/adware/spyware that my kids inadvertantly installed when the clicked on a "win a trip to Disney pop-up ad."

I wanted to replace my HD anyway in order to give myself more space so combating the reinstallation isn't worth the effort.


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Posted 21 October 2006 - 11:58 AM

Your Dell Restore cd should work.

Go into your bios and make sure that the cd is first on the boot order.

You may have to format your new hard drive with tools you can download from the manufacturer of the drive.

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Posted 22 October 2006 - 06:59 AM

Actually, I'd recommend a complete system restore using the Dell CD's (the repair option won't necessarily get rid of the virus). Then you can use a second hard drive for your storage requirements.
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