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Old 05-20-2011, 09:12 PM
 
Location: Sarasota-Manatee, Florida
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Hi Everyone, I have a Dell Inspiron E1505 laptop. It currently has a 60GB hard drive and is full. I want to replace the internal hard drive in the computer. I have done it to other computers before, I know how. But, here is my problem. I deleted the recovery OS portion of the hard drive a while back when I needed more room on the HD. If I put a new HD in the computer what are my options on installing a fresh copy of Windows?
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Old 05-20-2011, 09:14 PM
 
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
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Your options are windows 95, windows 98, windows me, windows xp, windows 2000, windows vista, and windows 7 (maybe even windows 3.1).

Easy. Just physically install the hard drive. Place a copy of a windows install disk in the cd/dvd player and turn your PC on. You might have to go into the bios and tell the computer to boot from the cd player first - no big deal.
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Old 05-20-2011, 09:29 PM
 
Location: Pomona
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If you can't do a fresh install anymore because you don't have a disc ...

- Download and install Acronis True Image, WD Edition.
WD Support
- Buy a WD hard drive.
Newegg.com - Computer Hardware, Hard Drives, Laptop Hard Drives, Western Digital, SATA 3.0Gb/s
- Buy an external enclosure to mount the new drive in.
Newegg.com - Vantec NexStar TX 2.5" SATA to USB 2.0 External Hard Drive/SSD Enclosure - Model NST-210S2-BK
- Clone your current drive into the external drive.
- Remove the new drive from the external enclosure and install the drive into the laptop.
- Verify that everything works.
- If all is well, install the old drive into the enclosure, and now you have an external drive for backup.
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Old 05-21-2011, 06:07 AM
 
Location: Sarasota-Manatee, Florida
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I would purchase an external but I plan on giving this computer away to a friend so a new internal HD would be ideal. I have a Dell Vista disk that came with the family's desktop for a Dell Inspiron 531, would this work for the laptop?
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Old 05-21-2011, 11:54 AM
 
Location: Pomona
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Reread what I wrote. You will be installing the new drive into the laptop after the cloning.

What OS was originally installed on the laptop? Look for the COA sticker on the underside.
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Old 05-21-2011, 12:40 PM
 
Location: Wicker Park, Chicago
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If you know how to torrent you can torrent a Dell XP recovery disk. dell xp - Picktorrent.com - Search Torrents and Download Torrents

Use utorrent to download.
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Old 05-22-2011, 12:51 PM
 
Location: Pomona
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One additional aspect if you're doing a fresh installation ... drivers. Download all of them first and put them on a CD or a USB stick or something. You WILL need them.
http://support.dell.com/support/down...&catid=&impid=
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Old 05-22-2011, 12:57 PM
 
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
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If you know how to torrent you can torrent a Dell XP recovery disk. dell xp - Picktorrent.com - Search Torrents and Download Torrents

Use utorrent to download.

Does that work for any computer, meaning his computer?
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Old 05-22-2011, 01:09 PM
 
Location: Pomona
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Does that work for any computer, meaning his computer?
If it's indeed the OEM Dell version, it'll work on any Dell in which the BIOS has the prerequisite SLP 1.0 or higher.

Vista requires SLP 2.0 or higher ... and that's why I asked about what version of Windows is on the COA sticker. An XP laptop might not have the proper credentials, and so Vista activation will fail.

Windows 7 requires SLP 2.1 or higher.
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Old 05-22-2011, 09:56 PM
 
Location: Sarasota-Manatee, Florida
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thank you for the replies. I just think it wasn't a good idea for dell to install the recovery disks on the hard drive. I like the disc method better. Didn't they ever think that some people may want an hard drive upgrade and would of needed the OS disks handy. Doesn't make sense
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