Dell Inspiron 530 Hard Drive Replacement & OS Installation

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Dell Inspiron 530 Hard Drive Replacement & OS Installation

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Hi

I have recently had a problem in loading the Viata operating software. I ran Dell diagnostics and found that I have a fault on the hard drive (Failed Read Test).

I have started looking into changing the hard drive and if I am right, the windows installation files are in a partition drive D:. I have a "brown operating system" disk for re-installing the OS.

My question is:

How do I load the OS onto the new drive if the existing drive is removed?

Do you need to copy the OS files onto the the new drive first and then use the "brown" disk?

Is the "brown" disk a bootable disk and will this format and partition the new drive.

Thanks

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  •  Al Inspiron 530

    The 'Brown' disc should be a Dell Vista Reinstallation DVD, that is the same as the retail Vista DVD, except it's tied to the Dell BIOS.

    Yes, the DVD is bootable and the hard drive can partitioned and formatted as part of the installation.

    The details of the procedures for a Manual Reinstall of Vista, using the Dell Vista reinstallation DVD, are HERE

    Bev.

     

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  • Hi Bev

    Thanks for this, it is now clear what I need to do.

    Changing the hard drive seems now to be straight forward, wish me luck Smile

    Thanks again

    Al

  •  Al Inspiron 530

    You are welcome and if you have any issues, post back.

    Bev.

     

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