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Re: Has my hard drive failed?
« Reply #15 on: June 04, 2012, 10:14:30 AM »
Even if I install a whole new hard drive?
If you have not got a CD/DVD there, of course. You need one to install an operating system.

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    Re: Has my hard drive failed?
    « Reply #16 on: June 04, 2012, 10:29:38 AM »
    If you have not got a CD/DVD there, of course. You need one to install an operating system.

    No, I understand that.

    I was just curious as to why I can't just pick up my own copy from, say, Walmart, and install that?

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    Re: Has my hard drive failed?
    « Reply #17 on: June 04, 2012, 11:30:33 AM »
    No, I understand that.

    I was just curious as to why I can't just pick up my own copy from, say, Walmart, and install that?
    1.  If at Walmart has it, it will be costly.
    2. The standard retail package  will not have all the drivers needed.

    Your choice. Aquatically, to have a a retail version may give you the opportunity to transfer it to a better computer  later on.

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      Re: Has my hard drive failed?
      « Reply #18 on: June 04, 2012, 12:24:02 PM »
      The standard retail package  will not have all the drivers needed.

      Ah...okay. Thank you!

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      Re: Has my hard drive failed?
      « Reply #19 on: June 04, 2012, 02:45:15 PM »
      Agreed. Purchasing your own copy of Windows is your best option.

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      Re: Has my hard drive failed?
      « Reply #20 on: June 04, 2012, 07:04:54 PM »
      Don't most Dells have a hidden recovery partition these days?
      If the startup recovery wizard is starting OK this generally means the drive is OK.

      Are there any ticking/knocking/grinding noises coming from the pc?

      Instead of purchasing your own copy with another licence, perhaps visit your local computer store. (A small independant store will be needed for this, Windows 7 Home Premium, and the subversion will need to be either a. 32-bit if you have equal to or less than 3.5GB of RAM, and b. 64-bit for anything over 3.5GB of RAM) and ask if they have any spare copies of just the CD you need. Your OEM key on the side of your machine will work just fine for the installation.

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        Re: Has my hard drive failed?
        « Reply #21 on: June 06, 2012, 07:08:36 AM »
        2. The standard retail package  will not have all the drivers needed.

        Here's a question for you...

        I have the drivers and utilities on disk--could I  use those?

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        Re: Has my hard drive failed?
        « Reply #22 on: June 06, 2012, 09:07:01 AM »
        As long as they are for the same Windows Version, yes. Let me try to explain drivers

        Windows inculdes "basic" drivers so most of your hardware will work (mouse, keyboard, display). But the more sophisticated drivers (the ones you should install) are not part of Windows - they are obtained from the websites of the various hardware manufacturers and they will provided added functionality for your devices. In the case of laptops, all drivers should be obtained from the website of your laptop manufacturer. For desktops, you can get them from either the desktop manufacturer's website or you can go to the websites of the various component manufacturers for the latest releases. For example, the driver for your display adapter should be downloaded from the manufacturer of your video card, etc.

        The first driver you should install is the chipset driver. That is obtained from either the website of your computer manufacturer or the motherboard manufacturer. Then install all the other drivers. If you have a disc that came with your computer and it has all of the drivers on it, you can use that (again, chipset driver first). But if it's not a fairly new disc you're probably better off getting the newest drivers from the web.

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          Re: Has my hard drive failed?
          « Reply #23 on: June 06, 2012, 09:10:00 AM »
          Thank you so much! You guys have been a great help!

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          Re: Has my hard drive failed?
          « Reply #24 on: June 06, 2012, 09:11:44 AM »
          Sure - that's what we're here for. If you run into any issues just post back and we'll try to help.

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          Re: Has my hard drive failed?
          « Reply #25 on: June 06, 2012, 10:18:58 AM »
          Please run a diagnostic test of your hard drive before proceeding to reinstalling or purchasing any retail disc.