I have a Dell Dimesnion 4300 S. I want to replace hard drive. I only have two blue CDs that came with the computer and th XP disk. There was a red disk but it is lost. Can I bring the system up with the new hard drive and these disks only?
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Re: Hard Driv REplacement
Install the hdd first. then install windows cd, then the driver cd. be sure that windows is fully updated once everything is installed. you can then add any software. if you have access to the net before changing the hdd, you may want to visit the dell website and download the latest drivers for everything, motherboard, graphics, etc.
if the 2 blue cd's do not say they are driver cd's, you should get the driver download first. they may be cd's which are referred to as the restore cd's. restore cd's often contain software that is trial or not what you may want,but takes the pc back to "factory settings".
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what you are getting is know as the Blue Screen Of Death. You can very easily replace the hard drive for this computer. and easier option would you could get either your repair cds that come with the computer or you could purchase windows xp vista or seven cds. once you get these cds you can format and reinstall the operating system. you want to make sure you partition the drive. all yu do is put the cd in the cd drive and as soon as you turn the power on the computer look on the bottom right and left it should say setup or bios hit f2 or f12. you are going to want to go into there and select the boot order. you can move around in your bios by the arrow keys. you will want to select boot from cd. Once the setting are changed you can save and exit. it will then boot from cd. once it does it will be self explanatory on the screen walking you threw setting up windows. after you complete set up your computer will restart. you will want to repeat earlier steps and go into bios and change boot setup back to your hard rive. you should be all set by then.
One bad lead can cause a computer to continue on a cycle or to shutdown or fail to detect your hard drive Test the leads that attach to your hard drive from the motherboard or replace all the leads that attach to your hard drive including electrical extensions + IDE,SATA and the ones that attach from your motherboard to hard drive make sure all leads that are attached to your drives dvd\cd 3 1/2 inch floppy have secure connections and are not faulty even the electic extensions or just replace them they are probably old and faulty a computer needs its connections to have an end so any faulty leads will end up with a computer error hope this helps
Here is the manual information
That shows you how to do the physical hardware change. The operating system may be another story. If the other Dell is the same model, you may not have a lot of trouble, if the model is different, you will most likely have to re-install Windows and all applications
when you mean restore your computer you mean reinstall windows onto it i presume. if you bought it from new you can restore from the hidden partition on the hard drive now i was told you either hold down ctrl and f11 or f12 not too sure now and it will ask you if you want to restore this but id it has had another drive installed by someone else then you need your dell xp disk and the drives disk which is normally a blue one which says drivers and utilities on it. good luck with that
change your ide cable or sata.
Reset your bios settings pull cmos cell from motherbord for minute so all settings are defaults.
Also boot your computer with winxp disk then if you able to enter in setup then go to recovery console mode and run "chkdsk /r' command .
Also check your harddisk is master set jumper in master position .
If you have the oprating system disk with you thats the most convenient way to install the OS. Else the only option left for you is to contact dell and then order a new OEM disk which costs only $10 - 11 which is very less as compared to the price of a new OS
You can change the hard drive, but it will create major driver issues. You will have to let the computer tell you which drivers are missing and go back and download them from the manufacturers website or use the software that you have. You cannot damage the hdd doing this.
The easy way to do this would be to install this as a secondary hdd, this would allow for more storage and less problems.
Your hard drive probably needs replaced but before you go and purchase anything I would check the cabling.
You will need to power off and unplug our computer. You will want to remove the panel from the computer so you can get access to the inside once inside you will want to make sure that the cable to the hard drive is firmly in place and the other end is firmly connected to *********** board.
If the cable is tight you can try to reboot your computer to see what happens. and rerun your disgnostics if it continues to fail you will need a new hard drive.