Question about Dell Inspiron E6550 Notebook
I would like to reformat it myself or at least get my personal documents and pictures off before I send it to someone else to fix so if anyone has any suggestions please let me know I really don't want to send it to someone else to fix if I can't get my personal documents and things off first, I know there is a way I just don't know how. Thank you,
You could try installing Windows on top of it's self, or onto another partition. It can even loaded on same drive where it renames the old Windows folder and creates a new one. However, these options are susceptible to data loss.
A safer way is to remove the hard drive, and attached as a secondary drive on another computer. You have the choice of internal or external. External (easiest) can be done with an universal adapter and connected to a USB port.
I'm using something like this right now.
Your other option is the reverse, attaching another drive to your PC and using DOS commands to copy files over to the attached USB storage device. This method is cheap and fairly easy, but you must know some basic DOS prompt commands.
Posted on Dec 10, 2012
You have to format a hard drive with a third party disk unless its a usb data drive Restart your computer During the boot process you will see on the screen to press a certain key to enter setup usually the Delete or the F2 key but will differ depending on your computer and Bios. Press and hold that key during the boot up process to enter BIOS then using the arrow keys navigate to advanced bios features press enter change your first boot device to cd press escape then press f10 to save to cmos restart this will erase you operating system you will have to have an operating system disk to load it onto you hard drive or create a partition to load another operating system. Note: After you have loaded the operating system you should go back and change the first boot device to failsafe or optimised defaults after windows has loaded If you are putting windows XP on your computer your computer will automatically restart it might restart 2 times one to finish the installation the next will be because the operating system is loaded and will boot from your cd\dvd. Hope this helps.
Posted on Dec 10, 2012
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
First, make sure that the wireless switch on the left side of the computer is turned on (this should make the WIFI light go on -- beneath the lower right corner of the screen). If it doesn't work, then try going to Start Menu > Control Panel > Network and Internet Connections > Network Connections.
You should see the Wireless Network Adapter in the window that comes up. If you don't, you need to download the driver for that adapter. The most common adapter in the D820 is the Dell 1390 WLAN MiniCard, and the driver for it can be downloaded at the following web address:
If, on the other hand, you do see the Wireless Network Adapter, but it says "Disabled" underneath the name, then right-click it and select "Enable." This should make it work.
I hope this helps - please let me know if I can be of any further assistance.
Posted on Dec 13, 2008
have you tried pressing F8 when it starts booting (keep pressing it before dell bios screen fully loads)
you should get a black screen with options,
scroll up to with arrow keys>> "last known good configeration"
let me know if that works?
also have you installed any programs or hardware befor this happened?
Posted on Apr 13, 2009
Are you talking about two problems on one computer? If so, the first problem doesn't matter until the second one is fixed. If you are talking about two different computers, then the problems can be each addressed.
For the hard drive that is not recognized, where did it come from? If you purchased it used, you may be out of luck. It sounds like you have a pretty good idea how computers work, and it also sounds like this hard drive does not work at all.
If these are both the same computer, then replacing the hard drive with a known working hard drive will most likely provide you with a solution.
I wish I had better news for you.
Posted on May 17, 2009
If the ram passed memtest then the problems are likely to by corrupt system files. rather than do a complete reinstall and have to worry about backing up the data try ReImage. They c will remotely fix the system files, leaving your data intact
Posted on Jul 18, 2009
step 1. open up the case and locate your hard drive
step 2. carefully remove the cables and power to the hard drive and remove it
step 3. goto your local office depot, staples, walmart or radio shack and buy a nice new hard drive somewhere around 250 gigs should be plenty for you,
step 4. now that yopu have a nice new hard drive put it in the spot where your old hard drive was in the conputer and plug both cables back into the new hard drive, after this is done put your case back on and start the computer up with your windows cd in the cd rom drive and reinstall windows. :) hope this helps
Posted on Oct 14, 2009
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