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Media Direct problem

I tried to reformat my sister's dell xps and after i reformat it and itnstalled the os which is windows XP the dell media direct won't work then i tried to install the media direct but it can't be installed it says that i need to install the media direct first before the os but i don't have any idea how to do that.. can anyone please help me by giving step by step procedure for reinstallation of the media direct... Thank you so much!!

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  • Anonymous Apr 09, 2009

    I have the same problem. I don´t have the Dell Media Direct Disk? Can I format the laptop preserving the current disk partition? thanks!

  • IamJoe Apr 09, 2009

    I ahve the same problem, but I don´t have the Dell Media Direct Disk. Can I format the laptop preserving the current disk partition? thanks

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Try to load the motherboard cd first then install the media.Just look for the commands

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This is a known problem my friend... The Dell Media Direct Software requires a different partition to work (except version 4.0) so here is what you need to do... You need to boot using the Dell Media Direct Disk n let it create a partition for itself... then go about reinstalling your OS n then once the OS is installed then pop the Dell Media Direct disk back in again n complete the installation....

Hope this answers your query :-)

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Hello,

Here is the steps,

1.Turn on your computer.

2.Insert the reinstallation media (Dell Media Direct CD/DVD) into the CD/DVD drive, then restart the computer.

3. press F12 when the bios page comes up and then select CD/DVD drive from the boot menu.

"Option 1" from the menu if you wish to use all of the hard drive for you operating system installation. This is the most common selection and how is your computer was originally shipped to you, unless you specified an operating system partition size at the time you ordered you computer.

"Option 2" to designate a size for your operating system and have a data partition. This allows you to specify a size for the operating system partittion, leaving the remainder, of the hard drive configured as a "data" partition ("D")

4. Once you have prepared the drive and you have returned to the main recovery menu, remove the installation media and replace it with you operating system reinstallation media. Select the option to reboot your computer. If your computer does not automatically start the media, press <F12> to access the boot menu and select the Cd/DVD boot option.

5.Install your operating system, select the Primary partition when prompted. If you have two hard drives, select the primary partition on the same disk where hte media direct partition resides. Once the OS is installed and the necessary drivers are installed you can begin the reinstallation of the dell mediaDirect software.

Good Luck,
Austin

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please, Let me know :)

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