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Re: Need to reformat my dell insprion 1501
You first need to ensure that the you have the drivers on the cd's or check if they are avaible on dell's website..
Then you will need a Windows XP CD.. Just put the windows xp formatting cd in cd-drive and restart computer...
When it should say "press any key to continue." (or similar) just press a random key on the keyboard.. (If it doesnt say "press any key to continue", right when you turn on computer press F2 and make CD/DVD Drive the first on the Boot list.. Then save settings..)
Wait for the blue screen to finish loading..
Delete the partition and install windows on the unformat space..
Format it as NFTS (select quick if u are in a hurry, but i doesnt recommend doing so..
Then just follow the instructions on the screen until finishing installing windows..
If your sound, wireless and stuff like that doesnt work after formatting insert the drivers cd i mentioned in the beginning and install its contents..
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Do a disk cleanup, and a defrag. Also, run antivirus and antispam programs. If all fails, backup your data and programs and do a full system recovery. If your computer does not have a recovery partition, then you will have to reformat your hard drive and reinstall your operating system, your programs, and restore your data. good luck.
this are the things that will help you upgrade your laptop.
first of all replace the ram memory with a higher configuration.then get your hard disk reformat by reinstalling fresh operating system like windows xp-sp2 or windows vista.install all the latest updates and drivers and its done.
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Dont worrie M8, all files can be saved if the disk is ok
I suggest you run the installation again, but when it comes to reinstall or repaire you select "REPAIRE", then the os will try to repair your system and not reinstall it, that will keep all things on the disk. If that dosent work you have to remove the disk, connect it to another pc/laptop and move the files she dont want to loose. Then put the disk back and reinstall it from the begining.
If you dont know how to connect it to another pc or have the needed cables to do it, i sugest you take the disk to a pc-repaire shop and ask them to help you save the files. They will copy all the files you want and store them on a cd/dvd/memostick. They can even tace a copy of the whole disk if you want.
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....
reboot you machine after cancelling all the installation set up details
Follow the instructions that follow as if you are installing Xp afresh (install, Accept terms,) then choose drive to install XP on (the one with current XP or else others) press delete (D) and follow the instruction to accept
After deleting choose Install XP and chose to format your disk the way you want Fast/Slow to FAT/NTFS
Please note formatting is deleting everything (EVERYTHING) on that disk preparing to store new information as a blank HDD i.e. you will lose everything on the disk viruses, bad stuff and all your valuable data on it