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I was looking for step-by-step install guide to putting new hard drive and loading Windows XP on my Dell Inspiron E1505?? I purchased a WD 320GB SATA hard drive to replace my dead 80gb hard drive....Dell is sending me the new Windows XP operating system discs as they did not come with the PC when purchased new. Want to know if I load Windows XP, then format HD, or vice versa, etc... Thanks in advance for any help.

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You need a windows xp installation disc, if you have this installation disc, then you can go on and format your laptop using the installation disc. if this is your first time to do a "fresh install", this link will give you a step by step guide on how to do it. How To Install Windows XP

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All you've got to do is:

1) Insert the new hard drive.
2) Press the F8 key as the laptop boots. This will take you into the BIOS.
3) Locate the disk drive priority setting in the bios.
4) Set Priority 1 to your CD/DVD drive and priority 2 to the 320GB hard drive.
5) Save settings and exit the BIOS. This should reboot your laptop.
6) Insert the Windows XP CD.
7) It should not start the setup as it recognises the CD.
8) I will recommend that you format the drive before you install, go along with the format (make sure it does a full format).
9) After the format it will reboot your system.
10) You will be prompted with a message like "Press any key to boot form CD", DON'T press anything otherwise it will start all over again.
11) Now it should start the install. Follow the on-screen instructions.

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