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Hard Drive I replaced the factory Hard drive from Dell because they said my old hard drive was bad. Dell also mailed me a burned CD that said Dimension 4600 on it. Once I got the hard drive installed. I turned on my computer and I didn't know what CD to put in. I got a message that said "Primary Drive 0 found" Then I entered the Dimension 4600 CD and pressed F1 and it said do I want to boot from a hard disk or CD Rom, I chose CD and then I had a list of 5 choices, I tried a couple of them and nothing seemed to work. Window's won't even come on. Please help!

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  • drew2682 Aug 31, 2007

    What CD do I enter? The windows cd or the dimension 4600 cd that they sent me. I kept getting an error message for the IDE drive.

  • drew2682 Aug 31, 2007

    The dell guy told me to put the windows xp cd in. When do I put the windows xp cd in then?

  • drew2682 Aug 31, 2007

    If I remember right it didn't seem like it did. I had to hit F1 after the cd rom light went off, then I chose like option 2- boot from Cd rom. Then it gave me like 5 or 6 choses. They were like diagnostic checks? I didn't know what option to pick.

  • drew2682 Aug 31, 2007

    Ok I am not by the computer that is having the problem. I am at work and it is at home. Can you just tell me what steps I should take from the moment right before I turn my computer on. I will print it out and work on it when I get home. Thanks.

  • drew2682 Aug 31, 2007

    Thanks, I will let you know, one more question, the other night it wanted me to insert a floppy disk into drive A: That was already formatted, what does this mean? How do I get a formatted disk.



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Put the CD in your CD Drive and shut off the pc. Then start it up again making sure the CD is still in the drive. You will then be asked if you want to boot from CD. Press any key to confirm this (it might skip asking you if it detects that your hard-drive is already blank) Then you want to let it run its install routine. Im not sure what options it will give you but the ones you are looking for is FULL install.

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  • Anonymous Aug 31, 2007

    The Dimension 4600 CD

  • Anonymous Aug 31, 2007

    Im not sure what is on your Dimension 4600 CD, im assuming its the restoer cd.

    This should be put in first.

    When you do have it in and restart the pc does it look like its doing anything?

  • Anonymous Aug 31, 2007

    Ok, do everything I said earlier but put the XP CD in instead. It looks like the cd Dell sent you is a driver only cd.

    If you get stuck, let me know what's on screen and Il guide you.


  • Anonymous Aug 31, 2007


    Here is a link to a website that has a step by step guide and pictures:

    When you get to the bit about deleting a partition if you dont see that screen then it means you dont already have a partition, so you just press enter on the only option it will give you. Then continue following the guide.

    Let me know how you get on

  • Anonymous Aug 31, 2007

    Not sure why it asked for that, it might have been trying to make a bott disk or a driver disk!!

    Without a working system you wont be able to make a formatted disk.

    If you have access to a pc, get any floppy you dont need and insert it. then go to My computer and right click on drive A: then just click format.



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