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Laptop - Installing hard drive

I have a Dell Inspiron 9300 that currently has Windows XP. At boot-up, I now see the blue screen of death with DOS-like lines stating disk problems, which leads me to assume I need to replace my hard drive.

I guess the reason why I am here is because I've never had any physical experience with self-repair.

I had it in my head that I have to go to a Dell website to get a refurbished replacement hard drive to replace the one I had. However, a friend mentioned that I'd be able to replace my hard drive with a new one from, say, Fry's, with better more updated capacity. Is this true?

The main question I'm hoping to get an answer for is: How do I install XP on heresaid newly purchased hard drive if Dell didn't provide me with any start-up XP disks and if I do not have any back-up disks? I hate to assume that it's just a matter of finding a friend with XP or finding a "friend" through bittorrent and just entering the XP product/security code located on the bottom of my laptop.

I've searched around on the forums but I didn't see anything relevant to what I ask (though it might also be my possibly faulty search query skills). However, even if you've just read without responding, thank you for viewing my problem. Hopefully I'm not the only one.

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The issue is something you fix before the hard disk fails.

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But here you are without restore CDs. The cheap exit is to call Dell and get the restore CD on order. ALL machines that arrived without restore media offered to make restore media. What can we do if these are not made? Order them.

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In reply to: The issue is something you fix before the hard disk fails.

Thanks for the help Bob!

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Look at a recent reply on this and ...

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HP shipped them out for just the shipping charges. This is the cheap exit. I can't speak for Dell, but do make that call since to buy a Windows OS you are going to part with more green.

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Dell sent the OS/Driver/Included application CD.

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Thanks for your help, I guess now it's just a matter of buying the new compatible hard drive and booting up with reinstallation disk.

I just had to e-mail Dell and let them know I didn't have the information they seemed to be adamant on to send out the CD since I purchased the said laptop more than 3-4 yrs ago.

I hope this helps people who find this on search query.

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