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Need suggestion on reinstalling OS on Inspiron 1545

My 1545 dropped dead, literary, so it lost its brain, the OS

I took the harddrive out and checked it, the first partition is now "unformatted", the second one is still good, which is the recovery.

When I powered it up, it gives me the option to reinstall OS. When I follow its instruction, it will tell me there is no driver for the harddrive, and ask for the DELL driver CD that comes with 1545, I put it in but it complains it is not compatible. I searched the recovery partition, there are 100s drivers there, and I haven't found any match yet.

Now, should I format the first partition as NTFS from another PC? Or is there any other suggestion?

Thanks!!

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Back to dell.

Since they gave you the wrong CD (or you got the wrong model) back to Dell for the right CD.

However the HDD could have failed. Did you try a new drive?

And your post's detail is short. Any guess I have may be wrong.
Bob

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The CD is labled for 1545

since I can access the second partition, should it have the correct device driver?

I guess I can try to format the first partition first

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I have to write no.

I've found the recovery systems are far from able to accommodate any and all situations. Almost all can deal with a blank drive. You can try formatting it but this sounds more like a bad drive or bum partition (table.)

Bob

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