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Win 10 upgrade - hard drive format

I tried to updated my dell Inspiron 3520 from windows 8 to windows 10. It resulted in a black screen and i was not able to even power up fully. There was no cursor on the screen. When I hit the power button, the hard drive would whir for a second and then absolutely nothing.

I tried booting it up using a bootable USB and tried using a win 8 iso image, but didnt work.


Ultimately I opened up the pc and took out the hard drive. I can now read the hard drive as an external drive using USB on another PC. Is there anything i can do to fix the issue on the hard drive and then install it back?

Do i just format the hard drive and start over?

Any help will be appreciated.

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Since there is nothing on the screen

Without BIOS, splash screen or such that points to some PC issue, not a failed OS.

Try the usual generic reset. Takes a minute.

Power down, remove AC, remove battery, press and hold the power button for 60 seconds, release, slip in battery, apply AC and try again. If the Dell screens don't show it needs repair.

As to format the drive and start over I never do that. I erase the drive and start over as formatting a drive can trip up a Windows install.

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Thank you

Thank you for the response. I tried resetting the pc, but it didn't help. Can you please tell me or point me to what is the difference between erasing and formatting the hard drive?

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Erasing leaves it blank, ready for partitions and formatting

Windows may balk on installation to a formatted HDD. There are so many prior discussions that I don't repeat it much anymore but folk seem intent on formatting a drive then installing Windows. Sometimes that works, sometimes it doesn't.

For me I don't have the patience to try that so I have a very strict install routine. I leave the drive without partitions, not formatted and let the Windows installer deal with it.

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