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wiping hard drive clean

by grannie2u / May 16, 2009 6:57 AM PDT

I have a Dell Inspiron 530s computer. I wanted to wipe my hard drive clean and reinstall windows vista, which my computer was running before,but when I used the cd's that came with my system it didn't wipe off the hard drive and now I don't have my d drive and my e drive is now my cd drive. I have only 230 gb of memory left.What do I do to fix this and get my computer back to the original way it was when I purchased it.

Thanks for any help in solving this problem for me. I'm really new at the computer,so wlii need things stated as simple as possible.
grannie 2u

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here how to reinstal
by Basket628 / May 16, 2009 7:27 AM PDT

Got to boot to the Vista cd by turn on computer hit F12 get boot menue tab down to the cdrom drive hit enter then get a message saying hit any key to boot to cd hit spacebar then you get what you will see on the link pasted. follow the onscreen intructions.

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by Basket628 / May 16, 2009 7:34 AM PDT
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by mlg63 / May 17, 2009 6:41 AM PDT
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Those instructions are for Windows XP. Vista does not use the Desktop or Notebook System Software.

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Reinstalling OS
by Tombee56 / May 18, 2009 5:52 AM PDT

Is it a slim-tower or a mini-tower? Do you have media card reader in your 530s? Open the case and disconnect the cable from the motherboard to the media card reader. All you need is the HDD and CD to be connected to the Mobo.

Now boot your comp.. On boot, press F12, insert your OS disc in CD tray and follow instructions.

HOWEVER, if you have Media Direct, insert that first, follow instructions, (go for default setting, and then install OS and when installed re-insert media direct disc and carry on.

Once all that done, and you have basic desktop up and running, insert resource disc which has the drivers for your machine. On the left choose OS and at top choose drivers. Anything that is checked needs to be installed. Before anything else choose all chipsets, after that, just gos for all in order.

Once all done reconnect media reader cables and whatever else to mobo.


Tom in UK

Dell certified field engineer

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