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Windows 7: Reinstalling Windows on New Hard Drive for Dell Inspiron One 2305

25 Dec 2014   #1
TJGOA

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1
 
 
Reinstalling Windows on New Hard Drive for Dell Inspiron One 2305

I need to replace the HD for my Dell Inspiron One 2305. When It comes time to reinstall Windows I am unsure what to do. Do I just grab any Windows 7 64 bit OS Installer from the web and input the serial that is on the back of my computer? Will that also install all the appropiate Drives. Btw, here is the HD I am getting to replace the one on ebay. Is this the right one?

1TB Hard Drive for Dell Inspiron One 19 One 2020 One 2205 One 2305 One 2310 | eBay



Thanks for the time


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25 Dec 2014   #2
ignatzatsonic

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by TJGOA View Post
I need to replace the HD for my Dell Inspiron One 2305..................Do I just grab any Windows 7 64 bit OS Installer from the web and input the serial that is on the back of my computer? Will that also install all the appropiate Drives. Btw, here is the HD I am getting to replace the one on ebay. Is this the right one?

1TB Hard Drive for Dell Inspiron One 19 One 2020 One 2205 One 2305 One 2310 | eBay
No.

You don't "just grab any Windows 7 64 bit OS installer from the web".


You grab a specific installer from here:

Official Windows 7 SP1 ISO from Digital River My Digital Life

Which one?

The one that matches the version mentioned on the sticker on your PC.

For instance, Windows 7 Home Premium English 64 bit is 58997.iso

The Product Key on your sticker is good for either 32 bit or 64 bit.

Burn the ISO to a disk, install from the disk, activate with the 25 character Product Key on your sticker.

Do you see the 25 character Product Key?

No use proceeding if you don't.

Drivers: the ISO you burned will supply most, maybe all drivers you need. As a precaution, I'd go to the Dell web site before I began and download the Dell drivers, but I would not use them unless I had problems. Put them on a USB stick or something in case you need them. The Ethernet (NIC) driver is most important as it will be needed to establish an Internet connection.

Drive: I have no idea if that's the right drive. As near as I can find out Dell all-in-ones take standard SATA 3.5 inch drives and that one on Ebay is SATA 3.5 and reasonably priced at around 65. I have no idea what brand it is. There may be something peculiar about Dell all-in-one drives, so maybe you should get that one and avoid ordinary SATA 3.5 inch drives from another source.
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25 Dec 2014   #3
TJGOA

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1
 
 

Thank you very much for your reply ignatzatsonic. I would consider it a nice christmas gift Sounds like everything is routine. I can see the 25 key fine and have already ordered the drive from ebay. I was simply planning on installing windows by running it on a usb instead of burning to a dvd but am able to if required. I found the site which supplies the driverse but no too sure which ones to get, for video there are more than 5 to choose from. I also see an app called dell system detect which might help sort which ones to get. Running now. Will reply again if there are any problems. Thanks again for your reply (gift)..
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26 Dec 2014   #4
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

Here is a couple to tutorial you could read while you are waiting for your drive.
They will be helpful.

By Brink:
Clean Install Windows 7



By Gregrocker:
Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7
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