Windows 7 Forums

Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.

Windows 7: Windows 7 and Dell MediaDirect

21 Oct 2012   #21

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit

The answer you proffer that the MediaDirect button is only for media player is wrong, because it can't be disabled in the BIOS, and from off, when pressed will turn the machine on with the BIOS jumping to part of the hard disk, that were you to do a clean install, maynot contain an operating system, with random, and often disastrous results. Dell's own clean install instructions at for example How to Reinstall MediaDirect explains how to do a clean install on MediaDirect machines.

If you skip the above, from a fellow poster: The best thing would probably be to not press the button when the computer is off. -=EVER=-

It is annoying and dangerous to one's system's integrity that the button can't be disabled permanently. Removing the button or putting tape over it just makes meddlers curious.

My System SpecsSystem Spec
21 Oct 2012   #22

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit

Well, honestly I didn't have much time to go through all posts here but I just want to share what little I have gathered going through various articles on Dell Media Direct.

Upto a certain point of time and a specific version, Dell Media Direct was installed in a hidden area known as "Host Protected Area" (HPA) - which cannot be deleted or erased/wiped by conventional partitioning/Format/erase utilities, for this HPA is neither visible to the BIOS nor the OS.

That makes it all the more difficult to get rid of it.

To get it completely wiped and annex it to the rest of the HDD, there are many tools - about which again I have little knowledge of.

But the following articles should be of interest to any one trying to wipe and get rid of any pest which is otherwise indesructible.

HOW TO: Remove HPA with HDAT2 from USB Flash Drive

Use HDD Erase CMRR - Secure Erase

Read about HDDErase here How to Securely Erase A Hard Drive | Disk

This thread and the links therein may also be of interest.

If Media Direct is indeed in the HPA, that has to be killed before any clean install ( That is if one wants to do a clean install and get rid of Media Direct.).
My System SpecsSystem Spec
23 Oct 2012   #23

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 with Service Pack 1

Pressing the Media Direct Button does cause some issues if the partitions aren't set up the correct way. For best results see: Dell Community
My System SpecsSystem Spec


 Windows 7 and Dell MediaDirect

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Similar help and support threads
Thread Forum
Dell bought out by Michael Dell: going private within months
Source A Guy
Dell Data restore windows seven home premium Dell inspiron n5110?
Friends, I have dell inspiron n5110. It had geniune windows 7 home premium. There was dell data restore option in F8 boot menu option to restore my windows. a week ago i installed new windows 7. i didnt deleted recovery partition on my computer but there in no more option of dell data restore...
Backup and Restore
Dell N5030:W7 wont start. Dell logo + black screen. Factory reset how?
Dell N5030: W7 wont start. Dell logo > black screen. How to restore? Hello friends :D Please could you advise me. My friend has asked me to help with her Dell N5030 Inspiron laptop. She has had it for about just over a year now. Dual-core Pentium, 4GB RAM, W7 64bit. She is not computer...
Backup and Restore
Dell 1520 Inspiron Problem with Dell Wireless 1390 WLAN Mini-Card
Hello everyone I have a very pressing problem. I had Vista running on my Inspiron 1520 Laptop. I recently upgraded to Windows 7, ever since then I have had terrible trouble with my Wireless Card. The driver for the card often comes up as not being able to start I often get Dell Wireless 1390...
Win7/Dell D820 not working on Dell PR01x dock and KVM
Putting together my "new" home network. I have 3 laptops (Dell Latitude D820 - Win 7 Pro, Dell Latitude D620 - Win XP Pro and Lenovo T400 - Win XP Pro). I have a Lenovo port replicator/dock and a Dell PR01x port rep/dock. I have just bought a new Rosewill RKV-2U USB KVM. With the 2 XP laptops, all...
Hardware & Devices
Issues with Dell D400 Laptop, Dell 355 Bluetooth and W7
Typo on the title, I ment Truemobile 360, NOT 355. I have an older Dell D400 I'm trying to breath some life back into and I thought I would try out Windows 7. Well, I got everything working good I think, but the Dell 360 Truemobile bluetooth. Windows 7 just won't see it. No matter what...
Hardware & Devices

Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

İ Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 19:34.

Twitter Facebook Google+

Windows 7 Forums

Seven Forums Android App Seven Forums IOS App