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Windows 7: Hard Drive Crashed. Clean Install Possible?

27 Sep 2012   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
Hard Drive Crashed. Clean Install Possible?


Sadly, the hard drive inside my dell inspiron died I honestly can not get it to work. Windows is unbootable, and another computer can't recognize the drive.

So, I was wondering if it was possible to use a Windows 7 .iso to install windows 7 on the new drive. Will the product key on the back of my Dell work?

If not, what can I do?


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27 Sep 2012   #2

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit

Yes, it will work. Get the ISO from Download the version that matches your product key.
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27 Sep 2012   #3
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64


Yes, you can install Windows 7 from an ISO, and then activate it using the product key on the COA sticker.

This is a useful guide in how to do that:

Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7

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27 Sep 2012   #4
Microsoft MVP


Have you run Dell Diagnostics to confirm the HD is dead? Dell Diagnostics Utility - How to Run the

If so everything you need to get a perfect reinstall is in the link Golden provided above.
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