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JoeyG

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Hello I just finished replacing a HDD in a Dell Laptop Inspiron 1545 Windows 64 Bit.. Upon the install on a completely NEW HDD, I noticed I did not have to install any drivers.. Which is great, But, How did they do that?, This the 1st time I ever replaced a HDD and Fresh OS install that I did not have to install drivers for WiFi, Display, Audio, etc., Did they store them In The BIOS? I am just curious.. And pleasantly surprised..
 

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You had that rare fortunate occasion where all the device drivers were in the Windows disc database. (y)

It's usually a good idea though to download and save and copy all the device drivers to external media BEFORE you do a clean reinstall of Windows.

I currently have 4 computers(all Dells) that I keep their device drivers in separate CD-R's.

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JoeyG

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Thanks Flavalee!! I did save the Drivers folder from old HDD, I always do when possible, Just couldn't believe it when I didn't have to install them, 1st time ever!!
 

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I had a Dell laptop with Windows XP that I saved the Windows 7 drivers for before I made a clean install of Windows 7 in it.

To my surprise, Windows 7 installed drivers for all of its devices.

It's rare, but it happens. :)

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SUEOHIO

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Its a wonderful surprise when it happens lol!!!!! it sure saves you having to hunt around for them and then having to download and save them on a cd for future use.
 
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