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Replace existing HD with new one?

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by geneisabell, Sep 4, 2009.

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  1. geneisabell

    geneisabell Thread Starter

    Jul 29, 2009
    I have a Dell Dimension Desktop that became infected with a pretty nasty virus. I have had to remove the infected HD from the machine.

    Instead of trashing the machine, I would like to just purchase an entirely new HD for this machine. I am guessing that when purchasing a new HD that it does NOT already come with an O/S already installed. If this guess is correct, my question is this:
    • Can I use the original O/S Reinstallation CD that came with the machine to get the O/S installed on the new HD?
    • Do I have to purchase the O/S along with the new internal HD?
    If more information is needed before an answer can be provided, please let me know what is needed.

    I very much appreciate your time and thank you for any and all suggestions.

  2. bbearren


    Jul 14, 2006
    You can use your original O/S reinstallation CD to format the new HD and reinstall the O/S.
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