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  1. Plm10729

    Plm10729 Thread Starter

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    Hi all, I am new to this forum and would greatly appreciate any and all help. I have a Dell desktop Inspiron 530S that is 4 years old and had windows XP installed. Unfortunately, it appears that the hard drive has now died and I need to get a new 1. I have checked Dell, techforless, and newegg.com and have found the same model (#WD2500AAJS) but am not very knowledgeable about these things and cannot afford the Dell tech support.

    I need to know the following:
    1. If I purchase the same model hard drive can I just plug it in and reinstall windows from the cd that came with the computer?
    2. I have seen some hard drives advertised that indicate they do not come with free fall, is that something I need to worry about?
    3. I have read in different forums about people putting new hard drives into their computers and needing to do jumpers and updating bios and I don't know how to do any of these things nor can I get the computer to boot so I can try anything with it.

    If anyone can help I would greatly appreciate it. I can't afford to purchase a new hard drive without being able to install it and get the computer working and no one I know is able or willing to help.

    Thank you!!
     
  2. dustyjay

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    There will be no jumpers to configure.and should be no BIOS changes made. According to the specs for your computer it is a SATA hdd, just remove the plugs from the back of the drive and plug them into the same place on the new drive. If your computer came with the OS Setup disk then it is same as setting up any other computer. Did you also get a Drivers disk or is it just one disk? If you did get a drivers disk that would be the second thing to run as soon as you have finished installing the OS. Then after it is up and running with the drivers, run the windows update.
     
  3. Plm10729

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    Thank you for your response :).

    I have the Operating System disk to reinstall Windows XP Pro including Service Pack 1a which I assume will be the disk used to boot the computer and then install windows, then I have 2 driver disks which are - Dell Dimension ResourceCD which contains Device drivers, Diagnostics and utilities, Computer documentation, and a Dell Driver and Utilities cd that contains Device driver and Diagnostics and utilities.

    I have another question that I completely forgot about. I have a wireless keyboard & mouse and I am concerned that I won't be able to do anything since these will not be installed on the new hard drive. Should I borrow a USB plug in mouse and keyboard to use for the set up?

    Again, thank you for all your help, I know these are probably dumb questions but my knowledge is limited and I can't afford to make costly mistakes.

    Pam
     
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    Do the following before you get started:

    Get a PS/2 keyboard and mouse. You definitely don't want to use a wireless model. A USB model may or may not work.

    Download and save the full 316 MB SP3 upgrade, then burn it off to a CD-R. Once you get XP SP1a installed and restart the computer, use the CD-R to install the SP3 upgrade.

    Obtain the current XP drivers for the chipset, display adapter, sound device, and network adapter, then burn them off to a CD-R. If the install of XP doesn't install the drivers for all of them, you can then install them from the CD-R.

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    What's the 7-character service tag number on the sticker of that Dell Inspiron 530S?

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    Here is a good pictorial guide use for formatting that new hard drive and doing a clean install of XP.

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    flavalee's advice is the way to go. You should have no problems at all if everything else about the computer is up to par. I would also agree with Frank4d your computer will be able to handle the larger capacity drive which will leave you with more room for files.
     
  7. Plm10729

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    Thank you all so much for the help and guides. I was going to ask about the different hard drives and what was compatible,I really like the price from newegg. The service tag is 1NZD8F1.

    Another dumb question - Do I have to use the PS/2 kind or mouse and keyboard? I only have USB ports. I am going to have to buy a mouse and keyboard or an adapter to use since no one around has any to loan so I need to make sure it will work.

    Thanks again!

    Pam
     
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    If your computer only has USB Ports then a USB Keyboard and mouse will work. I would still stay away from a wireless, unless the keyboard and mouse that came with the computer from the factory is wireless.
     
  9. flavallee

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    According to service tag number 1NZD8F1, here is the Dell support site that's specific only to your Dell Inspiron 530S desktop. You should add and save this site to your browser favorites/bookmarks list because you'll need to refer to it.

    Here is the driver downloads section for it. The Audio, Chipset, Network, and Video are the 4 drivers that you should download and save and burn off to a CD-R. Make sure that you select "Windows XP" for the operating system.

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  10. Plm10729

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    Thank you so much for all your help :) I will let you know how it goes.
     
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