Having problems with your Dell Inspiron 1501 Notebook ?

How and what do I do, after I've installed a new HDD (Vista)

\015 I have no problem physically installing my new hard drive in my Dell 1501. What do I do to set it up after its into place? This the only HDD in my laptop. Do I need a boot disk? Will it just give me an option to format this HDD? Will I need push F8 at some point? I can figure out most things but this is unclear to me. Thanks for your help. supercityrob\015

Answers :

Insert your OS installation disk in the DVD drive, and boot from it (you can press F12 to select the media to boot from during startup, or you can change the order of boot devices in BIOS). It will kick off OS (I presume it's Vista) installation. After few minutes if will ask you for a location to install to, and you should be able to select your new hard drive.
Hi there.
You are going to need the recovery CD that you should have got with the laptop.
Once you have found the restore CD pop it in the drive and press F12 as the computer starts up, select the CD/DVD as first boot device and install the operating system.
The CD/DVD will format the drive for you as you go through the installation procedure.
Once its installed update the operating system through Microsoft update.
Please feel free to post back with anymore questions you may have.

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