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xps 15 L521x hard drive replacement

I need to replacement my hard drive on my dell xps 15 L521x. I do not care about the files that are currently on it, but was wondering once I replace it will I need to reimage the whole computer, install a new windows operating system, or will it run perfectly once a new one is put in its place?

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RE: xps 15 L521x hard drive replacement

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If you haven't created any backups then the answer is yes. You'll have to reinstall windows. What version of windows is on the system ? Windows 10

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RE: xps 15 L521x hard drive replacement

Hi BACH7159,

If you have activated Win 10 earlier, then you could download the OS from Microsoft site and install it on the HDD.

If you order a replacement HDD with the OS installed, then you would only need fit the HDD onto the system and it will boot to the installed OS partition and you would just need to setup your Microsoft account on it.

Also, please click my DELL-username and write me a private message with the service tag and your Name for case records.

Let us know if you have any other queries.

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RE: xps 15 L521x hard drive replacement

windows 10

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RE: xps 15 L521x hard drive replacement

Hi BACH7159,

Kindly advise if you were able to install the OS.

If you have any other queries, kindly make a detailed post.

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RE: xps 15 L521x hard drive replacement

Yes you should clean install Windows 10 RS2 directly on the new HDD. To do this you'll need to make a Bootable USB for a UEFI BIOS. Then boot from it Ensuring you utilise a UEFI Boot with Secure boot Enabled. See here for details:

http://dellwindowsreinstallationguide.com/windows-oem-faqs-and-downloads/#CleanInstall15063 

For that model and Windows 10 Synaptics driver version 19.0.15.2 is reported to work the best. See here for details:

http://dellwindowsreinstallationguide.com/dell-touchpad-drivers/ 

Dr Philip Yip
Tech Enthusiast and Author of the Unofficial Dell Windows Reinstallation Guide

Windows FAQs and OEM Downloads


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