The HDD crashed on my Inspiron N5040 laptop. I have replaced the HDD and tried to do a system restore of Windows 7, however I am getting an error indicating that the HDD is to small. I notice in several other posts that the system recovery disks created when the laptop was purchased are a disk image, so the size of the HDD needs to match the original. I believe I can still request original OS installation disks from Dell, however the cost of this seems to be prohibitive. I could go to my local retail store and purchase Windows 8, but I am not sure if it will work on this laptop. It may also require that Windows 7 be installed so that it can perform an upgrade. Does anyone have any suggestions on how I can get the OS back on this system?
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Steps on how to install windows 7 are mentioned on the link below:
To check if your system is compatible with Windows 8, you can refer to the link mentioned below:
Also, for driver click the link mentioned below:
Enter the Service Tag of the computer and choose the Operating System installed on the computer (32-bit or 64-bit). Please update the latest version drivers available.
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