sinners4saints
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Dell G7 15 7588 Hard drive change

There's no specific sub category for the G7 series that I can see, but the issue is the 120GB SSD that the OS is installed on is too small and I'm constantly running out of disk space even though all my apps and data are stored on the secondary drive so I ordered a 1TB SSD and it arrives in 3 days. My question is how do I reinstall the OS since the image is stored on the primary drive that I'm replacing.

 

Thanks in advance,

 

Jason

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Saltgrass
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Re: Dell G7 15 7588 Hard drive change

One way, if you wanted to get it back to factory specifications is to use a Recovery Drive made using the Win 10 process.  It asks for a 16 GB drive but it might be best to use a 32 GB drive.

Once you have that, you can boot into the recovery options and use the Recover from a drive option to get the original configuration on the new drive.

Other ways are using a third party imaging software or cloning software. 

The drive may come with cloning software to move the OS over.

Or, you could use the Windows Media Creation Tool to create a bootable USB drive you could do a clean install on the new drive.

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U2CAMEB4ME
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Re: Dell G7 15 7588 Hard drive change

Welcome to the Dell Community  @sinners4saints 

Do you copy everything to your "Secondary Drive" or do you have your "Secondary Drive" set as your "Default Drive for Storage" where your Apps, Documents, Music, Pictures, Videos and Maps are saved by default.

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speedstep
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Re: Dell G7 15 7588 Hard drive change

Easiest fix is to remove the SSD stick and install windows clean onto the hard drive.

I got my G7 7588  feb 22, 2019.

First thing I did was to remove the 120 SSD.

Then I purchased an OEM System builder Windows 10 DVD disk.

https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832350238

You do not need a key thats in bios.  The media is the same for home or Pro.  Pro DVD is purple and Home DVD is blue.

Then I got a USB 2.0 Blueray Drive.

https://www.bestbuy.com/site/lg-8x-external-usb-2-0-blu-ray-disc-double-layer-dvdrw-cd-rw-disc-rewri...

 

I turned Secure Boot OFF.

I deleted all of the Boot entries in Bios.

I then F12 booted from the DVD and installed windows 10 Clean onto the hard drive.

Then I bought a samsung 970 EVO M2 PCI-E stick and installed.

I then Formatted it as a storage Drive.

I then removed the NVME Stick

I then removed the hard drive.

I then Installed the 970 EVO as the only drive and put windows 10 back on it

I then Put the hard drive back.

So Now I quickly boot from the 970 EVO 1TB stick

But all my games are installed on the hard drive.

You can keep the 120 SSD in a usb enclosure and in a pinch use it as a boot drive.

SSD's need to be kept in cool dry place and have power at least once a month so that they don't detrap and become blank.

 

 


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U2CAMEB4ME
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Re: Dell G7 15 7588 Hard drive change

@sinners4saints 

If you do decide to do a clean W10 install???

You can make a W10 USB flash drive installer with the Microsoft Media Creation Tool, using an 8 GB flash drive using another Windows PC, if your PC is not working.

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10

If you are asked to enter a product key during the installation process, select the 'I don't have a product key' option, and W10 will install and automatically activate once you are connected to the internet.

Here are the steps to create the W10 USB flash drive installer...

Select Download tool now, and select Run. If you agree to the license terms, select Accept.

On the What do you want to do? page, select Create installation media for another PC, and then select Next.

Select the language, edition, and architecture (64-bit or 32-bit) for Windows 10.

Select which media you want to use:

USB flash drive.

Plug in a blank USB flash drive with at least 8GB of space. Any content on the flash drive will be deleted.

After W10 installs, you can install the drivers and available software from your notebook's support page.

Driver & Download Support for Dell G7 15 7588:

https://www.dell.com/support/home/us/en/04/product-support/product/g-series-15-7588-laptop/drivers

Best of luck,

U2


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