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Re: Replaced Hard drive, Inspiron 1501, now what?

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Did you reformat the new hard drive, before trying to install the OS for the first time?

And it sounds like you're not reformatting the hard drive before reinstalling the OS on subsequent attempts - which is why you're getting the "OS already installed".

Unless you're doing a 'Repair' install (which you're not), you should always (quick-) format the drive first, before starting the OS installation emoticon.Idea.title


Re the heat:  Other than making sure there's air getting in underneath the laptop, and that the rear of the laptop (where the warm air is exhausted) is also clear, using a laptop cooler is really the only other way of helping keep temperatures down.

From experience, I've found that:   “Beauty is in the eye of the beer-holder”!!


XPS M1730:

Smoke Grey Magnesium Alloy Chassis - with White LED Backlights
17" UltraSharp WUXGA Widescreen TFT (1920 x 1200) with TrueLife
Intel Core 2 Duo Processor T9300 @ 2.50GHz (800 MHz FSB, 4MB L2 cache)
4GB (2x 2GB) Patriot Signature PC2-5400 @ 667MHz
DUAL 512MB Nvidia 8800M GTX cards in SLi + 128MB Ageia PhysX
640GB SATA II (2x 320GB WD Scorpio Black 7200rpm)
8x Super-Multi DVD±RW
Creative X-Fi Notebook (ExpressCard) + Creative GigaWorks T40 Series II
Integrated 2MP Webcam
Dell Wireless 355 Bluetooth 2.0 Module
Intel Next-Gen Wireless-N Mini-Card
TV Tuner and Dell Travel Remote Control
4-in-1 Flash Card Reader (SSD/MMC/MS Pro/xD)

230W AC Adapter / 9-cell Lithium-Ion Battery

Windows 7 Home Premium (64bit)

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