Dell Latitude E6510 Came without Windows 7 OS Disks, How do I upgrade the HDD without them?
Dear Dell Community:
I have a Dell Latitude E6510 that I bought new in 2010. Its only 4 years old, but the HDD I believe is failing as I got this message when I did a Pre-Boot Assessment:
Error Code: 0146
Message Error Code: 2000-0146
My machine did not come with Windows 7 Disks. Is there a way I can backup the Windows OS so that I can get Disks to install on the new HDD I purchase? Or do I have to buy another Windows 7 license?
I have the Windows 7 Repair Disk. Would this get me going to install Windows 7 on a new HDD? I have my original Windows 7 OS License and Dell Backup and Recovery is installed on my machine. I used The Dell Recovery Tool to make a backup media on an external HDD and this is the file structure that was copied:
Are any of these files the Windows 7 OS or how do I get copies?
Any help is greatly appreciated. Thank you!
Thanks for your support!
RE: Dell Latitude E6510 Came without Windows 7 OS Disks, How do I upgrade the HDD without them?
Yes the hard drive is dead, you are best to replace it preferably with a Solid State Drive such as a Crucial MX100.
Follow this guide to download and create a Windows 7 Reinstallation USB:
See my A Clean Install of Windows 7 for full installation instructions:
Tech Enthusiast and Author of the Unofficial Dell Windows Reinstallation Guide