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This all seems working fine now.  I was slightly confused - when I attempted to activate Vista just typing in the key from the COA from the bottom of the laptop (under the battery) seemed to work fin... See more...
This all seems working fine now.  I was slightly confused - when I attempted to activate Vista just typing in the key from the COA from the bottom of the laptop (under the battery) seemed to work fine, now I've got a fully functional and Activated Windows Vista. Thanks for all the help and a good guide.  I'll login to IdeaStorm and vote as per your suggestion.
Thanks Philip,  that's a useful guide and has got me very close - I've got Vista re-installed, updated, drivers installed etc.  However, I couldn't get the laptop working long enough with the old, da... See more...
Thanks Philip,  that's a useful guide and has got me very close - I've got Vista re-installed, updated, drivers installed etc.  However, I couldn't get the laptop working long enough with the old, damaged hard drive in place to get the Activation Backup and Recovery working properly - it would run and hang, but I can get to the command line for as long as required. Do you know of a command line method of either running ABR or of getting the backup cert & backup key off a copy of the hard disk, or using another PC with the hard disk in a caddy? Thanks, c5wd
Thanks, but I'm based in the UK so it doesn't look like that link is going to help much, though I'll try Dell UK Technical Support and see if they can ship the right DVD to me.  In the meantime I'll ... See more...
Thanks, but I'm based in the UK so it doesn't look like that link is going to help much, though I'll try Dell UK Technical Support and see if they can ship the right DVD to me.  In the meantime I'll try option (a) and let you know how I get on. Regards, c5wd 
My IT illiterate brother has given me his Dell Inspiron 1545 [Amin Note: Service Tag Edited per TOU policy] to fix after he dropped it on the floor.  I have used a USB Sata disk caddy to successfully... See more...
My IT illiterate brother has given me his Dell Inspiron 1545 [Amin Note: Service Tag Edited per TOU policy] to fix after he dropped it on the floor.  I have used a USB Sata disk caddy to successfully copy most of his files off to another PC (some were corrupt), but I'm not sure how to go about installing the OS etc on the new HDD I have purchased (a 120GB Samsung 840 Series SSD). Dell Diagnostics (F12 on boot up) gives me various HDD errors for the Western Digital 320Gb HDD (WD-WX70A8983788), e.g.: Error code 2000-0146 from the DST Short Test. The Drive also failed to perform the confidence test properly e.g. Error Code 0F00:1348. Msg:DISK Block 66381323: Drive aborted the command, update firmware (same for DISK Block 69322993). The Read Test failed - Error Code 0F00-0232 Msg DISK Block 37006336: IRQ did not set in time. When trying to boot normally, Windows Vista complains that there are errors, tries to fix them and sometimes I can get it to boot to the Windows home screen at which point it freezes. When I've previously fixed a laptop I've had access to recovery media / DVDs and a Windows OS Product Key, but this Dell appears to have none of that - just a recovery partition on a now dodgy hard disk drive. What are my options to install the new HDD and put his files back on given I have neither recovery media nor a Windows OS Product Key? Should I: a) Shrink the partition size on the dodgy HDD to less than 120GB then clone the dodgy HDD onto the new SSD, then try and fix the Windows installation using the Dell recovery tools? (He'd used <120GB of the old HDD). b) Clone just the Recovery Partitions, then copy the relevant files back on? c) Try and get a Vista DVD and somehow get the Windows Product Key off the dodgy HDD (there doesn't seem to be a Windows Product key sticker on the laptop, unlike the Toshiba & IBM I've got sitting next to me). d) Something else? Thanks in advance for your help.  First thing I'll do once I get it up and running again is create those recovery media that he hasn't! c5wd