Need Windows disc for new HDD for my Dell

Dell Inspiron 1525 laptop (intel pentium...
January 6, 2010 at 16:35:50
Specs: Windows Vista, Unknown
Hi, I need to purchase a new hard drive for my laptop. I am confident that I can install the new hardware, but am missing my OS disk that came with my PC. What's a girl to do?

Thanks in advance for all help :)
Stacey S

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January 6, 2010 at 16:41:38
If your original hard drive has died and you never made the restore disks then you can contact Dell to see if you can get them from Dell. There will probably be a charge.

Why do you feel you need a new hard drive?

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January 6, 2010 at 16:49:49
Bare with me, these will be layman's terms at best...when running diagnostics on my laptop (it will not work, at all) I get a series of error messages, all relating to hard drive errors e.g. Error Code 0F00:1344 Uncorrectable data error , as well as 0F00:065D, 075D and 0244 which say IDE device failed.

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January 6, 2010 at 16:57:25
Using another computer download the drive fitness file from Samsung and install it to CDR as instructed. Then boot to it and run the tests. This will determine if the drive is good or defective.

I am not positive but I think the brand drive you have is a Samsung SATA 120GB.

If it happens to be a different brand the fitness test may indicate that and you may need to get a different test. Use the link below to download the file. You choose CD as I am sure you don't have a floppy drive.

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January 6, 2010 at 17:03:34
My drive, according to the error codes plugged into is definitely, how do you say, KAPOOT :) I'm having trouble finding out how to get a replacement operating systems disk. I do need this to install my new hard drive, correct?

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January 6, 2010 at 17:16:39
Dell may be able to supply you, for a fee, disks that will contain everything that originally came from the manufacturer.

When contacting them you may wish to ask if a larger capacity hard drive will also work in the laptop.

You will need the service tag number off the bottom of the unit.

Is this laptop still under warranty?

If not, I would still try the utility I told you about in #3. The manufacturer of the drive is the final authority. There are two components that make the drive work. One is the drive itself. The other is the SATA controller that is part of the motherboard. Either one could give the error you indicate. If the controller is gone you may not want to repair the laptop due to the cost. That would be a new motherboard and still possibly the hard drive. I am not saying that is what is wrong. The fitness test might not be able to determine that either. Not that big a deal to make the CDR and then boot to it.

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