Replace lost recovery partition on dead HDD

October 8, 2010 at 05:01:09
Specs: Windows XP Home SP3, 2.7 P-4, 4gb
My DELL 8300 has a damaged hard drive that must be replaced. Problem is that the recovery data is on a partition on the dead drive. This 8300 came with no recovery or OS discs when it was new. DELL Support says they cannot give or even sell me an OS or recovery disk because the machine is now out of warranty.

Is there any way I could use a DELL OEM OS XP disk that belongs to one of my other DELLs on my 8300 after I install the new hard drive? I realize some of the drivers will be wrong, but I can handle doggin down the right ones.


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#1
October 8, 2010 at 06:51:29
yes u can use DELL OEM OS XP disc. The disc will work on many systems (hp, acer etc.) the wrong drivers will not be installed.

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#2
October 8, 2010 at 13:29:47
Dell sucks. Every other company offers them.

You may be able to get part or all of the data back if you try. There are a number of ways and tools out there. Can't say one is better than the other just try. More depends on how damaged what part is.

It should be possible to use the cd but you would have to change the key with jellybean maybe if it complains later on updates.

Why did it take me over a year to phone in a problem to ATT?


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#3
October 8, 2010 at 19:17:24
Dell includes a utility to create Recovery discs but since the majority of people don't bother to read the documentation that comes with their new desktop or laptop, the discs usually don't get made. Then when their machine sh!ts the bed, they blame Dell for not supplying the discs.

http://www.ehow.com/how_5005131_mak...

http://support.dell.com/support/top...


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#4
October 8, 2010 at 20:10:24
I think dell can support their customers like HP can.

Why did it take me over a year to phone in a problem to ATT?


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