Solved Wipe HDD and re-install Windows OEM with recovery partition

July 21, 2013 at 17:41:01
Specs: Windows 7, i5/4GB
Hello everyone!

I am using a DELL INSPIRON N5010 notebook. Have been using it for about 3 years now and for some reason I want to completely wipe my HDD and clean install windows along with the recovery partition.

What I plan to do is take out my HDD, plugin it in to a SATA to USB converter and using another computer, completely format the HDD. I want to do this to increase the performance of the HDD and remove bad sectors. This will also erase the Recovery Partition present on the HDD. The only way to recover then would be by the recovery disks.

I have got the recovery disks as well as the recovery partition right now on the HDD. I do not have the Windows 7 product key that comes on a sticker on the back side of the laptop. It has been erased with time and use.

Now I need suggestions on how to carry out the process.

If I completely wipe my HDD, will the recovery disks install windows and create the recovery partition automatically? Will I need the Windows Key?

What are your suggestions on this and if there is an alternate or easier solution?

Thanks a lot!


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July 26, 2013 at 15:54:02
There is also no reason to wipe the entire hard drive.

Doing a factory restore from the existing recovery partition, not only wipes out your present install but also puts you back to factory defaults. It doesn't get any better than that.

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July 21, 2013 at 17:47:52
"I do not have the Windows 7 product key that comes on a sticker on the back side of the laptop"
I shall only deal with this issue at this point

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#2
July 22, 2013 at 15:20:38
"I do not have the Windows 7 product key that comes on a sticker on the back side of the laptop"


You should not need the OEM product key to re-install Windows with the factory recovery discs or directly from a recovery partition.

The factory product key is provided only for your benefit to prove it's a genuine, licenced copy.


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July 22, 2013 at 16:25:49
If you don't recover your Product number now, before trying anything else, it doesn't take much of a mistake, to lose it. You never know if or when you will need it.

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July 26, 2013 at 15:34:18
Well all I can say is, I have never needed to refer to the OEM Product Key from the sticker, and I can tell you I've done factory recoveries on a dozen different laptops & factory-built desktops more times than I can remember.

That sticker is only there for licensing confirmation and as proof that the pre-installed copy of Windows is genuine when it leaves the factory.


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July 26, 2013 at 15:54:02
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There is also no reason to wipe the entire hard drive.

Doing a factory restore from the existing recovery partition, not only wipes out your present install but also puts you back to factory defaults. It doesn't get any better than that.

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February 13, 2015 at 17:44:16
look on ebay for a Dell Branded Windows 7 disk for whatever version you have. Windows 7 Home Premium Windows 7 Professional or Windows 7 Ultimate also 32 bit or 64 bit. The key on those disk are SLP as long as it's used on a Dell you will not need the product key. Also I may be wrong but I don't think formatting a drive will get rid of bad sectors. Maybe running CHKDSK will temporary fix them but if they are there the drive will eventually fail.
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