I want to do a clean install to remove a partition

June 19, 2012 at 08:21:04
Specs: Windows XP
Once I reinstall the system I need to download some drivers from Dell How do I know where they go

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#1
June 19, 2012 at 08:49:33
After you install Windows XP, go to the following link:

http://support.dell.com

From there you can browse and find drivers for your model.

You've been helped by a 14 year old.


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#2
June 19, 2012 at 08:56:04
Dell makes it pretty easy, you can just enter your service tag number and it should give you the files specific to your computer. Be prepared to use another computer to download at least the network driver and transfer it using a CD or USB drive.

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Andrew Leonard
BL Technical Services
IT Support Maryland


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#3
June 19, 2012 at 09:21:35
Why not use a freeware like Double Driver to collect your drivers from your machine, save them to cd/flash drive before you reinstall your system. It is found here: http://majorgeeks.com/Double_Driver...

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#4
June 19, 2012 at 09:29:24
Your post is confusing. You don't format a drive to remove a partition. And neither partitioning or formatting have anything to do with drivers.

If you'll post the model/model number of your Dell, someone should be able to point you to the correct drivers. You'll need them for the motherboard chipset, video, audio, network, wireless (if you have it), plus drivers for any external devices such as printers, scanners, cameras, etc. You'll also have to install SP3 if it's not included on your XP disc, plus ALL the Windows Updates, then you can concentrate on the other software installations.

However, if you have a SATA HDD, installing (or reinstalling) XP is not straight-forward. There are steps that will need to be taken to get the HDD recognized.

"Why not use a freeware like Double Driver to collect your drivers"

I don't know why anyone would use a "driver finder" program.


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#5
June 19, 2012 at 10:49:04
Don't use any program for a dell product.

I hate dell but they offer a great resource for owners. One is ftp and other ways to get the correct drivers EXACTLY for your system. They have automated and manual ways to fix almost any issue.

They also have the original disks in some cases that you can buy for a nominal fee.

It may be that you have all the drivers on your computer in a hidden partition. I guess that could be what you mean about this partition issue.

Hang up and live.


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#6
June 19, 2012 at 11:11:45
Riider, you must not be familiar with Double Driver, it is not a driver finder program, it is a driver backup program used to collect the drivers already installed on your computer.

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#7
June 19, 2012 at 11:15:49
I would comment that all drivers should be downloaded PRIOR to reformatting.

Sometimes you can just copy what exists in \windows\system32\drivers folder.

As ijack points out you need to DELETE the partition and RECREATE it during install if you which to remove the partition.

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#8
June 19, 2012 at 14:30:06
It's not necessary to reinstall to remove a partition. Is there another reason you're reinstalling?

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#9
June 19, 2012 at 17:58:18
"you must not be familiar with Double Drive"

I read up on it since posting. I haven't tried it & probably never will, but I guess if it works as advertised, it could be useful to get things up & running after an OS reinstall.


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#10
June 19, 2012 at 18:37:56
I might wish to caution you in deleting any partition on a dell system unless you know what it is. Many dell systems have a hidden partition that is used to restore the system to OEM state. The entire os and drivers may be on one.

I might suggest a secondary product but dell offers almost every driver for their computer's going back quite far. Dell would be the place to start I'd think.

As posted there should be a service number to use or use the automated driver too at the dell site.

Hang up and live.


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#11
June 19, 2012 at 18:39:28
Riider,
. My reply and link was given for the op to determine if "he" wanted to use/try it or not to backup his drivers before a reinstall, not you.

I sent you a pm..

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#12
June 20, 2012 at 03:13:44
Ike I read your edit!

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#13
June 20, 2012 at 05:35:23
I have a memory chip in the USB that I keep my files on and I can connect by wireless First I only have a half gig ram and only 10 gig drive considering the partion. Can I do a clean install, then connect to the internet by wireless, then load the drivers. I know where and how to get the drivers but how do I find out where to put them. I need a better computer (latitude d505) but am trying to make it work. Plan to get a better one with windows 7 at a later date.
Can someone out there slow down and give me some advice one click at a time. This is a machine and needs tools to fix it. When you ask a mechanic how to fix something on your car you not only need the size length and kind you might also want to know how to use it.

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#14
June 20, 2012 at 10:25:24
I would not invest any money in Windows 7 for that system. A new system isn't that much and has a warranty, much more ram and better drive and video and a warranty.

Maybe we need to start over. Dell as well as many other companies offer a way to return your system to the as bought or OEM state.

Is this what you'd like to do?

Hang up and live.


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#15
June 20, 2012 at 11:22:46
Some one needs to work on their reading retention. Oldertek said "Plan to get a better one with windows 7 at a later date. "

oldertek
"I have a memory chip in the USB that I keep my files on"
Not a good plan at all. USB sticks can die at any time. Get these files burned to dvd or cdr as soon as possible . They are not safe.

You don't have to worry about where to place the drivers. The driver install program will do it for you automatically.

Why exactly do you want to install new? Usually uninstalling programs, cleaning up program and user folders, running disk cleanup and defragment is sufficent.

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#16
June 20, 2012 at 15:26:05
Still with the insults wanderer?

oldertek, if you want you can send me a PM and I will try to help you out step by step.

A PM is a private message, part of the computing net forums This link ought to work.

http://www.computing.net/cgi-bin/my...

Hang up and live.


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#17
June 20, 2012 at 15:40:10
oldertek normally I don't recommend doing support thru PMs. Support should be in the public view like these forums so you get the advice you need and you are not mislead.

It also allows others to view the path you maybe taken down and prevent problems that may occure with that path.

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#18
June 21, 2012 at 13:32:35
Not sure where that so called rule is but I am willing to help the OP in any way they feel best.

Hang up and live.


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June 23, 2012 at 11:47:04
Cuffy 10 How do I remove a partition without reinstalling the OS

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