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Default hard drive from Dell - 11-27-2009, 08:41 PM

hi there,
I would like to ask about the original disk drive from dell. One I had in my Mini 1010 failed (but due to diligent backups I did not lost any data) and replacement was shipped from Dell to my US address. Someone forwarded it to this god-forgotten place near Europe, but it got lost/stolen in mail/customs. It sucks, I am without my computer, I cant blog and skype to my family...

I would like to ask, how does the drive from Dell look like? And how can I make something similar to it? I do not have original one or fresh one from Dell.

My questions: are there multiple partitions? Diagnostics? Any Extras? How do I create them on any arbitrary blank disk bought from local store? Is there anything on top of Win xp? Some drivers? Some useful software? Where do I get the stuff? Is windows and all on those CD/DVD disks coming with my mini? Even if so, how do I get it on fresh blank disk without optical drive, which is not in mini...?

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Cool 11-28-2009, 01:54 AM

the disk that ships with a new Mini 10 is usually a standard 2.5inch (9.5mm) 160gb SATA drive, when it comes with your system, depending on what you order in my case it had Windows XP Home on the 2nd partition and the 1st partition had the Dell diagnostic data on it (which you can do without), If I remember right I think the 3rd partition had the restore data on it) I replaced that tiny 160gb with a 500gb and the way I reloaded XP Pro (not home) on it was to load the setup disk onto a 8gb USB flash drive and boot from USB drive (do an F8) when booting and choose USB, then you can reload the OS, once you get that far you will have enough to at least get online, then you can go to Dells page and download the drivers specially required for the touchpad,the camera, the TV tuner if you have one....a lot of this will work just with the windows drivers from the install (thank god for plug & play), then also loaded Windows 7 Ultimate the same way, at the end I formatted the 8gb USB flash drive and loaded the Dell drivers off the original disk onto the flashdrive and created a Dell Drivers Folder in program files and copied all the drivers into it this way I always had any drivers I might need in the future, I did the same thing with the Dell Applications Disk and created another directory in program files called Dell Applications, at that point I had everything I would ever need to load/reload....then just updated the Win XP drivers and Windows 7 drivers on took a while but EVERYTHING works perfect....see my signature I now have a 500gb Mini 10 with Win XP Pro and Win 7 Ultimate on a dual boot, under 3 pounds, Mini...which I love....hope this helps..

PS: you could just use a USB external DVD drive to do all the above also..

GOOD LUCK.........Rich

PSS: you might be able to pay Dell extra and have them ship you a drive set up already...not sure but you could ask

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Thumbs up 12-02-2009, 11:26 AM

I agree with rrfranczak3, I also did the same thing and removed
that tiny 160 and added the W/D 500 gig, and loaded Windows 7 Pro,
pretty fast zippy little sucker now! (did this for both 10's) Then ordered
(2) sata usb cases and put those little drives into them. and use them for my back-up drives!

Just a side note. when I ordered the 10's I also ordered one Dell USB DVD Drive to use with
the mini's best investment I ever made,. the drive works very well and you by-pass the usb thing on loading programs.

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