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i have a dell XPS 17. its a great laptop serves me well. HOWEVER the HDD is failing. id like to get a SSD for it, but im not sure i can find my dell discs. since ive never replaced a hdd in a factory built machine before.........(here comes the dumb question)....

can i just buy a windows 7 disk ( unless i can find my factory discs) and install windows? or is there some weird thing that wont allow me to? i have all my drivers in a folder. id just like to get a little more life out of this laptop so im hoiping i can just get like a 250gd ssd or maybe a lil bigger, install windows and be up and running( and possibly faster)

thanks for the help!
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post #2 of 18
You should be able to get everything you need from Dell's website. Just get the proper image for your OS and get the drivers from Dell. It should be easy as pie.
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You should be able to get everything you need from Dell's website. Just get the proper image for your OS and get the drivers from Dell. It should be easy as pie.
^this
Even manufacturers like Dell try to make upgrades/replacements as easy as possible. (Thats why businesses love using their machines ^^)
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post #4 of 18
You can re-install, and re-activate the same version of windows that orginally came with your laptop as much as you like (on the same laptop with different HDD's/SSD's). Under your laptop, there should be a windows serial key that's tied to your motherboard, that's the key that you can use the re-activate windows whenever you re-install it on your XPS 17.

Go to this LINK and type in that serial to download windows 7. If you don't have the sticker under your laptop anymore, then you can use Belarc's Advisor to pull your serial key from the OS (assuming the laptop still works with the failing HDD)
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post #5 of 18
Pm me I can probably put them on line in my Dropbox
post #6 of 18
Your XPS should have the genuine windows tag underneath or in the battery compartment. Use that key and load the ISO on a bootable flash drive. That will be your best bet for installing windows 7... 2nd, you should upgrade to windows 10. Get a good SSD and your laptop is going to be super fast!


Which version do you have? I'd check first to see if you have a m.2 port or if your SATA port is SATA II or III. My 2010 XPS 14 only has a SATA II. It's crazy fast though, boots in a few seconds with windows 10. It's quite nice.
post #7 of 18
Thread Starter 
thanks for the help guy!! i got this laptop in march of 2011 which i believe is the L702x and i believe its only sata (according to the crucial system scan tool)........... and success!!! i have found my windows discs!!! now all i need is a SSD.

any advice on that? ill probably get another HDD for storage bay 2 but im really just interested in that SSD for now.
Edited by Squeeker The Cat - 2/6/16 at 8:57pm
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820226689&ignorebbr=1

Probably the best deal for a half terabyte SSD I've seen in a while. Great reviews too. biggrin.gif
     
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post #9 of 18
Ok so you're on sata 2. Don't worry about getting the fastest drive since you'll be limited to ~250mb scores...
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how bout this drive??

http://www.microcenter.com/product/442387/850_EVO-Series_500GB_SATA_III_6Gb-s_25_Internal_SSD_Single_Unit_Version_MZ-75E500B-AM

i still have about $48.00 left on a gift card i could use towards this......

then maybe this
http://www.microcenter.com/product/436265/Black_Laptop_Performance_750GB_7,200_RPM_SATA_III_6Gb-s_25_Internal_Hard_Disk_Drive

for storage?
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