How to Reformat a Dell Inspiron 1501 Hard Drive

Written by joanne cichetti
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Dell Inspiron 1501 is a popular personal laptop manufactured by Dell. If you come across a problem with the computer that you cannot solve, one solution is simply to reformat the hard drive. By doing that, you will wipe away all the data from the hard drive, allowing you to install a fresh version of Windows.

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    Insert the CD of Windows into your Inspiron 1501’s CD ROM and then restart your computer. Since you cannot reformat directly from the computer’s hard drive when it is in use, you have to use the CD so it keeps the hard drive unused.

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    Press any key on your keyboard when you see the prompt “Press any key to boot from CD.”

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    Enter the preferences in the initial installation screen of Windows (for instance, language).

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    Click the “Next” button for proceeding to the next screen.

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    Check the box next to the statement “I accept the licensing terms” once you are done reading the terms. Click “Next.”

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    Select “Custom” installation when you are presented with the options “Upgrade” or “Custom.” Since you are reformatting, you have to select the custom option. Upon selecting, a page that displays all the hard drives as well as partitions appears on your Dell computer.

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    Remove all the partitions on the hard drive before you reformat it. If you do not have any partitions, skip this step. Click on each partition and click the “Delete” button on the page.

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    Click on “Hard drive” after removing all the partitions and then click the “Format” button. This takes some time as the computer erases all the data from the hard drive.

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    Click “Next” after the drive has been reformatted. You are then walked through the entire procedure of reinstalling a fresh operating system. At this stage, your hard drive is totally reformatted.

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