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Dell Dimension 3100 from £273.00

ChrisUK Avatar
1d, 1m agoFound 1 decade, 1 month ago
Thought this was a great offer for a base level PC

Intel® Celeron® D 346 Processor (3.06GHz, 533MHz, 256k cache)

Genuine Windows® XP Home Edition (Does not include Operating System Re-installation CD)

Collect & Return, 90 Day Service only

512MB Dual Channel DDR2 533MHz [2x256] Memory

HARD DRIVE 160GB 7200rpm SATA Hard Drive

OPTICAL DRIVE 16x DVD-ROM Drive


You can also get some great offers on the Dell printers (From £10), when bought with one of these PC's
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#1
What happens if the PC crashes and you don't have the re-installation CD..
#2
grimm6
What happens if the PC crashes and you don't have the re-installation CD..


Think they charge you +/- £5 for the disk probably worth it.
#3
grimm6
What happens if the PC crashes and you don't have the re-installation CD..



I can't remember the name of the software, but apparently Dells now come with a program on a separate partition of the hard drive, which, when you activate it, restores your main partition to 'brand new' condition.
It isn't just a 'GoBack' or 'Restore' program - it doesn't just roll the system back - it wipes everything and reinstalls it so it's like it was out of the box.
They argue that this makes an installation disc unnecessary.
Personally, I'm not convinced. For example, if your hard drive physically fails, and you have to put everything onto a replacement hard drive, it's no good this wonder-program being in a partition on the failed disc!
#4
gobofraggle
I can't remember the name of the software, but apparently Dells now come with a program on a separate partition of the hard drive, which, when you activate it, restores your main partition to 'brand new' condition.
It isn't just a 'GoBack' or 'Restore' program - it doesn't just roll the system back - it wipes everything and reinstalls it so it's like it was out of the box.
They argue that this makes an installation disc unnecessary.
Personally, I'm not convinced. For example, if your hard drive physically fails, and you have to put everything onto a replacement hard drive, it's no good this wonder-program being in a partition on the failed disc!

Several companies do this and have done for some years. Seems wrong to me because I might want to wipe my HDD and re-install using the whole thing. Plus the HDD may fail outside of the warranty period. On my recent Dell purchase I paid the extra couple of quid for the disk.

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