I posted before about my problem with Dell and the Nvidia GPU issue. Dell fixed and returned my laptop (motherboard etc.) a couple of days ago, and now I'd like to install a new HDD.
When Nvidia's GPU started failing a while ago, Dell released a BIOS update to "fix" the problem. All it did was run the fan nonstop and prevent the laptop from shutting down when it overheated. This was basically the root cause of my laptop's demise, a couple of months after updating to that dreadful BIOS version and immediately following a recent Nvidia driver update. I'm worried about it affecting my new HDD and repaired laptop if I clone the old HDD, hence my question:
a. Clone the old HDD to my new one, then rollback the Nvidia driver? I'm not really sure what to do about the BIOS in this case- and it's really the worst offender here. Or,
b. Install the new HDD, use Vista and drivers CDs etc., then restore files from backup? More work, but willing to do it if it's worth the effort+time.