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This guide is intended for Dell Laptops containing an HPA-based Media Direct feature (which becoming ever-more popular).
This help guide is designed to help and guide those with a Media Direct Feature built into their laptop.
Most likely, if you are reading this you either plan on upgrading your hard drive to a much bigger one, or you have tried upgrading your hard drive and it is not working properly.
Any problems that will occur or have occurred are caused by the Dell Media Direct feature. Media Direct is an interesting feature built into many models of Dell laptops.
When the laptop is powered off, this feature is available at the push of a button.
When the Media Direct button is pressed, a feature is booted on the computer that allows the usage of music, videos, pictures, and other forms of media stored on the laptop without having to start the entire Windows operating system.Basically, the laptop acts as a giant i Pod without having to wait through a boot process and with less battery consumption. The easiest way to tell if your laptop has Media Direct is by locating the button that activates the feature.Usually the button can be located near the power button. Since Media Direct is basically a specialized operating system while at the same time being a program itself, it is in a partition of its own.This partition has been hidden to prevent editing the software.These terms will be explained later in this document.In laymen’s terms, in order for the Media Direct feature to work, special scripting must exist in the BIOS and in the hard drive.