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Windows 7: Lost Dell factory recovery partition

25 Jan 2014   #11
sam49

Windows 7 Professional 64 Bit
 
 

Hi guys I think I may have got the problem sorted.
I said I was trying to revert back to windows 7 after trying windows 8 for a few months I was using a system image of windows 7 made with Acronis true image, all was ok until the last few seconds of the restore it then failed taking out some of the partitions.

And try as I might true image just would not restore all the partitions, I then saw in true image I could select a new disk and mark it all as unallocated I think that removed all the remaining partitions, it then restored a full image including the recovery partition.

The one partition that was missing was the first one, As you can see with the new screenshots I have posted

I now have back the dell factory recovery option

Hi mjf the D drive is my CD rom

Does it look right to you guys now

Regards

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25 Jan 2014   #12
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

I don't use Acronis, but it seems to have a sense of humour:

Quote:
I then saw in true image I could select a new di*k
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25 Jan 2014   #13
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

Apart from the typo it looks ok to me. I recall Dell boot through their Recovery partition for some reason.
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25 Jan 2014   #14
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bigmck View Post
SIW2 -- His Disk Management in message #1, it doesn't seem to have a "System" partition. I don't see how it boots without that. Any ideas?
His 700MB partition is the 'system partition' because it is the active partition. It does not really matter what it is called. He could have a look at this with this:

Partitions - View Hidden Partitions

Update: Michael is right. Dell makes the recovery partition active. I think the main reason is to have no more than 3 primary partitions (although C could be a logical partition if they wanted).
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25 Jan 2014   #15
sam49

Windows 7 Professional 64 Bit
 
 

Sorry about the typo guys I hope I have not offended anyone. I have edited it out now.
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25 Jan 2014   #16
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by sam49 View Post
Sorry about the typo guys I hope I have not offended anyone. I have edited it out now.
It didn't offend me and I've seen even funnier typos.
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25 Jan 2014   #17
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

I did not even notice it - but I am half blind, LOL.
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25 Jan 2014   #18
bigmck

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit - Build 7600 SP1
 
 

In answer to one of your first questions, I recently got a laptop and was fooling around with the partitions. I also deleted my Recovery Partition. I don't consider it any great loss as I have a Macrium copy to restore my HD if ever needed. If you do that you don't the the Recovery Partition.
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26 Jan 2014   #19
sam49

Windows 7 Professional 64 Bit
 
 

Hi guys thanks for all the help and advice.

As I think about it I started this topic with I had lost my recovery partition or the files inside the recovery partition after a failed restore, but now I have managed to get it all back working I see the partition missing was the DellUtility 16 bit Fat as in the attachment below

Another thing as you can see I have my hard drive split in two I have done it like that so if I have to reinstall windows I don't loose all my saved files.

But if I use the recovery CD's to restore the computer it deletes all the partitions and formats it all as one drive, but if I use the Dell factory restore that on the recovery partition it restores the operating system to the "C" drive only and leaves the Data partition as it is.

So yes I can use the CD's but it is better for me to use the on-board recovery and also it allows me to make a backup of the "C" drive to an external drive, the only drawback is it whatever medium you use it fills it so that's all it can be used for.

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So it must be the first partition I had lost the (DellUtility) that must hold the details for the recovery

Thanks for all the advice

Regards


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26 Jan 2014   #20
sam49

Windows 7 Professional 64 Bit
 
 

Ps I marked this topic as solved but after all the messing about I have done when I looked at the drive management screen I see I have a small unallocated partition of 73.30 GB and I don't seem to be able to allocate it or format it.

Any ideas please

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