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Windows 7: Partion query

17 Aug 2015   #1
cabinboy

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Partion query

I just got a Dell OptiPlex 780 to tinker with and I see it has no back up partion. (only 360 GB HD ), I have created a small partition to store a system back up , I have another on an external HD too but id like one on my pc just for convenience really. If I get a crash in my OS can I restore from the partition or is that governed by my installed OS too. Basically is the partition separate from the windows workings or is the real back up partition different from a created one.


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17 Aug 2015   #2
ignatzatsonic

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Are you sure the Dell doesn't have a factory recovery partition that is hidden?

Not sure why the system backup on the hd would be more convenient than on an external drive. The main use of those things is to recover from a complete drive failure, so any backup on the hd would be unavailable to you if the drive fails.

I don't quite understand your last sentence.

Are you using Windows Backup or some other application?
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17 Aug 2015   #3
cabinboy

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My computer shows two drives one is a small partion a few hundred mbs and the c drive.There is no other drive listed as the main c drive totals most of my HD space.The other two pc's I have both have a back up partion present so im guessing the previous owner deleted it because of the small HD. What I meant about the "real" back up was is the original partion designed for a back up somehow modified or is it just the same as a partion I can create by shrinking my main c drive.I know a disk failure would effect all partitions on the drive but I wanted a system back up handy on my pc in case of a windows problem that would be fixed by restoring the back up straight from my pc and which I could keep current and update my external back up less often such as after any major changes to my data / system. I am thinking of adding a second HD which I would place my back up on which would then be seperate from my c drive but at the moment I cant afford to do that, my external back up HD is only a 360GB drive so there is not much point putting that in the pc and im hoping to get a 500GB -1TB drive to install asap.
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17 Aug 2015   #4
ignatzatsonic

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I'm still not sure I understand what you are up to, but.....

A factory-supplied "back up" partition would at best restore you to the state the PC was in when it left the factory. Not to the state the PC was in after you owned it. A system backup you made yourself on say August 23, 2015 at noon would restore the system to the state it was in at noon on August 23, 2015-----the factory partition would NOT do that.

Ideally, you'd have Windows and applications on one partition and data on another, plus the small partition of a few hundred MB that you refer to. You'd back up your "system" (Windows and applications) by making an image of C and the small partition and you'd back up your data partition through ordinary means (NOT imaging).
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