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Windows 7: Dell Inspiron N5110 has missing recovery partition.

30 Jun 2012   #21
Golden
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

Hi,

Yep - there is no recovery partition, that is why you get the error when you run that upgrade option. There isn't any point in running that update any longer.

What you should do, is see if there is a 'Burn Recovery Disks' option under the Start menu, and do that if you already haven't.

Regards,
Golden


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01 Jul 2012   #22
angiesluck

windows 7 home premium 32bit
 
 

can I not do a recovery partition instead onto the hard drive? If so how would I go about it...Thanks
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01 Jul 2012   #23
Golden
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

Hi,

If you restored from the recovery disks and set your computer back to the factory setting, it might do that, but there isn't any benefit if you already have the recovery discs burnt to DVD, so I wouldn't bother with that.

Regards,
Golden
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01 Jul 2012   #24
F5ing

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

As you've lost the recovery partition there's not much you can do about it. Did you get the machine brand new? Something happened to the way it was initially set up. But not only did you lose all the other partitions that were placed on that physical disk, the C: partition was enlarged to take up all disk space (swallowing any space that had originally been taken up by the factory partitions).

You didn't get any Dell recovery disks, did you? I kind of doubt it, especially if the recovery partitions truly did exist when it was out of the box.

Do you actually use any of the Dell branded software that came with the machine? Typically the branded software that comes with the machine is not necessary as w7 can manage the machine quite well on its own, without the additional bloat.

Do you use that "Dell Safe"? Looks as though it's some sort of backup utility, backing up your data to the cloud. Not sure why it's looking for the recovery partition.

Do you have your data backed up to some local media like an external hard drive or something?

If you answer the above questions forum members here can help you get your system back in shape as well as help in setting you up to handle "disaster recovery" (if the need ever arises).

EDIT: Can't believe it took me that long to compose this post. Agree with Golden's post before mine. Restoring via Recovery Disks is probably not what you want (at least right now). It would typically get you back to factory condition but you would lose all the updates and apps you've installed and all of your data as well.
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01 Jul 2012   #25
marsmimar

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

 
 

If your computer is malware free and working the way it's supposed to, create a system image and let that be your new recovery tool.
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02 Jul 2012   #26
Golden
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

^ Thats a great suggestion from marsmimar!
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02 Jul 2012   #27
angiesluck

windows 7 home premium 32bit
 
 

I dont have any recovery disc's. I did buy the laptop new and when it arrived everything was fully installed (as far as I was aware) It came with OS disc and Utilitys disc thats all.. I have had it for 3 months now and even thou I have not used up much space it does seem to be running slow. I did discfrag, run disc clean and run malware checks/virus checks...all the safe stuff....but it still runs slow....Its only when the update came up that I found out it did not have the recovery partition. It seems as thou I will have too put my stuff on an external hard drive and take it back to where I purchased it from (PC World in UK) and let them sort it out as it seems it may have more stuff missing, with it running like it is so soon after purchasing it. I was hoping to sort it out myself but it looks like it may be out of my hands to do anything.
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02 Jul 2012   #28
Golden
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

Hi,

This OS+utility disk are the equivalent of the recovery disks I suspect.

You say your PC is running slow - can you be more specific?

Please try the following:

1. Click Start
2. In the search box, type cmd
3. Right-click on cmd.exe, and choose 'Run as Administrator'
4. In the command window that opens, type sfc /scannow and hit enter.

Post back the output once its completed in your next reply.

Regards,
Golden
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05 Jul 2012   #29
angiesluck

windows 7 home premium 32bit
 
 

Dell Inspiron N5110 has missing recovery partition.-snip-1.png

Seems fine I think.. unless you see anything different, but it really is getting slow and I have hardly put anything on this laptop so I dont understand what is causing it...maybe because it cannot update perhaps!


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05 Jul 2012   #30
Golden
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

Hi,

It sounds to me like you are suffering a classic bloat-induced computer. Bloatware/crapware = all the rubbish that comes as part of an OEM installation (one where Windows is pre-installed for you) that you rarely use, but it slows down the PC phenomenally.

The good news, is there is a relatively simple fix for this, that involves installing Windows 7from scratch. It sounds daunting but we can walk you through this step by step if you feel up to it.

Let us know if you want to try this.

Regards,
Golden
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