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Windows 7: Windows 7 Image Backup Restore Problems

05 Jul 2010   #11

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I want to keep the Recovery Partition because Dell no longer ship laptops with Windows 7 Installation CD so that is the only way I can keep a factory image backup.

I tried the Dell DataSafe Windows 7 recovery process, it will completely destroy and re-partition the HD before restore the factory image so if in case I need to do so, it will destroy all works I have done today.

I have install (not using Recovery Disk) XP over Windows 7 partition before and when I try restore back Windows 7 to it I found it un-bootable and that's why I asking the question here. Now I know it was due to XP installation over-write some boot loader code in the boot sector of the Primary Active Partition (not the MBR) and make Windows 7 Boot Manager un-accessible, a complete image restore of the Recovery Partition is the only way I can get access to Windows 7 again. I also learn that EasyBCD provide such an option to recover the boot sector but I don't need this option this time since I already did the image restore.

Don't use the stock OS came with Dell because there are tons of crap inside, Dell Dock utility eat a lot of cpu cycle without doing anything. McAfee is another resource hog and most of the pre-install drivers you should able to find more updated version and have to uninstall / reinstall anyways.

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05 Jul 2010   #12
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I understand now. Thought you had XP factory-installed on that Dell and in the Recov partition.

So you are using the Recovery Partition only as the boot partition and to store images, since you never plan to factory restore the bloatware anyway - including all of the useless Dell utility bloat?

I am assuming you already have a Win7 install DVD for your version since it is the only way you would have reinstalled without the bloatware or its inevitable removal corruption.

If this is the case, then your Recovery Partition is wasted space and would be better deleted with the space and System MBR recovered into Win7 so it resides on the prime lower HD address. You can store your images in your data partition or create a special Primary Recovery partition for them.

If you want to do this, we can give you the steps as we have helped hundreds of others do this here without failure using free Partition Wizard CD and WIn7 DVD or Repair CD.
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