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Windows 7: What's the point of a partition?

06 Apr 2010   #21
CommonTater

XP Pro SP3 X86 / Win7 Pro X86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
I believe Dell still supply a reinstallation dvd. I have one from a while back.
Given that I generally avoid Dell computers ... I wouldn't know. But many new machines these days are coming with a hidden partition and software to make your own reinstall disks... basically the hidden partition has an image of the factory installed garbage software and the restore disk software merely copies the image to DVD.


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06 Apr 2010   #22
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Thanks,

I know what a recovery partition is - I never had a Dell ( or any other oem ) machine either.

Quote:
installed garbage software
LOL.

"Unwantedware"

I do know one or two with Dells - they got a proper installation dvd with their machines.

( I don't know if that applies to all ranges/countries.)

Interestingly, they have no trouble reinstalling with any proper install dvd and using the Dell key off the machine sticker - activates starightaway.
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06 Apr 2010   #23
Joan Archer

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 32 bit/Windows 10 64bit
 
 

I've never owned a Dell, my restore partition is just over 6 GB and wont contain garbage as it didn't come with any when bought, but this was Vista originally.

Didn't get any CD's with it or the means to create any just a sheet of paper with instructions on how to restore back to factory settings, so that small partition is left well alone.
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06 Apr 2010   #24
motc7

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bare Foot Kid View Post
Hello Mitchell.



Here in the US it is a part of a big brick and mortar store chain, but I wouldn't put much stock in their advise as most of them are, shall we say, not very knowledgeable.
There was an article about them in the Dallas Morning News the other day. They make it sound like they know what they are doing. Yet, 90% of the time you come into the store with a computer problem, these are the responses you'll get:

1. You have a virus - Need to Format HD.
2. You have a corrupt system file - Need to Format HD.
3. Your rig is too old - Need to format then burn the HD.
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06 Apr 2010   #25
motc7

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post

"Unwantedware"
Ahem...the official technical term is "Crapware".
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06 Apr 2010   #26
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

I was being polite.
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06 Apr 2010   #27
Valor D

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 
how come?

Alright, some of u are making it sound like this partition is somehow necessary, although I'm still not convinced. Why is it, then, if they're so vital, that I've seen other laptops with Win 7 (including lesser Dells, i.e. the 4400's), that have no partition?
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06 Apr 2010   #28
CommonTater

XP Pro SP3 X86 / Win7 Pro X86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Valor D View Post
Alright, some of u are making it sound like this partition is somehow necessary, although I'm still not convinced. Why is it, then, if they're so vital, that I've seen other laptops with Win 7 (including lesser Dells, i.e. the 4400's), that have no partition?
It's not necessary... it's just a darned good idea.

Ask if you want to lose your entire collection of music or your family photos because your OS crashed... THAT is why we keep OS and programs on one partition and Data on another... a system crash won't likely cross partition boundaries.
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07 Apr 2010   #29
Valor D

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by CommonTater View Post

It's not necessary... it's just a darned good idea.

Ask if you want to lose your entire collection of music or your family photos because your OS crashed... THAT is why we keep OS and programs on one partition and Data on another... a system crash won't likely cross partition boundaries.
I understand that, which is why I back up all my data to disk, as I think everyone would be wise to do. 16GB Flashdrives are very handy, and pretty cheap these days.
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07 Apr 2010   #30
CommonTater

XP Pro SP3 X86 / Win7 Pro X86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Valor D View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by CommonTater View Post

It's not necessary... it's just a darned good idea.

Ask if you want to lose your entire collection of music or your family photos because your OS crashed... THAT is why we keep OS and programs on one partition and Data on another... a system crash won't likely cross partition boundaries.
I understand that, which is why I back up all my data to disk, as I think everyone would be wise to do. 16GB Flashdrives are very handy, and pretty cheap these days.
Yes they are... but also not much good if you're looking at 2.5tb of data.

Backup is very important... I can't stress that enough! But it's still far better to not lose the data in the first place....
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