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20 Aug 2010   #11
italiano121

windows 7 premium
 
 
Thanks Guys, great links, good ideas

Thank You Petey, and Thank You vhs as well as madtownidiot and DeaconFrost
for replying to my post with good useful information. You guys are great. Indeed Macrium has great reviews. And Iíve been considering using it. My concern is with Dellís hidden partitions. First one a hidden primary Fat16, 49MB diagnostic partition and the second a hidden 15GB NFTS recovery partition. I have never seen partitions like this. The C: drive does not show as active in disk management yet the hidden recovery partition does. The third and last partition on the 500GB Seagate is a normal C: with Win7 Premium.

1. I donít know where the MBR is. In the first diagnostic partition ?

2. So when I restore with Macrium I only have to restore the MBR to the first diagnostic partition ?
(I think I would have to make the recovery partition active and not the C: )

3.I donít know if Macrium can clone the recovery partition in a way that it is functional when restored ? ( I heard some stories of people with older Win XP Dellís having problems using Acronis)

4. If there is an issue with the recovery of these partitions I am not sure how or if it would affect booting. ?
5. It would be good to know of others that have successfully cloned a dell HD with these partitions.
. Just wish such a great company Like Dell would consider including in their userís guide information on the successful; backing up of these partitions.
But I whole heartedly agree if any program can tackle such a task it would probably be Macrium and I am grateful to you guys for the real good links you directed me to. All I had where some much older links and a lot of confusion
Thank You For the good input fellows.


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20 Aug 2010   #12
madtownidiot

 

If I were in your shoes, I would:
1) use windows to create a system image on an external drive
2) Zero the entire HDD using diskpart from a system recovery disk, deleting all partitions including the recovery partition (which is full of bloat anyway)
3) Restore from the system image.
4) Reallocate partitions in whichever way you choose using gparted (my preference is 80-100 GB for windows and programs and the rest for media, VHDs, etc)

total time to accomplish: 2-3 hours max
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20 Aug 2010   #13
Petey7

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit
 
 

+1 on what midtown said.
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20 Aug 2010   #14
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by madtownidiot View Post
If I were in your shoes, I would:
1) use windows to create a system image on an external drive
2) Zero the entire HDD using diskpart from a system recovery disk, deleting all partitions including the recovery partition (which is full of bloat anyway)
3) Restore from the system image.
4) Reallocate partitions in whichever way you choose using gparted (my preference is 80-100 GB for windows and programs and the rest for media, VHDs, etc)

total time to accomplish: 2-3 hours max




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