The MediaDirect manual for v. 3.5 says that the MediaDirect
reinstallation DVD is used twice. The first time, it is booted
by the BIOS, and the small (3GB for v. 3.5) MediaDirect logical
drive is made having type code dd(hex) within an Extended
partition that is at the very end of the hard drive. A Primary
partition of about 78MB is made which contains the diagnostic
utilities is put at the front of the hard drive, and you are given a
choice of making all the unallocatted space between those two
partitions to be one big C: partition or a C: partition and a D:
Then, you remove the MediaDirect DVD and insert the Vista
installation DVD and boot that up and install Vista, and then
remove the Vista DVD. Then start Vista, and when it is running,
insert the MediaDirect DVD again, and let Vista start it up and
let it reinstall MediaDirect into the type dd(hex) logical drive and
do whatever else it must do to install the code that runs as a
result of pressing the button with the "house" icon.
The MediaDirect logical drive contains a small OS which runs
MediaDirect in normal operation so that Vista is not needed
when viewing DVD movies, etc., and the security risk of having
a running OS is not incurred. Whether the code for MediaDirect
(as an application) resides in the MediaDirect logical drive or in
the C: partition, I don't know, but the MediaDirect application
also resides in the C: partition and it can also be run from Vista,
so it may reside in one or both locations.
When there is no partitions of type dd(hex) to be found by the
MediaDirect startup code, processing does not progress beyond
the MediaDirect splash screen, and you can shut the laptop down
and restart it by using the power button.
What I would do (and what I plan to do) is to leave out the Media-
Direct app until Dell releases versionn 4.0 of MediaDirect, which
has been designed to be less brittle and more user friendly in its
reinstallation procedure and in its tolerance for additional partitions
(such as for Linux and/or XP). Just allocate partitions without any
use of the MediaDirect DVD just as if it didn't exist. To do that,
I'm using Gparted from a USB "thumb" drive, and it all works OK
so far. Whether the eventual v. 4.0 of MediaDirect will work with
pre-Vista partitions is something that is not yet known. It may
comfort you to know that the predominate feeling among Dell laptop
owners who add partitions (such as for dual-booting) is that
MediaDirect is just junk and should be discarded.
> "Timothy Daniels" wrote:
> | (...) the 2.01GB partition will contain
> | the re-installed MediaDirect application
> | and its "embedded" OS.
> I don't get this: so far, that peculiar volume seems empty (as far as I can
> tell, since it can't be accessed in the usual way, like through File manager),
> and I'm finished with reinstalling Dell MediaDirect. Do you mean that 2.01 Gb
> partition is were the system copies its temporary files when I'm using Dell
> MediaDirect? Does that apply both from Vista and without having loaded Vista
> the first place--which seems to be the reason why Dell MediaDirect is made
> ? If so, if I just delete that partition so as to let C: get the liberated
> space, what will happen next time I launch MediaDirect?
> I am *very* sincerely grateful for bothering to explain that much, and I hope
> you can explain a bit more...