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Do I need a "Recovery (D)" Partition?

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    Jim In Minneapolis Guest

    Do I need a "Recovery (D)" Partition?

    I just noticed that my desktop (Dell Inspiron) DOES have a separate hard
    drive partition labeled "RECOVERY (D)" -- about 10 MB in size.

    What's that all about? Do I need it?

    ALSO . . . I noticed that my laptop (Dell Dimension) does NOT have any
    "RECOVERY (D)" partition . . . only an "OC (C)" partition.

    Is that bad not to have a "Recovery" partition?

    If it is, then would some kind soul please tell me how to add it?

    Thanks.

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    John Inzer Guest

    Re: Do I need a "Recovery (D)" Partition?

    Jim In Minneapolis wrote:

    > I just noticed that my desktop (Dell Inspiron) DOES have a separate
    > hard drive partition labeled "RECOVERY (D)" -- about 10 MB in size.
    >
    > What's that all about? Do I need it?
    >
    > ALSO . . . I noticed that my laptop (Dell Dimension) does NOT have any
    > "RECOVERY (D)" partition . . . only an "OC (C)" partition.
    >
    > Is that bad not to have a "Recovery" partition?
    >
    > If it is, then would some kind soul please tell me how to add it?
    >
    > Thanks.
    ====================================
    I suspect you meant to say your recovery partition
    is 10 GB? And yes if your system ever becomes
    corrupted you will find it to be very worthwhile.

    The files on the recovery partition will revert your
    system to what is commonly referred to as "Out
    of the box" All of your personal files and settings
    would be gone. IOW...the system will be exactly
    as it was the first time you turned on the computer.

    The following article is about an HP system but
    even still should help explain what a recovery
    partition is.

    HP Recovery From Partition
    http://www.pctechbytes.com/hp-recovery.htm

    For the best protection IMHO...a product like
    "Acronis True Image Home 2009" would be worth
    a look. This software allows the user to create an
    image of the complete hard drive that can be
    restored quickly if the need arises.

    --

    John Inzer MS-MVP
    Digital Media Experience

    Notice
    This is not tech support
    I am a volunteer

    Solutions that work for
    me may not work for you

    Proceed at your own risk



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    Jim In Minneapolis Guest

    Re: Do I need a "Recovery (D)" Partition?

    So, if I have my "system restore" CDs for that PC from Dell which came with
    it, then the "RECOVERY" partition is redundant? (i.e. - duplicate function,
    not necessar, can be deleted with no loss to me?)


    "Paul Montgomery" wrote:

    > On Sat, 11 Oct 2008 21:20:00 -0700, Jim In Minneapolis
    > <JimInMinneapolis@xxxxxx> wrote:
    >

    > >I just noticed that my desktop (Dell Inspiron) DOES have a separate hard
    > >drive partition labeled "RECOVERY (D)" -- about 10 MB in size.
    > >
    > >What's that all about? Do I need it?
    >
    > You might if Windows ever gets trashed so badly that you can't fix it
    > any other way. Dell put that there rather than give you a recovery
    > DVD (look at the discs that came with the machine to make sure). When
    > you start your machine, you see prompts at the bottom (maybe the top)
    > of your screen telling you the options you have - using the "F" keys.
    >
    > There SHOULD be a way for you to create a recovery DVD - from within
    > Windows - using the material in that partition. LOOK FOR IT and DO
    > that.
    >

    > >ALSO . . . I noticed that my laptop (Dell Dimension) does NOT have any
    > >"RECOVERY (D)" partition . . . only an "OC (C)" partition.
    > >
    > >Is that bad not to have a "Recovery" partition?
    >
    > NO.. it means that you GOT the recovery media on a disc. Check your
    > discs to make sure. Note: the disc for that machine will NOT work
    > with the other one.
    >

    > >If it is, then would some kind soul please tell me how to add it?
    >
    > Only the manufacturer can do that. YOU can make a DVD from it.
    > Again... look for the instructions on how to do that before it's too
    > late.
    >

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    Jim In Minneapolis Guest

    Re: Do I need a "Recovery (D)" Partition?

    Thanks for your suggestions . . . .

    What if I already have the 'system restore" CDs that came from Dell with the
    PC (operating system, etc.) -- can I delete the "Partition D" without any
    loss? Does it just do the same thing as those discs?

    "John Inzer" wrote:

    > Jim In Minneapolis wrote:

    > > I just noticed that my desktop (Dell Inspiron) DOES have a separate
    > > hard drive partition labeled "RECOVERY (D)" -- about 10 MB in size.
    > >
    > > What's that all about? Do I need it?
    > >
    > > ALSO . . . I noticed that my laptop (Dell Dimension) does NOT have any
    > > "RECOVERY (D)" partition . . . only an "OC (C)" partition.
    > >
    > > Is that bad not to have a "Recovery" partition?
    > >
    > > If it is, then would some kind soul please tell me how to add it?
    > >
    > > Thanks.
    > ====================================
    > I suspect you meant to say your recovery partition
    > is 10 GB? And yes if your system ever becomes
    > corrupted you will find it to be very worthwhile.
    >
    > The files on the recovery partition will revert your
    > system to what is commonly referred to as "Out
    > of the box" All of your personal files and settings
    > would be gone. IOW...the system will be exactly
    > as it was the first time you turned on the computer.
    >
    > The following article is about an HP system but
    > even still should help explain what a recovery
    > partition is.
    >
    > HP Recovery From Partition
    > http://www.pctechbytes.com/hp-recovery.htm
    >
    > For the best protection IMHO...a product like
    > "Acronis True Image Home 2009" would be worth
    > a look. This software allows the user to create an
    > image of the complete hard drive that can be
    > restored quickly if the need arises.
    >
    > --
    >
    > John Inzer MS-MVP
    > Digital Media Experience
    >
    > Notice
    > This is not tech support
    > I am a volunteer
    >
    > Solutions that work for
    > me may not work for you
    >
    > Proceed at your own risk
    >
    >
    >

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    Re: Do I need a "Recovery (D)" Partition?

    Its the same as the discs you have so you can delete it and you will gain the extra space on you hard drive.

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    Jim In Minneapolis Guest

    Re: Do I need a "Recovery (D)" Partition?

    Ok. Thanks for the advice.

    "mansrm81" wrote:

    >
    > Its the same as the discs you have so you can delete it and you will
    > gain the extra space on you hard drive.
    >
    >
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    >
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    Re: Do I need a "Recovery (D)" Partition?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jim In Minneapolis View Post
    Ok. Thanks for the advice.

    "mansrm81" wrote:

    >
    > Its the same as the discs you have so you can delete it and you will
    > gain the extra space on you hard drive.
    >
    >
    > --
    > mansrm81
    >
    > If you think I helped you fix your problem give me some rep . Click on
    > the scales. [image:
    > http://www.vistax64.com/members/mansrm81-albums-asdf-picture192-untitled.jpg]
    >
    Hi all,

    would just like to add a word of caution , Dell have recently been providing Full vista install disks in addition To the recovery partition, on some systems, so the disks and recovery partition may be different, may be worth checking Dell documentation before anything is deleted.

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    John Inzer Guest

    Re: Do I need a "Recovery (D)" Partition?

    Jim In Minneapolis wrote:

    > Thanks for your suggestions . . . .
    >
    > What if I already have the 'system restore" CDs that came from Dell
    > with the PC (operating system, etc.) -- can I delete the "Partition
    > D" without any loss? Does it just do the same thing as those discs?
    ====================================
    I suspect the system restore CDs and the recovery
    recovery partition are the same but would check
    with Dell to be sure.

    --

    John Inzer MS-MVP
    Digital Media Experience

    Notice
    This is not tech support
    I am a volunteer

    Solutions that work for
    me may not work for you

    Proceed at your own risk



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