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    Hey Everyone,

    I have a question I hope can be answered. I have a Dell Dimension 9200. It originally came with XP installed and I have since installed Vista on it and I am currently running. When I install Win7, I want to dump that recovery partition to regain the storage on it. Is it possible to make a backup copy of the recovery partition before I remove it? While I am asking, when installing Win7, is there an option to remove/make partitions and reformat the drive?

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    When you clean install Win 7 over the Vista partition it will create a folder called windows.old which includes all your Vista OS. You can open this folder and drag all the stuff you want to transfer directly to the new OS. The recovery partition is useless already. All it will do is take your PC back to the original factory installed XP OS. You would loose eveything you have installed since you bought it, including Vista and Win 7 if you recover from this partition. It would be far preferable to make an image of the new OS for recovery purposes.

    After installing Win 7 you can use partitioning software to recover the recovery partition. I used the free Partition Wizard ( http://www.partitionwizard.com/ )
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    Quote Originally Posted by Grant B View Post
    Is it possible to make a backup copy of the recovery partition before I remove it?
    The docs that came with your Dell should explain how to backup the recovery partition onto a set of DVDs. I have an HP laptop and it came with instructions on how to burns DVDs (or CDs) from the recovery partition.

    But my recommendation is to install a new hard drive and install Win7 there. Hard drives are cheap, and then you still have the old drive (and OS) to fall back on if necessary.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peter Johnson2191 View Post
    The docs that came with your Dell should explain how to backup the recovery partition onto a set of DVDs.
    The Dell Recovery partition can be backed up to DVD's, but they are of no value. Dell's recovery CANNOT be run from DVD's. This is completely different than creating Recovery DVD's on HP's.

    In fact, on Dell machines, once the current OS is re-installed, or a NEW OS is installed, the MBR is rewritten and the functionality of the Recovery Partition is lost. There are ways to repair this but it is a time consuming and complicated procedure.
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    The recovery partition is usually at the beginning of the disk and this makes it very difficult to add the space to Windows. Get a larger disk to replace the existing and clone it using the manufacturer's drive management software. Then use the old disk for backups.

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    Quote Originally Posted by P T View Post
    The recovery partition is usually at the beginning of the disk and this makes it very difficult to add the space to Windows. Get a larger disk to replace the existing and clone it using the manufacturer's drive management software. Then use the old disk for backups.

    cheers, Paul

    Not true. Windows own partition software will allow this partition to be deleted, then reformated, but I had to use a partitioning software (Partition Wizard in my case because it's free) to actually recover the partition, which I have successfully done on 3 PCs, all of which had the recovery partition at the front of the HD.
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    Ted, you are correct, but it's easier for the uninitiated to buy a new disk.

    cheers, Paul

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    Thanks for the info everyone.

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