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    Imaging and restoring removing dell recovery partition

    Have just received a new Dell laptop and in process of getting rid of the dell bloat ware.. I am also changing hard drive to SSD. I am creating an image of the disk as is now. But I would like to delete the recovery partition as not needed when have up to date images. Would there be any problems with deleting this partition as it does not seem to have the 100MB reserve partition that normally holds the boot up MBR files? I am worried that the MBR is located in this recovery section of Dell's.

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    Clive,

    I've successfully removed this partition on my Laptop {Inspiron 1564} without a problem. The trick is to have a bootable CD/USB so if necessary you can reset the Active/Primary/Boot settings if the machine fails to boot after removal. You can Google this topic for detailed instructions.
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    Hi Clive, first thing you must do is burn a set of recovery disk/s, backups can fail to restore specially after a hardware change. Once SSD is fitted, use the disk/s to reinstall the OS. Now you can decrapify it, making NEW backups when you want.
    As to the System Reserved partition, if its their, ignore it, if not don't worry about it. The MBR will be in the disk/s you burn.
    O wad some Power the giftie gie us, to see oursels as ithers see us!

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    Clive,

    I just remembered I posted detailed instructions before.
    Read all the way to the bottom!
    Last edited by RetiredGeek; 2011-11-17 at 10:39.
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    Thanks all for your help.
    Unfortunately I messed up with partition magic and ended up deleting all partitions. Luckily I did an image before I started and now restoring that image.
    The original hard drive was 620GB but the SSD is 128GB so was trying to reduce size to fit on SSD. When I deleted the recovery partition it would not boot and the windows disk did not repair it. So think I will bite the bullet and do a clean install with my new win7 HP disk and hope all the drivers for Dell are on their driver disk they supplied.

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    My experience with Windows 7 is that it will be able to get the drivers it needs, if you don't have them available. Very rarely had I to get a driver from a manufacturers disk or from a download.

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    Thanks all especially retired greek.
    Followed Retired Greek's detailed instructions and now proud owner of one very fast laptop with SSD installed and nearly all updates done.

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    Clive,

    Who's this Retired Greek guy getting all my glory!

    You're welcome anyway.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RetiredGeek View Post
    Clive,

    Who's this Retired Greek guy getting all my glory!

    You're welcome anyway.
    Sorry my typing error sorry if offended you. By the way are you Greek?

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    Clive,

    No offense taken {notice the icon}.
    No on Greek in my background mostly German with a few others in my Heinz 57.
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