Backup Restore Partition


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Backup Restore Partition

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I've just got a second hand Dell 1501. I'm looking to install Ubuntu 9.10 on it, but before I do I want to make a backup of the restore partition on the hard drive, so I can return the machine to vista if I get rid of it in the future.

I've seen there is a Dell utility for backing up hard drives, can it be dowloaded ?



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  • There is no Dell backup utility that I know of.  Dell provides the OS and Drivers and Utilities disc with new PC's and if the Dell Recovery Partition is corrupted or a new hard drive is installed the users must use the Dell provided discs.  Some other Vendors such as HP and Gateway do or at least used to have a utility to create backup discs from the recovery partition.   Most of the Techie's here, including myself, use Acronis True Image Home to backup.  I backup my entire hard drive including the two Dell partitions (recovery and diagnostic) and my "C" drive to a separate hard drive.  As I do periodic full (not incremental) backups I have everything to completely recover the disk image.  I've also used the Acronis full drive back up when I upgraded to a larger size hard drive.

    If the Dell OS and Drivers and Utilities discs are missing, check with the original owner.  Dell will provide a free (one time) copy of the discs but only to the registered (with Dell) user.


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