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Hi,

I have windows 7 home premium OEM.

I would like to format the computer and reinstall my windows after dleting the partitionns.

at the moment i Have 4 partitions:

1. 39 MB health

2. RECOVERY 18.25 GB

3. 92.95 GB health 

4. 8 GB health hibernation

I would like to delete all partitions and to have only one partition-

How it will effect on the hibernatin/standy and etc?

Is there any initial steps that I have to do prior the installation?

Why do I need additional 3 partitions - RECOVERY, HIBERNATION and the 39 MB ?

Chipopo

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  • Hi

    I know that basicaly standy recovery is faster than recovery from hibernate from the reason that

    in standy there is power for the peripherial components such RAM, in Hibernate it's recovery from full off computer

    and than taking the data from the HDD.

    What is the main benefit by seperating the hibernantion to a seperate partition and not the same as the windows partition?

    Regards,

    Chipopo

  • Hi,

    Its part of the Intel Rapid Start Technology. Click on the below link and click on the pdf file.

    en.community.dell.com/.../dell-whitepaper-intel-responsiveness-technologies-setup-guide.aspx

    Thank you.

  • Thank you.

    does the file Hiberfil.sys

    supose to be in the windows partition or in the hibernation partition for the best preformences?

    Regards,

    Chipopo

  • Hi,

    The hibernation-file "hiberfil.sys" is always stored on the partition with the windows folder ("boot partition").

    en.wikipedia.org/.../System_partition_and_boot_partition

    Thank you.

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  • Hi,

    Welcome to the Community. Use the below links for help on how to reinstall windows on your computer. I do not recommend you formatting the recovery Drive, as you will lose the ability to Restore back to Factory Settings. The hibernation partition is for faster boot from Hibernation Mode.

    support.dell.com/.../document

    en.community.dell.com/.../1434.1-1-a-clean-install-of-windows-7-on-dell-systems.aspx

    Hope this helps.

    Thank you.

  • Thank you.

    1. I don't use hibernation, I use only "sleep"

    So it's OK to delete the hibernation partition ?

    2.For what is the 39 MB partition? - is it OK to delete as well ?

    The bottom line - I would like to have 1 parttion of 128 GB (SSD) - can it work fine ?

    3. I have a windows 7 home premium installation CD from my friend (diffrent model) ,

    How can I activate using my OEM KEY ?

    4. Do I have to download any SATA or UEFI drivers before the installation ?

    5. Is there any benefit of using UEFI ? - does it reuired partitioning ?

    Thanks

    Chipopo

  • Hi,

    If you do not use Hibernation then yes you can remove that partition and the 39 mb to use it as storage. If you use a Dell Windows Disc that came with the computer you will not need the Product Key. You should probably use Disk Management to just create one partition instead of Reinstalling Windows. Click on start, right click on Computer, click on manage, Disk Management.

    knowledge.seagate.com/.../188931en

    Thank you.

  • Thank you

    1. What is the role of the 39 MB partition at all ?

    HIbernation & restore I understand...

    2. Theoritacly: is it possible to make ghost (snapshot) and then to repartition by diskpart

    and then to restore the ghost snap shot ?

    3. Are there any benerfits to use hibernation vs. stanby or sleep ?

    4. BTW: How can I use the restore partition for restoring ?

    Regards,

    Chipopo

  • Hi,

    When the hard drive is partitoned with Hibernate at the factory 39 mb is left as free space, this will just add to faster boot from hibernate. Nope you cannot create a snap shot of the recovery paritition, any changes to the Recovery drive will damage it, and you will lose the option to restore back to Factory Settings.

    Hibernate : Stores all data thats in RAM onto a place on the hard disk.. and then powers the machine off completely. When you reboot, windows restores everything thats in ram from HD, and puts the machine back into the state it was before hibernation

    Sleep/Standby : puts the machine into low power mode, which usually means turning off all components except for RAM, and a couple of other chipsets. The machine is still "on" but the data is not flushed from volatile memory (which requires power to be given to it or it looses data).

    pc.net/.../hibernate_and_standby_differences

    Use the below link to restore to factory settings.

    support.dell.com/.../document

    Thank you.

  • Thanks.

    1. I didn't mean to take snapshot of the restored partition but the main partition (where the windows run),

    should it work after delete all volume and restoring my home made snapshot ?

    2. Is there any bennefit in the aspect of: speed, SSD life, Mother board life and etc.

    between standby and hibernate?

    (it was not mentioned in the article attached).

    3. I would like to understand deeper: if you have hibernate partition, how does additional 38 MB partition

    makes the hibernate faster ?

    Regards,

    Chipopo

  • Hi,

    To answer your first question, I dont know if that will work, as I have not seen anyone try it. Question 2, yes by having the hibernate partition you have faster boot times when coming out of hibernation. Hibernate also improves battery life when not using your computer. Question 3, the 38 mb just acts as a buffer for the hibernation partition, having said that, I do not see it making much of a difference in terms of speed coming out from Hibernation.

    Thank you.

  • Hi

    I know that basicaly standy recovery is faster than recovery from hibernate from the reason that

    in standy there is power for the peripherial components such RAM, in Hibernate it's recovery from full off computer

    and than taking the data from the HDD.

    What is the main benefit by seperating the hibernantion to a seperate partition and not the same as the windows partition?

    Regards,

    Chipopo

  • Hi,

    Its part of the Intel Rapid Start Technology. Click on the below link and click on the pdf file.

    en.community.dell.com/.../dell-whitepaper-intel-responsiveness-technologies-setup-guide.aspx

    Thank you.

  • Thank you.

    does the file Hiberfil.sys

    supose to be in the windows partition or in the hibernation partition for the best preformences?

    Regards,

    Chipopo

  • Hi,

    The hibernation-file "hiberfil.sys" is always stored on the partition with the windows folder ("boot partition").

    en.wikipedia.org/.../System_partition_and_boot_partition

    Thank you.

  • Thanks,

    in the past I disable hibernation by the command cprompt:

    powercfg-h off.

    I have in the shutdown menu only: shutdows, restart, sleep, logoff, switch user, i don't have hibernate.

    I tried to renew the hibernate process by

    powercfg.exex -h on

    and it doesn't work.

    How do I re enable the hibernation ?

    Regards,

    Chipopo

  • That the messege I get:

    "Hibernation failed with the following error: The request is not supported.

    The following items are preventing hibernation on this system.

           The system firmware does not support hibernation."

  • Hi,

    Try running the Fixit using the below link.

    support.microsoft.com/.../920730

    Thank you.

  • Hi

    it doesn't resolve the issue.

    any how I investiagte the issue, Windows 7 home premium doesn't support XPS 13 hibernate.

    only windows 7 pro and ultimate - are you familiar with this issue.

    It's redicules that dell make partitions without usage (hibernate).

    Another thing, in SSD it doesn't recommended to make hibernation, because it's writing too much data every time.

    Regards,

    Chipopo