Reformatting PC using recovery partition

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Reformatting PC using recovery partition

  • Dell has shipped the computer with a partition E:\ called recovery. I guess it is possible to reformat the PC using this partition.

    I have reformatted PC using CD and DVD but NOT a partition. Any suggestions how I can do it from recovery partition E:\.

    Dell didn't supply me any manual or writeup to enable me do the same.

    Dell Inspiron 530 Viiv E6550 Core 2 Duo Processor (2.33GHz, 1333Mhz FSB, 4MB cache), Windows Vista Home Premium, Memory Dual Channel 2048MB (2x1024) 667MHz DDR2, Hard Drive 500GB Serial ATA2 Non Raid (2x250GB) 7200Rpm Dual HDD Config, Video Card 256MB nVidia GeForce 8600GT

  • The recovery partition is to set the system back to day one. Now if you want to do a clean install you will need the vista DVD.


  • boppo wrote:
    The recovery partition is to set the system back to day one. Now if you want to do a clean install you will need the vista DVD.





    Is there anyway to update this recovery to the present date? Any freeware stuff that does this job.

    Dell Inspiron 530 Viiv E6550 Core 2 Duo Processor (2.33GHz, 1333Mhz FSB, 4MB cache), Windows Vista Home Premium, Memory Dual Channel 2048MB (2x1024) 667MHz DDR2, Hard Drive 500GB Serial ATA2 Non Raid (2x250GB) 7200Rpm Dual HDD Config, Video Card 256MB nVidia GeForce 8600GT

  • Acronis True Image (NOT free) and an external USB hard drive. You could also use Vista's own backup utility.


  • Rebel9 wrote:
    Acronis True Image (NOT free) and an external USB hard drive. You could also use Vista's own backup utility.



    Is Vista's backup utility capable of imaging operating system as well?

    Dell Inspiron 530 Viiv E6550 Core 2 Duo Processor (2.33GHz, 1333Mhz FSB, 4MB cache), Windows Vista Home Premium, Memory Dual Channel 2048MB (2x1024) 667MHz DDR2, Hard Drive 500GB Serial ATA2 Non Raid (2x250GB) 7200Rpm Dual HDD Config, Video Card 256MB nVidia GeForce 8600GT

  • Have a look here. It will image the system but it is not included with Home Basic or Home Premium.


  • Rebel9 wrote:
    Have a look here. It will image the system but it is not included with Home Basic or Home Premium.



    Mine is Home Premium. So it is ruled out.

    Dell Inspiron 530 Viiv E6550 Core 2 Duo Processor (2.33GHz, 1333Mhz FSB, 4MB cache), Windows Vista Home Premium, Memory Dual Channel 2048MB (2x1024) 667MHz DDR2, Hard Drive 500GB Serial ATA2 Non Raid (2x250GB) 7200Rpm Dual HDD Config, Video Card 256MB nVidia GeForce 8600GT

  • I don't know of any free imaging software. TI isn't terribly expensive and it is very highly regarded.