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Installed HDD - Need Help With Partitions

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#1 Espozito


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Posted 03 February 2013 - 03:00 AM

I am trying to upgrade a Dell Inspiron 1525 (w/Vista Home Basic) so I recently swapped out the original Hitachi 120GB with a new WD Blue 320GB HDD. However, it looks like my partitions are not set up correctly and I was wondering if anyone can recommend an ideal way for me to set these. The screen shot below shows my current volumes:

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I'm also not sure why I have the 39MB (EISA configured) volume or the MEDIADIRECT 2.5GB volume.

Edited by Espozito, 03 February 2013 - 03:04 AM.

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#2 dpunisher


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Posted 05 February 2013 - 04:28 PM

That is pretty much the way your system should be set up if you ghosted/copied your original hard drive to your new one.

That vintage of Dell has "Media Direct", which allows your system to start up without booting the entire OS when you insert a DVD or equivilent. Ran across it on a lot of Dells, mainly lappys.

The "EISA Configuration" is a diagnostic partition/utility, normal for Dells. I think you can boot directly to that from the post screen to run diagnostics on the system.

Your hard drive is set up correctly. If you want to change it around, you can delete the "D" and "F" drives to recover the space.
Just my preference, but I run a C: with OS and programs, D: data, and E: Recovery (ghosted C:), and remaining drive letter for optical drive. If something screws up, I can do a clean restore of the C: drive without disturbing my data on D:. Thats just me though.

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