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Wanting to create a Hard drive restore disk from hidden files on a dell

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#1 Jan2014


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Posted 19 September 2014 - 05:53 PM



I have been going bonkers looking for some help to do this, then I recalled out that I can call dell to get the restore disk, -  I was told NO you can not get the disks, because Windows XP is no longer supported.


I have Windows XP sp 2, I know it needs updated, but I also know the computer is riddled with virus and malware.  I would rather make the restore disks from the hidden partition and then reformat the computer.


I would like to make the disks, but have no clue as to how.


I then plan to partition the 150gb hard drive so I have Windows XP on one partition and then the other I want to install Ubuntu, I have no clue about Ubuntu - other then I have heard it is open source and a very good program. 






P.S why both OS? 


I know XP well, and want to learn Ubuntu, I expect I will go back and forth between them as I learn.






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Posted 19 September 2014 - 06:45 PM



I do not know of a way to make recovery CD / DVD media from the recovery partition.


The best recovery method (provided your recovery partition is intact is to perform the following...

Make a Backup of all your important data first.


Disconnect any unneeded peripherals (Printers, Scanners, USB Drives etc.).


Boot your computer, when the Dell logo appears on your screen, hold down <Ctrl> and <F11> simultaneously.


The Dell PC Restore Wizard will load.


Use the <Tab> and <Enter> key or Click to choose Restore.


Read and follow the instructions carefully, use the <Tab> and <Enter> key or Click to respond to prompts.


Finally All Data Will Be Lost displays. use the <Tab> and <Enter> key or Click to choose Confirm.


Press <Enter> to begin the recovery process.


Upon completion you will receive a message hopefully displaying a successful recovery. use the <Tab> and <Enter> key or Click to choose Finish


Press <Enter> to boot to the fresh installation.


I recommend that you consider Linux Mint


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