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Why is a Recovery Partition showing in the BIOS?


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#1 mystic12

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Posted 03 January 2016 - 05:27 PM

Attempting to reload win7, this dell desktop has 3 partitions showing as follows:

 

DISK 0 Partition 1 OEM 3.0MB

DISK 0 Partition 2 Recovery 12.3GB

DISK 0 Partition 3 OS Primary 285.7GB

 

First issue, when I had looked  for a Recovery partition in My Computer in windows, nothing was showing except for the C drive so I am not understanding why in the BIOS that 12.3gb Recovery partition is there? Also what's the purpose of the 3.0MB OEM partition please?



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#2 JohnC_21

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Posted 03 January 2016 - 05:39 PM

You do not see it because I think there is no drive letter assigned to the partition. The 3MB partition I believe is Dell's diagnostic tools but I am not sure. It could also be the initial start of the recovery manager you access by tapping F8 > Repair Computer > Dell Recovery Partition

 

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You can see your partition by opening a command prompt and typing the following

 

diskpart

list disk

select disk 0

list volume   Will show all drive letters on the computer

list partition  Will show all partitions on disk 0

exit


Edited by JohnC_21, 03 January 2016 - 05:49 PM.


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Posted 03 January 2016 - 05:42 PM

When I tapped f8 it led me to Startup Repair but not to any recovery options so that suggested to be there wasn't a recover option on this machine?



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Posted 03 January 2016 - 05:48 PM

I am pretty sure that 12GB partition is the recovery partition. When you tap F8 there is no menu setting called Repair Your Computer? From there you should see the image I posted.



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Posted 03 January 2016 - 05:55 PM

I am familiar with that screen just did not see that option earlier today. Well what's throwing me here is that many times I have seen a recovery drive in windows so I guess because I did not see one on this machine I guess I wasn't expecting there would be that option. Alright so to confirm, as long as there is a recovery partition showing when I go to the reinstall screen that should mean there is a recovery option? If yes, are the recovery partitions and options automatically generated or only way to have a recovery option is to manually create one?



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Posted 03 January 2016 - 06:03 PM

I am familiar with that screen just did not see that option earlier today. Well what's throwing me here is that many times I have seen a recovery drive in windows so I guess because I did not see one on this machine I guess I wasn't expecting there would be that option. Alright so to confirm, as long as there is a recovery partition showing when I go to the reinstall screen that should mean there is a recovery option? If yes, are the recovery partitions and options automatically generated or only way to have a recovery option is to manually create one?

Sometimes there can be a Recovery Partition but for some reason the option is not available. Sometimes making the Recovery Partition active will cause it to boot into the Recovery Partition when the computer boots but that is not always the case.  I don't know how one manually creates a Recovery Option. Dell using the F8 method. Other OEMs have a key press at boot. For a computer that does not have a recovery partition after a clean install you can create one using Aoemi's One Key.

http://www.backup-utility.com/onekey-recovery.html



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Posted 03 January 2016 - 10:19 PM

Not the first time you've given me great utility links. Thanks John.



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Posted 04 January 2016 - 07:00 AM

Alright so a recovery partition is automatically generated, thanks for the help and link.


Edited by mystic12, 04 January 2016 - 07:00 AM.





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