How can I disable the dell recovery partition on a Dell optiplex 755 ?

Posted on 2008-06-11
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Last Modified: 2012-05-05
please advise
Question by:itbabe

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Demos300 earned 1000 total points
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You can delete the partition when you are installing 2000 or XP. You can also use a tool like partition magic to remove the partition.

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cincojones earned 1000 total points
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If you want to remove the partition you can use Dell Restore Remove Utility C:\Dell\Utilities\DSR\DSRIRRemv2.exe .or http://gparted.sourceforge.net/

Also what Demos mentioned!

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How can I "DISABLE" the dell recovery partition on a Dell optiplex 755? ...

No. There is no option to DISABLE it, but you can remove it as described by Demos3000 and cincojones.
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Disable? Take a (ghost) image first, then remove it as mentioned above. Available then if needed.

Chris B
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Actually on thinking about it, I think I may have inadvertently done this in the past, so might be worth a try (after taking an image). If you boot to an XP CD recovery console and fixmbr, I suspect this will remove access to the partition. Using Boot Magic later to set the recovery partition active should allow you to boot into recovery.

Chris B
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Partition Magic (and some other partitioning utilities) have an option to "Hide" a partition. That would effectively disable it without removing it.

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