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How to create a restore disk from a DELL Optiplex 330

I have a dell optiplex 330 and I want to wipe it out and bring it back to the day we got it. I do not have the restore disk and I don't know how to, if it is even possible to create one from the PC itself. I tried to press Ctrl-F11 on boot up but it goes right into windows.

I also have a dell dimension 3000. I was hoping that if I could create one from the 330, that I could from the 3000 and use it to restore the 330.

I am in a time pinch here as I need to get this pc back to the office tomorrow AM to the user!

Any and all thoughts, ideas and prayers are appreciated.

BTW, dell is of no help as the PC's ownership was never transferred from the VAR to the company. OYE!
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Quite possible that the Restore Partition has been deleted from this computer.

Try the following from http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/systems/op330/en/ug/software.htm#wp1108709

1. Log on to the computer as a local administrator.

2. In Microsoft Windows Explorer, go to c:\dell\utilities\DSR.

3. Double-click the filename DSRIRRemv2.exe.

NOTE: If you do not log on as a local administrator, a message appears stating that you that you must log on as administrator. Click Quit, and then log on as a local administrator.

NOTE: If the partition for PC Restore does not exist on your computer hard drive, a message appears stating that the partition was not found. Click Quit; there is no partition to delete.

If you get the message above you don't have the partition.

If you don't get the message then cancel the util's operation otherwise you'll delete the Recovery Partition.
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thanks for the fast responses. I tried the first suggestion and it is a no go as that folder is not there.

Can I create a restore cd from a dimension 3000? And use it on the 330?
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> Can I create a restore cd from a dimension 3000? And use it on the 330?
If it's the SAME OS  - XP Home and XP Home or XP Pro and XP Pro - MAYBE.  Depends on how Dell does the restore thing.  For Dimensions (home class systems) it may bundle in the drivers and everything else so an attempt to restore it to a FAR different system such as an Optiplex 330 may fail miserably.  IF the restore CDs are nothing more than OEM images, then it may work fine.
You'll need to read this http://www.goodells.net/dellrestore/index.htm to understand how Dell does the recovery partition stuff.
Look at http://www.goodells.net/dellrestore/fixes.htm if you want to try and find the restore partition on the hard disk.
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I wish I had better news, but I don't think this is going to work out as you hope.  If the recovery partition actually had an XP image, then you should be able to recover to it using F12 before booting into Windows - but I think that's only diagnostics.  You can use a DELL OEM CD containing the OS for which the CoA was issued to reinstall... if you don't have that... I don't know what else to tell you... sometimes the answer is you can't do it.  And this may be one of those times.
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I want to thank everyone for chiming in with their advice. Nothing worked. I believe that the PC had been wiped out previously and had Windows XP Pro reinstalled without a restore partition. I did what we do best, I got my butt into the client's office at 5am and found that they did have the restore disks hidden away in a filing cabinet. I got the PC up and running around 10am, a few hours late, but they are happy with the 'new' PC.
Cool.

Glad you are up and running!