Do we need to Ghost the dell partition?
Posted on 2011-03-18
When running Ghost 15 on a new Dell Win7 machine, as usually when selecting the C drive Ghost then recommends adding the RECOVERY PARTITION (800 MB on this machine) and says it's required as it contains the boot configuration database. We added that as we always abide by Ghosts recommendation. However, this machine also has a small 39 MB Dell partition that Ghost calls "Dell Utility" that Ghost doesn't seem to think it needs. Presumably this is where Dell keeps their tools, Windows reports this partition as being 39 MB with no volume name and no file system. Ghost at least sees it as "Dell Utility Partition." Would we need to be including this in our Ghost backup jobs in order to fully recover this computer to a booting state? Normally we would take everything, but in this case Ghost is only saying the RECOVERY PARTITION is linked to the C drive and the other is not necessary.
We're aware that Windows 7 always adds that extra 100 MB recovery partition upon installing. However, this one is 800 MB. Presumably because it's a Dell OS factory install and they did it differently so we just want to make sure it's not linked to that Dell Utility partition and that one is not needed in anyway.
We asked Norton, they said to stick with Ghost's recommendation at the Dell Utility partition would not be needed to boot the machine if the drive died. They said if anything to back it up separately, but they don't recommend adding it to the C drive backups.