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Dell PowerEdge 2GB Partition issue

Tyrone Phillips
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Hi all, i have just inherited a Dell PowerEdge server that wont run a full Bare Metal Backup due to a small 2GB FAT32 partion.

Does anyone know anything about this partition, i found a few websites with people complaining, some say you cant delete it as the server wont boot after that, can i convert it to NTFS perhaps?

Would this have an effect on the server boot, i have even tried to image the drive with Macrium and create a recovery disk but it keeps giving errors relating back to this 2GB FAT Partition.

Does anyone have any ideas?

Thanks in advance
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David Johnson, CDSimple Geek from the '70s
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can you show a picture from diskmgmt.msc? It probably is an EFS partition, the disk is probably GPT drive which means you have to use a uefi boot not a mbr boot
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It can be a Dell EISA partition. But the picture from your Windows Disk Management would be helpful.

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Thanks all, please see the attached document with the screenshot
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David Johnson, CDSimple Geek from the '70s
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What a mess..  You could try using veeam endpoint backup to create a backup.
remove the drives, insert 1 blank (no partitions) drive, install the OS from installation media
restore your OS using veam recovery disk to the new OS partition
run bcdboot x:\windows
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