I accidently deleted Dell's Recovery Partition. How to get it back?

By Tru_Snoop ┬Ě 10 replies
Jun 24, 2006
  1. Hey guys;

    As you may have guessed from the title, I have Dell Inpiron 6000. It had Windows XP Home installed, and was equiped with "Restore System" (by pressing Ctrl + F11, you could restore your system). No CD included. I was trying to install Linux OS, It was Fedora Core 5.0. I asked linux OS to resize the partition automatically. It installed without any problem, but then I couldn't access to my windows XP. Everytime I try to access, some "Hardware Diagonsis" program showed up. So no matter I did, I couldn't access windows XP. I tried to press "Ctrl + F11" at the Dell screen, but it didn't work. I tried several times, but didn't work. So I finally gave up and reformattd the drive and installed Windows XP Pro, Operating system. I installed all the Dell driver after that. However, as I said I think I accidently deleted Dell's Recovery partition.

    Is there any way to get that back? I would like to get my original Windows OS back.

    Any help would be apriciated. Thank you so much.
  2. AMDIsTheBest010

    AMDIsTheBest010 TS Rookie Posts: 398

    well first of all y did u do a "full install" of linux if you liked windowsXP so much? most linux CDs will boot right from the CD. first of all, are u 100% sure that the drive is actually gone or if jut not showing up? b/c it could still be there. 2nd call Dell and ask them how to do it. this is the #1 tip that i give people, and u'd b surprised how many times people solve their problem,

    Call Dell and then give us more feedback based on what they tell u to do
  3. WinDoWsMoNoPoLy

    WinDoWsMoNoPoLy TS Rookie Posts: 252

    Dell is about as useful as male nipples.
  4. Samstoned

    Samstoned TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,018

    if install from disc why want the recovery partition??
    you don't need it with the install cd in your hands
  5. blue_dragon

    blue_dragon TS Rookie Posts: 190

    if you have the patience..call dell and ask them for a recovery cd..theyll probably charge you..i know hp does this but I have never tried it :)
  6. WinDoWsMoNoPoLy

    WinDoWsMoNoPoLy TS Rookie Posts: 252

    Most likely Dell will have you send your computer in. You'll get it back a couple weeks to a month later exactly the same as you first got it. I would just keep it as it is. Those recovery partitions are just drivers for your exact model computer and such from what i remember.
  7. AMDIsTheBest010

    AMDIsTheBest010 TS Rookie Posts: 398

    Not if your computer is under warranty, my Inspiron E1505 was still under warranty and i misplaced the Windows XP Media Center 2005 Disc and i call dell, and they sent one for free in about 4 days

    ps. they were actually very helpful for once
  8. Tru_Snoop

    Tru_Snoop TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 21

    Hey guys;

    Thank you so much for your help and information. I finally called Dell. They were really helpful. The person I spoke to will be sending all the required CDs in the mail.

    I didn't even have to beg for it. Lol.

    Thanks guys.
  9. WinDoWsMoNoPoLy

    WinDoWsMoNoPoLy TS Rookie Posts: 252

    Well then, if they have rehab for giving ****ty customer support, Dell must have went to it.
  10. Xeek

    Xeek TS Rookie

  11. mopar man

    mopar man TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 1,379

    Actually, I have always had good experiences with them. But of course my 2400 WAS still under warranty...
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