Can I still boot to a hidden recovery partition if I format?

KamilKozyra November 22, 2012
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Hi everybody,

I have a few questions about hard drive recovery partitions. If I format a hard drive (just the C drive using DBAN), can I still boot to a hidden (as example brand) Dell recovery partition?

How do I install a hidden Dell recovery partition if I completely wipe an entire hard drive? Also, would this work in an SSD drive?


  1. Alisa Fish
    November 28, 2012 at 2:03 am

    In my opinion, maybe a partition recovery software can help you deal with this probelm.

  2. Jim Chambers
    November 23, 2012 at 5:04 pm

    You should be able to make an image of the recovery partition and use a live CD to install it back on HDD after complete erase or on an SDD. Uses valuable space on SDD for seldom used files. Why not use program like EaseUS Todo running on a live CD to just erase the system directory (C:)?

  3. Rakesh Mishra
    November 23, 2012 at 7:55 am

    no it is impossible

  4. Jan Fritsch
    November 22, 2012 at 4:01 pm

    If I recall correctly the Dell Recovery Partition should be visible in DBAN and therefor you should make sure to only wipe the system partition.

    You can recreate the diagnostic tools which are present on the recovery partition but you won't be able to recreate the recovery part of it.

  5. Nikhil Chandak
    November 22, 2012 at 3:37 pm

    as said by many people here , i also dont think that u cannot do that

    • Nikhil Chandak
      November 22, 2012 at 5:46 pm

      I mean , that u cannot do that
      by mistakenly i wrote that in my first comment

  6. Alan Wade
    November 22, 2012 at 1:08 pm

    You should be able to make a Recovery disk from the recovery partition, you need to either read your computers manual or post the make and model number for exactly how to do that. If you have a recovery disk then the answer would be yes.

  7. ha14
    November 22, 2012 at 10:00 am

    Dell hidden partition is generated by Dell at the time your system is built

    How to Create a Dell Recovery Partition

    1 Turn off your computer and insert your Windows setup disc into your disc tray.
    2 Turn on your computer and press “enter” at the setup screen.
    3 Read the Windows licensing agreement and press the “F8” key to accept it.
    4 Press “Esc” to bypass the Windows repair menu. You should now see a list of your hard drive partitions.
    5 Press the “C” key and enter the size of your new recovery partition.
    6 Restart your computer. Your Dell computer now has a recovery partition


    Inside the Dell PC Restore Partition
    Inside the Dell PC Restore Partition

    Restoring the Dell Recovery Partition on Windows 7
    scroll down to Making Recovery Discs then click on the link to download DataSafeLocalBasic.exe, see if this will create the hidden partition?

    perhaps from here you can get access to some utilities

    create the restore partition is difficult because it comes with installation of windows, this is why when you do factory reset (F11?) Dell will start to format and reinstall Windows and automatic activation.

  8. siddharth singh
    November 22, 2012 at 9:50 am

    you wont be able to install a dell recovery partition!

  9. Qin Tang
    November 22, 2012 at 7:40 am

    No, you cannot do that.

  10. Aswin Kumar K P
    November 22, 2012 at 4:45 am

    I think you cant do that.You should only format from the present windows.

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