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Backing up a hidden system partition?

Discussion in 'Windows & Other Software' started by FunkyT, 20 Jun 2006.

  1. FunkyT


    Joined: 27 Aug 2003

    Posts: 3,472

    The partition contains a factory install of XP and I'd like to back it up. I can see it with PartitionMagic but I'm not sure which application to use for backup/restore?
  2. Bubo


    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 6,982

    Location: Scun'orp

    I recently came across the nightmare that is hidden factory reset partitions on a shop bought PC myself when I tried to ressurect my sisters pc. Unfortunately the HD died before I was able to proper back it up, which in a nutshell is why the idea of hidden backup partitions is so stupid. Anyway, what I would do would be to forget about backing up the hidden partition, just do a factory reset and then backup the C drive as is with Ghost, call this your virgin backup. Then if you want install your drivers and stuff and ghost that partition to use as your main backup. Write these to a dvd and then get rid of the backup partition alotgether as to my mind it just takes up space and is no use as a safe backup anyway (see above)

    In short get Ghost, you'll probably want to backup your c drive with it anyway before doing the factory reset.
  3. michellez


    Joined: 19 Mar 2005

    Posts: 326

    Location: London, England

    If it comes with a recovery partition it should come with a program installed in Windows to make a set of recovery CDs.

    What computer is it?
  4. Meatball


    Joined: 12 Jun 2005

    Posts: 6,299

    Location: St Albans

    My old Packard Bell computer came with this but it managed to create corrupted disks multiple times (with Sony CD-Rs) so in the end I had a computer that couldn't be recovered so I was forced to buy recovery disks from them :mad:
  5. FunkyT


    Joined: 27 Aug 2003

    Posts: 3,472

    It's a Dell dude.