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Accessing Dell Factory image restore

by DaveCR62 / November 3, 2012 12:09 AM PDT

Dell inspiron 580 running Win 7, I cannot access DFIR using normal keystrokes. When I hit "repair Computer" it loops me back to same screen. Is there any other way of retrieving this program? The handbook says it is on a hidden partition on the hard drive. Thanks!

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Just an opinion
by bob b / November 3, 2012 1:02 AM PDT

Based on the Dell machine I have.
The restore partition is a rather delicate thing.
It does not take much to "bork" it.

What you need is the restore media.
If you don't have such a thing.........call Dell.
Yes....it might cost a few bucks and you will have to wait a week or so.

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Re: factory restore
by Kees_B Forum moderator / November 3, 2012 1:03 AM PDT

It's not clear what keystrokes you find normal, and what you find not-normal. Apparently, you should use the abnormal ones or something is wrong.

http://www.ehow.com/how_6793886_start-dell-inspiron-recovery-partition.html says it's f8 and then mention "Repair
http://www.tweaksforgeeks.com/tips/2009/01/how-do-you-access-dells-recovery-partition says ctrl-F11 for a Windows Vista one
and on my Dell mini 1010 with XP there is also F12 to go into the boot options menu which lets me choose between different boot devices.

It can go wrong if the partition is deleted, or you did some upgrading or fixing yourself.

If the recovery partition is still present, there's also the trick to use GPARTED (free download) to make that the default boot partition. But I can't look on your disk.

Kees

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Back to Dell.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 3, 2012 1:58 AM PDT
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