Except for the unnamed partition,I have not noticed that before but do not have a new Dell either. There is nothing out of line. The Recovery partition is the accepted form (by the manufacturer's)of giving you a system disk. If you mess with that partition, be sure the Recovery DVD has been created or the if OS is lost, there is no restore.
Just leave it alone, IMHO, and install the apps.
I just received my new laptop Dell Vostro V13 with Win7 Pro XP mode pre-installed.
I had win XP on my previous laptop and I am not quite familiar with win 7.
My V13 comes with 500GB hard disk and 4GB RAM. Right now, the HD is divided in 3 volumes as partitioned by Dell:
- one with no name of 39MB
- one called RECOVERY of 14.65 GB NTFS
- one called OS (C of 451.07 GB NTFS where OS was pre-installed
I would like to partition my disk properly in Win 7 and have OS on one partition, eventually applications on another and data on a third.
I have chatted with Dell but they would not provide support/advice as far as partitioning is concerned.
I understand that a reformatting of the disk is necessary and that the 2 first volumes below will be deleted so no more original factory settings system recovery will be possible.
I also read that there is no point installing applications on a different partition than OS if it is on the same disk.
I would like to have the best hard disk partitioning config before I start installing my applications: MS office, etc and migrating my data.
Appreciate the input of anybody out there who can give come advice on how to partition my disk, number of partitions and size.