If you remove it you may lose the Dell diagnostics which I find most folk can't use alternatives. YOUR CHOICE!
OK, I use GPARTED (no tutorial as it's all on the web) and I'm done. But why use that other than to delete all the partitions and give your new install a blank HDD?
Now I could write about Dell drivers and REQUIRED APPS but some get onto this "clean install" highway and then flame everyone about the WiFi drivers. Again, no, we use Dell QuickSet to turn that on and off. As this is again all over the web I stop again.
I can't find the exact model but the only lock today and it's on almost all the new machines is UEFI. But so far the makers have a way to turn off secure boot and enable Corporate Stable Model. They had to or write off the business market. Again, widely discussed so I stop for the last time.
I have a Dell Studio 1555. It has slowed to a snail' s pace. It's also overheating.
I'm going to dis-assemble it and clean the MB and CPU.
But I also want to get rid of Dell's pre-installed software (Vista, subsequently ugraded to Win 7) and install my own Windows 7 OS. A recent attempt to use the factory restore method and a re-install using the original Dell disks was not successful.
I've discovered an EISA partition on the drive which I want to delete. I've tried deleting this same partition (which I understand almost all laptops have) on an old Toshiba laptop by taking it out and putting it into an external USB caddy and using Windows 7. But this was did not work. I understand that these EISA partitions are difficult to delete.
I have all the latest drivers from the Dell site which dell say relate to this model but, even after I've done the clean up, I'll still need some advice.
My questions are these.
Have Dell, Toshiba etc, somehow permanently make their Hard drives dependent on any of their proprietary software?
Put another way. If I were to buy a new hard drive and install it on the Dell laptop, would the BIOS function like a desktop and happily accept whatever OS I chose to install or will this EISA partition somehow be reinstalled or will the whole operation fail?
Is there an easy, beginner friendly, way to delete the EISA partition and merge the space into the remaining partition?