If you own a Dell PC, your computer probably did not ship with a restoration CD/DVD or a Windows 7 operating system disc. Dell supplies the vast majority of its computers with a hidden partition that contains the restore utility software and operating system. If you need to restore your computer's default software settings, you can do so by using the utilities on the hidden partition when you start your PC.
The hidden partition, however, takes up a lot of valuable hard drive space. Fortunately, Dell provides a way for you to create restore CDs. Once you create a restore CD/DVD, you can delete the hidden partitions and use the freed space.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- Writable CDs or DVDs
Click the "Start" button and then "All Programs." Scroll to the "Dell DataSafe Local Backup 2.0" program folder and click the "Dell DataSafe Local Backup 2.0" program link.
Click the "Create your Recovery Discs" option when the new window appears, then click the "Next" button.
Insert a blank CD or DVD in the optical drive on your Dell PC. If you use blank CDs, you will need multiple CDs to create the restore discs.
Follow the on-screen prompts for creating the restore CD/DVD discs. Wait for the utility to create the first disc, then insert additional discs if prompted and continue to click the "Next" button.
Press the "Finish" button after the utility notifies you that disc creation is complete.
Delete the hidden restore partition on the Dell computer if you want to free up hard drive space (see Resources).
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