Inside the Dell PC Restore Partition

An Exploration by Dan Goodell
Manual Recovery from a DOS-Style DSR Partition - Step-by-Step

(Note: these screens show the Norton Ghost 2003 program. However, the Dell recover.exe program will look nearly identical to this.)



Step 01: Open the restore partition

Boot to DOS from the Dsrfix CD.

At the  A:>  prompt, enter the command: " ptedit " to launch the PowerQuest Partition Table Editor.

The row for the main XP partition will start with  07   80  in the first two columns. Change to  07  00 .

The row for the DSR partition will start with  DB   00  in the first two columns. Change to  0C   80 .

Do not change any other fields. You should have only one  80  in the  Boot  column.

Click the  Save Changes  button to save the changes.

REBOOT. (A reboot is required for the changes to be recognized.)
Step 02: Start recovery program

Boot to DOS from the Dsrfix CD.

At the  A:>  prompt, enter the command: " c: " to switch to the C: drive.

At the  C:>  prompt, enter the command: " cd  c:\img " to switch to the IMG directory.

At the  C:\IMG>  prompt, enter the command: " c:\bin\recover " to launch the Dell Recovery utility.

Click  OK  to skip the copyright screen.

From the menu, select  Local .
Step 03: Select task

Select  Partition  from the 'Action' flyout menu.

Select  From Image  from the 'Partition' flyout menu.
Step 04: Select image file

Select the  C:  [DellRestore]  local drive.

Select the  FI.GHO  file.

Click the  Open  button to continue.
Step 05: Select source partition

Highlight the  Primary  07  NTFS  partition.

Click the  OK  button to continue.
Step 06: Select destination drive

Select your main hard disk.

Click the  OK  button to continue.
Step 07: Select destination partition

Select your main XP partition.

Clue: this should always be a  Primary   07   NTFS  partition. If you have more than one partition like this, make sure you figure out and select the right one!

Click the  OK  button to continue.
Step 08: Ghost

You are now ready to delete the main XP partition on your hard disk and replace it with the image of the partition that is in the FI.GHO backup file.

Click the  Yes  button to continue.
Step 09: Ghost

The restore process will take some time.

When it finishes, exit from the program.
Step 10: Ptedit

Boot to DOS from the Dsrfix CD.

Execute the command: " ptedit " to launch the PowerQuest Partition Table Editor.

Undo the changes you made in Step 01.

The row for the main XP partition will start with  07   00  in the first two columns. Change back to  07   80 .

The row for the DSR partition will start with  0C   80  in the first two columns. Change back to  DB   00 .

Do not change any other fields. You should have only one  80  in the  Boot  column.

Click the  Save Changes  button to save the changes.
Finished.

The main XP partition should now be restored to its contents as it was when originally shipped.

Reboot and let the computer boot into XP.

author: Dan Goodell

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