07-17-2010 11:17 AM
I restored my new dell inspiron 8600 hard drive with ghost 15. It was successful. but i think i messed up. The new drive is 80 gig but only shows the original 40 gig. Also it looks like i did not restore the Dell "utility" partition. Hope I said that right.
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07-17-2010 01:44 PM
What OS? If you are using Windows 7, you can resize the drive in disk management. I'm not sure if you need the Dell partition, Brian, Dave or Allen will probably come along and comment. As far as filling the new drive, you should have chose "Resize drive after recover(unallocated space only)". On a blank drive the option should have been available. If not click on the disk you are restoring to and Edit..
After you click Edit highlight the drive and click delete. This does not change the disk yet. It will change it when you start the recovery.
Now we have unacclocated space and the option to Resize is available..
07-17-2010 01:54 PM
That Dell dude is a pain in the butt. Why can't they (and other's) just install Windows on a standard partition like if you installed it yourself. I understand (not really) why they have a recovery partition (they should give the discs).
07-17-2010 02:06 PM
I have no idea what happened to the Dell Dude, maybe he switched to iMac?
I also don't know if they have a recovery partition, they have some kind of diagnostic partition but if I remember correctly it's pretty small and always wondered what it can diagnose.
07-17-2010 02:10 PM
the bios sees 80 gig
The choice is yours. If everything is working correctly and your OK without the diagnostic partition then you can use disk management to create another partition in the free space for your data.
Or you can use something like Partition Wizzard to expand your existing partiton. (free for home use)
Or you can restore the image agin into unpartitioned space and have Ghost expand it to the whole drive.
Or you can do the restore again and include the diagnostic partition.
07-17-2010 02:13 PM
I have an Inspiron 8600. It is still running well. Original battery after over 6 years.
If you don't know how to resize the partition I'd restore the image again. From the Ghost CD, delete the partition and follow redk9258's advice about "Resize drive after recover(unallocated space only)"
Don't worry about the Utility partition. You can run diagnostics from the Dell CD.