What is Dell recovery partition?
Dell recovery partition is a hidden partition shipped with the computer, which contains required files and information to restore Dell’s factory settings. It’s very useful when the computer goes down and also frees you up from the operating system’s CD or DVD.
Normally you can access it through a pre-installed Windows application or by pressing a specific key combination as the computer boots up.
Why copy Dell recovery partition?
Dell recovery partition is a convenient way to restore the factory default settings of your computer, but every approach has its failures sometimes. If you delete the recovery partition accidentally, or the computer suffers from a serious crash so that it can’t even boot, things get complicated. To avoid these situations, you can clone Dell recovery partition as a precaution.
Also, if you want to free up more space on your disk, it’s an effective solution to copy Dell recovery partition to USB or a new hard drive.
How to copy Dell recovery partition safely?
To copy Dell recovery partition in Windows 10/8/7, normally you can use the Windows built-in tool or a suitable third-party software. Here I compiled 3 simple methods for your reference.
Method 1. Create recovery drive with Windows built-in feature
Create a recovery drive is a built-in feature comes with Windows 10/8.1/7, which enables you to copy the recovery partition to a USB drive. To make use of it, you can try following steps:
Step 1. Search for Create a recovery drive in the search box beside the Start button, and open it from the search result.
Step 2. In the popping out window, check the option Back up system files to the recovery drive, and then hit Next.
Step 3. Insert a USB drive into your PC, select it and click Next.
Step 4. Click Create to start the process of copying the recovery partition to the connected USB drive.
The USB used as the recovery drive should be at least 16 gigabytes.
Above steps are based on Windows 10, you can read this guide to learn more about specific operations in different OS.
Recovery drive isn’t a system image. It doesn’t contain your personal files, settings, or programs.
Method 2. Clone Dell recovery partition with AOMEI Backupper
If the first method fails on your computer, or you want a more flexible way to copy Dell recovery partition, a powerful alternative becomes necessary.
It should be easy to use but have complete features to copy the recovery partition as you want, and better be free of charge just as the Windows built-in feature. Fortunately, there are third-party tools that can satisfy these conditions. AOMEI Backupper Standard, for example, is a freeware supports all Windows system, and can simply copy recovery partition to other partitions or another hard disk in the form of partition clone.
Now, let’s see how to clone Dell recovery partition:
Step 1. Download, install and launch AOMEI Backupper Standard. Select Partition Clone under Clone tab.
Step 2. Select Dell recovery partition as the source partition, and hit Next.
Step 3. Select a destination place to clone the source partition, then click Next to continue.
Step 4. In Operation Summary screen, you can do some advanced settings like Edit Partition, SSD Alignment, and Sector by sector clone. Then click Start Clone button to begin the process.
Step 5. When the operation is completed, click Finish.
After clone, the data on the destination place will be overwritten, so please backup your important files at first.
Edit Partition: specify partition size, drive letter, partition type, etc. It’s only available in AOMEI Backupper Professional or higher editions.
SSD Alignment: check this option to improve SSD’s performance if you clone partition to an SSD.
Sector by sector clone: copy all sectors to target disk or partition, no matter it is used or not. It will make partition editing unavailable.
In paid edition, you can perform a System Clone to make an exactly same copy of operating system as the original one.
Normally the cloned partition will keep exactly the same as it was. But in rare cases, it may have some changes on the destination. For example, if you clone a primary partition to a MBR disk which already has 3 primary partitions, the cloned one will be auto converted to a logical partition due to the maximum primary partitions limit of MBR.
In addition to data clone, you can also backup recovery partition or even the whole system for restoring computer and solving related problems when needed.
Method 3. Create bootable media using AOMEI Backupper
As an alternative to Create a recovery drive in Windows, you can also use AOMEI Backupper Standard to Create Bootable Media. Thus even if your system breaks down suddenly, you can use the media to restore it and make your computer work again.
Step 1. Click Tools in Home page. Choose Create Bootable Media in the drop-down list.
Step 2. Choose Windows PE - create bootable disc based on Windows PE from the 2 options, since it provides more flexible and convenience operations.
Step 3. There will be 2 options if your system is installed on a GPT disk. Choose the one you want and hit Next to continue.
Step 4. Now, choose a storage device as the bootable media. This media should be correctly connected to your computer otherwise you can’t select it. Then click Next to continue.
Step 5. When the process ends, click Finish to quit the wizard.
In Step 3, usually you are recommended to leave the selection as default – Create legacy bootable disk. But if you want to use the bootable media on multiple computers with different hardware configurations, you can select the second option for better compatibility.
To choose Burn to CD/DVD as the storage media, you must have a CD burning program at first, and insert the CD/DVD into the CD-ROM, otherwise this option is unavailable.
Your USB used as the bootable media will be formatted, so please note to backup its important files at first.
Cloning Dell recovery partition is not the only thing you can do with AOMEI Backupper Standard to prevent system failures. As mentioned earlier, the system backup feature also enables you to one-key back up the system partition along with boot partition, so as to bring the computer back to earlier date without erasing your personal data.
In addition to these, you can also clone partition or volume on a server operating system using AOMEI Backupper Server.