[Solved] Dell Recovery Partition Missing Windows 7!

Dell recovery partition missing Windows 7! Learn how to recover Dell recovery partitions using partition recovery software on this page.


By Penny / Updated on April 24, 2022

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How do I restore my Dell recovery partition?


Hello! My laptop had the factory image of Windows XP Home Edition loaded with the Dell OEM. I upgraded my PC to Windows 7 and want to recover the laptop from the factory condition. I tried everything from pressing F11 to all the similar things. And I believe the recovery partition was gone because I installed Ubuntu, and later a clean install of Windows XP. Is there any way to recover the Dell recovery partition? Thanks.

The Dell recovery partition missing! Are you sure? Have you ever found yourself in the situation described above? There’s no other way than viewing the recovery partition using Disk Management. It’s invisible to view the recovery partition via Windows File Explorer because there’s no letter drive for the recovery partition.

To some degree, it is a hidden partition in Windows 7. That is one of the reasons why it is difficult for users to modify the recovery partition. Moreover, you could re-examine whether your Dell recovery partition is gone or not with Disk Management.

If you are unaware of the Dell recovery partition, you could have a closer look at it before attempting to recover it.

Dell recovery partition

The recovery partition refers to the section on OEM computer hard drives. When you meet Windows OS problems, you can use it to restore the system to factory settings.

Besides the recovery partition that comes with Windows, most computer manufacturers have found their way to protect system settings, device drivers, and vital data by creating another recovery partition.

And this also applies to Dell. The Dell Backup and Recovery Manager application sets the size in Windows Vista to 10GB when installed from the factory. In Windows 7, DBRM makes the size a minimum of 7.5 GB.

Nevertheless, the Dell recovery partition missing has become commonplace among users. Especially for those users who have accidentally deleted the recovery partition while managing your partitions/disks.

How to recover Dell recovery partition?

Both accidental and intentional deletion could cause the Dell recovery partition missing Windows 7. Are you wondering is it recoverable? Technological advancements have raised the potential of recovering the Dell recovery partition. Please scroll down.  

Use professional partition recovery software

Supported by AOMEI Teach, AOMEI Partition Recovery Wizard could be the best-fit partition recovery software. Versatility, security, and user-friendliness cater to the needs of customers. It is retrievable to recover Dell recovery partition before data overwriting.

As a built-in function of AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional, this distinguished partition recovery tool could guide everyone to recover the deleted/lost partitions from HDD/SSD/USB/SD card in Windows 11, 10, 8.1, 8, 7, Vista, XP (32/64-bit) with an intuitive, simple user-interface.

You can perform NTFS, FAT, and Ext2/Ext3/Ext4 partition recovery because it supports the partition recovery for the above file systems. This multifunction disk manager also renders several ways to manage disk space by creating, merging, splitting, and resizing partitions.

If you’re keen to try its powerful functions, you can download its demo version first. And you could recover Dell recovery partition in four simple steps before data coverage.

Download Demo Win 11/10/8.1/8/7/XP
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Step 1. Install and launch it on the computer. Select the “Partition Recovery Wizard” option and select the disk that includes your missing Dell recovery partition. Then click the “Next” button.


Step 2. There’re two search methods for you: “Fast Search” or “Full Search”. You can start with the “Fast Search” to find your missing Dell recovery partition quickly. If it fails, select the “Full Search”. Then click “Next”.


Step 3. The window will list all the deleted/lost partitions after searching, you can select your missing Dell recovery partition. Then click the “Proceed” button.


Step 4. After the recovery process, you’ll receive the “Congratulations” message. Click the “Finish” button to exit this window. Open your Disk Management to check whether your missing Dell recovery partition is restored or not.

Bonus Tips for partition recovery

How do I recover a deleted boot partition?

Some of you might complain, this solution doesn’t work for me because I even cannot boot the computer. So is it possible for me to restore the deleted boot partition? If it is recoverable, how to retrieve it?

As you said, the urgent need for the unbootable computer is to fix the issue of the deleted partition now won’t boot. With bootable media, you can boot your PC. Then you can recover the boot partition following the above steps.

Thankfully, AOMEI Partition Assistant is also suitable to make bootable media. You’d better use a free USB flash drive or create backups in advance because making bootable media needs to format all the data saved on the USB flash drive.

How can I avoid partition loss Windows 10?

If you’ve developed the good habit of creating and updating system backups using Windows System Restore or System image, you can restore your needed partition within clicks. If not, it could be problematic for you to recover your missing partitions. In this case, you could tweak your thoughts and consider this leading backup software-AOMEI Backupper.

This software enables you to make accustomed backups like “Disk Backup,” “Partition Backup,” and “System Backup.” And free WinfrGUI is another option for recovering the deleted/lost files.

Penny · Editor
Penny works as an editor at AOMEI Technology, while she's a tester and editor for AOMEI Data Recovery Tools. She enjoys helping users with data recovery issues on Windows and iPhones using simple and practical solutions. Outside of work, she has a strong affection for pets, particularly giant pandas.