Reformat info for E1705

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  1. oskor

    oskor Notebook Enthusiast

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    lol, DOH! I'm in no real hurry. I'm going to be working right next to it until 5PM, so I got 2.5 hrs to watch the format bar go up a few times! :p
     
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    Also, what is partition magic? Will it allow me to format that 5gig space and add it to my windows partition without reformatting?
     
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    Yes, but I believe you have to pay for it...if you want to do it that way. From what I hear it is a great program. I don't have any personal experience with it.

    Yes, it will edit your partitions.
     
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    I'm just going to reformat and add the 5 gigs to the main partition.
     
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    Partition Magic is good, but only if you have a clean system and alot of space. Reason is because you can only create a partition from the last file to the end of that partition. If you ever need to edit your partitions in the future and don't want to reformat, I would suggest using that.
     
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    i have partition magic 8. it will let you create, delete, and edit partitions from within windows. you do not have to reformat afterwards, although you will have to reboot a couple times. oh, above poster is correct; it isn't free/shareware
     
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    The Unpartitioned space 8MB is not for MediaDirect. It was not created by Dell. It was created by Windows XP CD when the partitions were made :p
    It is created in order to allow Windows to convert basic disks into dynamic disk. More info on this here

    E:partition3 [FAT32] 4754MB <954MB Free> - this is the Dell PC Restore by Symantec. The Dell MediaDirect drivers is on it too. This hidden partition is booted using Dell MBR. Deleting this partition will affect 2 things:
    1. Ctrl and F11 to restore to factory setting
    2. MediaDirect button while notebook is off

    -: Partition1 [FAT] 47MB <39MB Free> - this is the Dell Utility Partition and it is booted using Dell BIOS (not by Dell MBR). It means, if you will delete the hidden partition for PC Restore by Symantec, the Dell Diagnostic Utility will still work and unaffected.

    If you will install PartitionMagic by Symantec, it will allow you to browse the partition1 but will not allow you browse the partition3 ;)
     

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