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Unknown Partition Explanation?

I am running a Dell Dimension 3100, Pentium 4, Win XP/SP3, 2GB Ram with 80 GB HDD. I plan on cloning this drive to a much bigger HDD, but there are 3 partitions on the 80GB according to disk management ;1) a healthy 30MB (EISA configuration) FAT, 2) a 71.36 GB healthy (System) with NTFS, and 3) a 3.1GB healthy (unknown partition) with FAT32. Can someone explain these? The unknown partition is weird. Can someone explain?
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  1. It could be a recovery partition put there when you bought the PC from dell.
  2. Use a disc editor such as DMDE to view secor 0. Examine the partition IDs. I expect that there may be a DE type.
  3. neieus said:
    It could be a recovery partition put there when you bought the PC from dell.


    fzabkar said:
    Use a disc editor such as DMDE to view secor 0. Examine the partition IDs. I expect that there may be a DE type.


    Where do I find DMDE and what is a DE type? Doe this mean its a recovery partition or something else? Thank you for your comments.
  4. Best answer
    http://dmde.com/

    "DE" is a Dell partition ID.
  5. fzabkar said:
    http://dmde.com/

    "DE" is a Dell partition ID.


    Used the DMDE software to examine the unknown partition. It made me a little nervous since this is a powerful tool. On the screen, when I had it check the Drive 0's 3GB partition, the words "Dell restore.." is viewed next to all the code on the far right.

    Since this computer was purchased used, I got no CD disks with Dell Recovery on them, so if anyone can tell me how its accessed for a future problem, I would appreciate. Thanks to all.
  6. I would assume you'd have access to it as a menu option during start up. However since the computer is used as long as you have a valid Windows disk you can just delete the unwanted partition and install windows as normal.
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