Delete hidden Dell Diagnostic partition

Discussion in 'Acronis True Image Product Line' started by leoliver, Jul 28, 2007.

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  1. leoliver

    leoliver Registered Member

    Nov 25, 2006
    Hi Everyone,

    Does anyone know a good and safe way to delete a Dell Diagnostic partition,
    that is hidden and about 32 mb in - size. It came on my Dell Dimension 4550, and I believe it is for booting into a diagnostic mode, at system start up.
    However, it no longer works and I believe it could cause problems if I had to restore a TI 10 disk image.
  2. pvsurfer

    pvsurfer Registered Member

    Sep 1, 2004
    California - USA
    I used Acronis Disk Director Suite to do exactly that and then merged the free disk space that was gained into my C-partition. DSS 10 is very powerful and handy software to own, but if you wish you can download a trial copy (which should do the job). ;)
  3. Acronis Support

    Acronis Support Acronis Support Staff

    Apr 28, 2004
    Hello leoliver,

    Thank you for choosing Acronis Disk Backup Software.

    Please be aware that trial version of Acronis Disk Director Suite 10.0 does not have an option to merge or resize partitions. However, you can reach the desired result by erasing the hard drive, restoring only the system partition, and then fixing the mbr using Windows installation disk, or the method described in Acronis Help Post.

    You can find the detailed instructions on how to use Acronis True Image 10.0 Home in the respective User's Guide.

    Thank you.
    Marat Setdikov
  4. Brian K

    Brian K Imaging Specialist

    Jan 28, 2005
    NSW, Australia

    Leave it alone. It won't cause any problems. You are likely to induce boot problems if you delete the partition and don't edit boot.ini.
  5. danieleb

    danieleb Registered Member

    Dec 11, 2006
    I agree. I have made numerous backup/restore of my disk, I have a Dell with a Diagnostic partition, and it has never caused any problems.
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