Quantcast

Maximum PC

It is currently Wed Sep 17, 2014 11:49 pm

All times are UTC - 8 hours




Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 4 posts ] 
Author Message
 Post subject: Oh Dell~ (And maybe other OEMs)
PostPosted: Mon Sep 17, 2012 8:17 am 
Smithfield
Smithfield

Joined: Sun Jun 18, 2006 7:37 pm
Posts: 5247
Over the weekend I had the pleasure of breaking into my laptop, a Dell XPS 15z, to swap the HDD for an SSD (and to see if I could replace the thermal goop with AC5 to see if it'd make a difference). And then I ran into one hitch that made me scratch my head.

Normally when one installs Windows 7 on a blank drive, Windows will create a 100MB partition to store the bootloader. On the hard drive in my laptop, there were two other partitions. A 100MB one labeled as an "OEM Partition" and one 20GB one for recovery. Without really checking, I copied the 100MB OEM one and the Windows partition. The SSD wouldn't boot into Windows. And then I found that the actual bootloader is on the recovery partition. The OEM partition just houses a basic DOS prompt (probably with some basic recovery tools). So does this mean I have to now keep 20GB of something I won't use just so I can boot into Windows?

After some searching, I found out nope. With a little command line magic, you can create a bootloader partition. So I wiped the SSD, made a 100MB partition, then copied the Windows partition over and used diskpart to both make the 100MB partition the bootloader partition, and have it boot up Windows. Then plugged the SSD back in and... Hey! It boots just fine.

I'm starting to enjoy the wonders of those hidden utilities in the command line. Like at work, I found out how to configure my network card without having to actually log in as the local admin (because Windows XP is stupid like that).


Top
  Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Oh Dell~ (And maybe other OEMs)
PostPosted: Tue Sep 18, 2012 9:38 am 
Clawhammer
Clawhammer
User avatar

Joined: Fri Sep 23, 2005 6:22 pm
Posts: 4406
Location: In the closet
Good move. I always have to remind myself when working with OEM machines is that they were set up to the lowest consumer denominator. Very little, if any, thought it given to logic, just mindless dumping of rescue, recovery, boot and duplicate folders/files into hidden partitions is the norm for the OEM'orons.

What SSD? How big? Any Win8 partition?


Top
  Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Oh Dell~ (And maybe other OEMs)
PostPosted: Tue Sep 18, 2012 8:21 pm 
Smithfield
Smithfield

Joined: Sun Jun 18, 2006 7:37 pm
Posts: 5247
I put in a Samsung 830 Series 128GB SSD. When you could buy it for $90. The fun part is, it loaded Windows faster than the loading animation finished.


Top
  Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Oh Dell~ (And maybe other OEMs)
PostPosted: Wed Sep 19, 2012 4:49 am 
Clawhammer
Clawhammer
User avatar

Joined: Fri Sep 23, 2005 6:22 pm
Posts: 4406
Location: In the closet
No surprise, that NAND is the best in all the land.


Top
  Profile  
 
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 4 posts ] 

All times are UTC - 8 hours


Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 2 guests


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot post attachments in this forum

Search for:
Jump to:  
Powered by phpBB © 2000, 2002, 2005, 2007 phpBB Group