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Old April 10th, 2009, 04:52 PM
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The Windows CD recovery disk Dell gave you interacts with a hidden partition on your damaged drive.
The actual Windows install files are on the hidden partition. A partition is like a piece of pie. Think of
your hard drive like a whole pie. You can slice it up into pieces (partitions) and all those pieces [together]
make up the full size of capacity of the drive. The hidden partition Windows files can not be copied anywhere.
If your drive is dead your Windows is dead with it.

What model is your Dell computer?
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