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aurgathor

join:2002-12-01
Lynnwood, WA
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Re: [rant] HDD is not valid

This is a small form factor PC that has 3 bays total (1x 5.25", 1x 3.5" floppy, and 1x 3.5" HDD) and 4 (!!) power connectors total (1x mobo, 2x SATA, 1x floppy). It actually works fine with just the SSD in the floppy bay, but 120 Gig is a little short of what I need.

BIOS is the latest (A22), SMART reporting is enabled.

Yeah, I definitely don't have the Dell recovery partition -- but I still have the HDD that was in there -- maybe I can try to recover it from there.

Looking at Dell's driver download, there are quite a few BIOSes are available there but they don't have any change list for them. Also, I don't see anything there that would allow me to re-create their HDD setup.

I got it used for a 'can't refuse' price.
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BlitzenZeus
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It's not so much the recovery partition, but their bios likely is looking for a special set of partitions which hold it's diagnostics.

Did you buy that splitter? Is there room to cram the old hdd in? Maybe you can do that, and just set the booting drive.
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I distrust those people who know so well what god wants them to do because I notice it always coincides with their own desires- Susan B. Anthony
Yesterday we obeyed kings, and bent our necks before emperors. But today we kneel only to the truth- Kahlil G.



aurgathor

join:2002-12-01
Lynnwood, WA
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Since it's a SFF machine, putting the old HD back while the new one and the SSD is still there is likely to be either very difficult, or nigh impossible without creating my own mounting hardware.

I think creating/copying the needed partitions is probably the best option to resolve this.
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BlitzenZeus
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This is from a newer Dell machine I worked on with a gpt partition for uefi, but I'm actually scared to resize their os drive to add a data partiton as it's not at the end of the drive, they stuck more proprietary crap after the os partition so it would change their order. Note not all the partitions shows up in windows either, and this was taken from a nix live cd.
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I distrust those people who know so well what god wants them to do because I notice it always coincides with their own desires- Susan B. Anthony
Yesterday we obeyed kings, and bent our necks before emperors. But today we kneel only to the truth- Kahlil G.