I've just taken delivery of new desktops (HPs) for a school Win 2008R2 network - with currently XP clients.
The desktops came with Win7 Professional installed (for future use) and alongside the standard partitions there is one called Recovery.
Whenever you get new desktops - and they happen to have a recovery partition - do you wipe the entire HDD & re-install Windows or whatever & just run with a single partition? It will be connected via domain anyway so I don't see the point of having partitions on the actual HDD?
speckytecky (22nd August 2012)
The recovery partition is purely there if you want to restore the PC back to the manufactures default install of Windows.
We completely blank every desktop that comes in and put on our own OS image (Windows 7 at the moment) on it and in the process destroy the recovery partition as it is of no use for us.
Hell, I don't even look at what the machine has on it out of the box... It just gets flattened as soon as it's plugged in. Same with my home machines. I just check i can get the drivers for the chosen OS, stick the disk in and flatten it. I've paid for an XXXGb hard drive, i'm not being cheated out out 6Gb of it because the manufacturer is too cheap to give me DVD.
Full wipe and image here. No point in a recovery partition, as it doesn't do anything for us.
Same as above. I wipe the drive clean as soon as the computer is out of its box. If you want to install Windows in UEFI mode or setup BitLocker, you have to anyway because these both require additional partitions of their own. The manufacturers recovery partition only gets in the way.
Most recovery and diagnostic tools can also be booted over the network via PXE.
Same here - We do not keep any recovery partitions on the desktops - on the VAIO Laptops however - WE DO!
Flatten the HDDs here, straight away we image with FOG and windows 7.
Flatten and reimage with my own image. Laptops I put a clonezilla partition in with the image file so it can be recovered offsite if needed.
We use Acronis Secure Zone here for laptops.
We nuke ours during the SCCM partition phase
we do the standard reimage as well.
I would consider using the manufacturers base image (Lenovo even provide an administration tool) - if you pay for windows on a pc there is no point paying twice.
Waste it, the vendor stuff is junk anyway. At most pull the drivers out of there if they are not avalible (in newer versions) on the vendor site anyway.
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