December 21, 2007 8:28 pm

Dell: Hard disk partition option when ordered for new computers…

Filed under: Computers,Customer Service — ramsblog @ 8:28 pm

I had recently placed an order for an Inspiron 1720 with Dell. Back when I bought an Inspiron 8000 6 years ago, I was told they would not do the partition on new computers. So, I specifically enquired about the same this time, thinking if there was any change between then and now. The response I got was – No and they would still keep one single drive and no logical partitions. I literally wanted to have it partitioned when they build it so I need not to go over that rework once I receive it. Anyways, I just received it 3 days ago. Opened it up to configure it further. I noticed it was indeed partitioned with 30gig on a D: drive and the rest for C: (system drive) on a 250G m/c.

My question to Dell, why not give an option for at least one partition for the user and make it as appropriate. If they were going to make this partition for a smaller size, I would have requested for the size I wanted it to be. Now, I think I will need to start from the scratch for the size I want it to be and re-install all the programs it came with. Rep did mention about the package having CDs for all the programs they have the m/c installed with. so, I should be able to re-do it.  But it is a redundant task to scratch and re-do it.

On the other hand, DELL could rather ship a raw machine for users to install as they want it to be providing a bootable disc.

I am kind of unhappy about this re-inventing a wheel situation. Anyways, I will if I can find somebody who wants to build install operating systems from scratch 🙂




  1. i have a similar problem. My is only one partition. and i need to install Linux fedora. i was surprise to realize that i can’t resize the C: in order to create a new partion for linux. i tried gparted, ERREUR RESIZING…

    i ‘ll be pleased to received any help.

    Comment by lemanio — January 18, 2008 3:46 pm @ 3:46 pm | Reply

  2. @lemanio: I think you will have to start all over. what OS do you currently have installed? you will have to make sure to backup your data before reformatting the system. You should be able to format logical partitions while re-installing the OS.

    Comment by ramsblog — January 18, 2008 5:57 pm @ 5:57 pm | Reply

  3. sir
    i can’t able to format
    dell system vostro
    it is not accepting
    fdisk option

    Comment by pr.jaivelu — October 29, 2009 10:47 pm @ 10:47 pm | Reply

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