I am SO confused. I'll be receiving my E1505 on Monday and the first thing I am planning on doing is reformatting. Even after going through probably a dozen of these MediaDirect threads I still have no idea what the easiest and most efficient way of getting MediaDirect to work will be. Half the posts I see say I should use the Repair utility included in one of the CDs that will come with my notebook:
Originally Posted by sfhub
You want the media direct repair utility. You can't delete the media direct partition. You can't even see it. The drive has been told to not report that area, even to low level disk utilities.
and the other half say I have to use the Reinstallation CD from either an online ISO or from Dell:
Originally Posted by SILVACO
YES he does need to resintsall MD, its irrevalent whether MD is on the original drive or not ...if u format it.. its wiped out...its gone , yes this includes ALL partitions even the ones windows cant see. Third, if you use the reinstallation CD, you CANNOT install MD on an unallocated space of less than 1500mb!!
Also, when I have reformatted in the past I just delete all the partitions using the utility that comes up from the Windows XP CD...is that Partition Magic? Or is that a different program that I get somewhere else?
I'm not at all an expert on this stuff so if someone could just dumb this procedure down for us once and for all I would sincerely appreciate it