Inside the Dell PC Restore Partition
An Exploration by Dan Goodell
Manually Repairing Dell's DSR Function
If you prefer to make selected repairs manually, the following sections will show
you what is involved. Use Dsrfix as illustrated earlier
to get an idea what needs to be fixed. Then follow the appropriate sections below.
These instructions make use of the following utilities, though you may
use any suitable alternatives if you prefer. I've chosen to illustrate
with these particular tools because they are free and available to anyone.
The following procedures involve directly altering sectors on
your hard disk. Improper changes can render all data on your hard disk
inaccessible. Have current backups of your data, make sure you know what
you are doing, work carefully, and proceed at your own risk!
Restoring Dell's MBR boot code
Fixing PBR descriptor Alerts
Fixing PBR label Alerts
Refreshing the reference partition table