I was just wondering if anyone had any luck recreating the dell diagnostics partition on a blank hard drive. I have looked around here on appdeploy and read through some articles in the Kace knowledgebase, but have not found a way to recreate it. I am able to “save” the partition when reimaging it if exists, and I can recreate the blank partition using disk part, but I am unable to make it functional.

My disk part script does something close to :

select disk 0
clean
create partition primary id=DE size=78
select partition 1
format fs=fat quick


I then created a preinstallation task to xcopy all of the files back onto the partition. I also tired assigning it a letter and creating a kimage of it. Either way it appears to have the files it needs on it but the bios doesn’t recognize it as a diagnostics partition. If you attempt to run the on board diagnostics it says the diagnostics partition is not found. If I use the dell utility to recreate the partition it is able to install the files on the partition I created with disk part. If I use the dell utility it works great, the only problem is I haven’t found a way to automate it.

I realize the diagnostics it provides aren’t the best, but it is nice to have them built in. Nearly all of our systems are laptops and our helpdesk likes to use them to trouble shoot remote systems. It gives them a nice starting point.

Anyone have any ideas of what I should try? Thanks in advance.
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If the Dell utility can run in Windows (or even if it requires a reboot to do something before Windows boots), this most likely could be setup as a post installation task using AutoIT. Basically, you would create an AutoIT script that would run through all of the Dell utility screens to automate the task.

If that's not feasible based on where or how the app runs, the other possibility would be to check the utility's documentation to see if there may be some way to get it to run silent, either by way of switches or an answer (config) file.

John
Answered 03/20/2012 by: jverbosk
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Step 1 Find another dell laptop same model
Step 2 in the same computer open diskpart by
1. cmd (run as administrator)
2 >>diskpart
3 >>list disk
4>>select disk * (write your no 0,1,...)
5 >>list partition
6>>select partition * (write no of type oem partition )
7>>set id=06
8 open explorer and copy the content of the new drive to any folder
9 >>set id=DE
This finishes your work with the other dell computer. you have got a folder with diagnostic content.
step 3 create a FAT partition in the new drive (you can easily google it . Also listed above)
step 4 Copy the contents of folder created in step 2 to the new drive that we have created.
step 5 change the type of this drive to DE.

Hope this helps

abhishek
(write your no 0,1,...)
(write your no 0,1,...)

Answered 06/26/2014 by: jainaabhisheks
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Step 1 find dell computer with dell diagnostic partition( this is required for copying data of that partition.

step 2 copy data by changing the partition type to 06 and than again resetting to DE . At type 06 you can copy it from windows explorer.

step 3 create a fat partition and copy the content in it. finally change its type to de

Hope this helps.

abhishek

Answered 06/26/2014 by: jainaabhisheks
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jk

Step 1 find dell computer with dell diagnostic partition( this is required for copying data of that partition.

step 2 copy data by changing the partition type to 06 and than again resetting to DE . At type 06 you can copy it from windows explorer.

step 3 create a fat partition and copy the content in it. finally change its type to de

Hope this helps.

abhishek

- See more at: http://www.itninja.com/question/recreating-dell-diagnostics-partition#sthash.BThegyIq.dpuf
Answered 06/26/2014 by: jainaabhisheks
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