Vista as other OS have a limitation on partitions, for Vista is 4, so you cant add another one. The easiest solution is you to backup your recovery partition and then delete it. You can use "Ghost" or other similar programs to copy that partition.
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Re: Dell Inspiron 1525 Partition
I don't recommend just partitioning with an active system.(only when you are reinstalling or installing your OS for the first time) The reason they have multiple partitions is for reinstall/recovery. You can right click on My Computer and click manage. Click disk managment to see more details about partitions. If it is an UNLETTERED partition leave it alone. I use partition magic (it's not free) There are free ones but you get what you pay for. Partitions are touchy with the possibliity you ruin your MBR and need to fdisk and reinstall windows. Be sure you know what you are doing.
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umm...restored from a backup? that usually does NOT include the o/s and the recovery partition was on original drive? seems you need a fresh format(high level) on that drive, o/s re install from a clean licensed copy, then do the restore.
Startup from the windows 7 disk as if you were going to reinstall.
Choose 'advanced' in the section where you sort out the disk to install to, and partition the unallocated space.
Then exit out, do not continue to the format and install stage.
Once you have restarted into your original windows, you can format the new partition as normal.
Having said that, 10gb is pretty small for an OS partition, 15 0r 20gigs would be better and you can swap some space from your new partition to the OS partition. There are plenty of tools you can use to do this with at www.download.com.
Maybe your inspiron 1525 battery need to clear all the Dummy File and cookies and virus. Then close all the neednot program. If this cant solve the problem, it must be the hardware problem. Send the laptop to dell customer to ask them repair it
Dell laptops usually have an iso partition on the hard drive that you access during boot. If so, when you see the blue bar at the top that says www.dell.com, press ctrl+F11 immediately. That should take you to the restore partition where you can re-install all the factory installed software like when it came from dell new. If you wait too long, you'll have to wait for boot and then restart and try again. You may have to do a cold boot (power off and on) If there is no blue bar when you first turn it on, then the iso partition is gone.
I think Partition Magic 8 screwed up the hard drive. I suggest, try a different hd, or if you don't have one, go to www.ebay.com and get like a 5 or 10GB hd and try that, cause if it works with a different hd, it proves that Partition Magic 8 screwed up the drive. Anything else, try a new IDE or SATA cable cause sometimes they go bad. try a different OS cd. Anything else I could say is bring it to a local computer store and see what they can do.