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What Is the PBR Image Drive?

FAQs Jackson Bowman July 18, 2022

Generally, PBR stands for Partition Boot Record and it’s the first block of any bootable partition, and the PBR Image drive (no drive letter) is formatted with NTFS file system and contains the recovery image (PBR Image) in Dell computer. You could use PBR image to restore system in case of system or hardware failure.

What is a PBR image?

PBR image refers to Partition Boot Record that’s often included in Dell computer. It is the first block of the bootable partition. When opening the Disk Management, you will find the PBR image drive is formatted with an NTFS file system and has no drive letter.

Can I delete Winretools partition?

In the main interface, select the WINRETOOLS partition from the disk map and click on Delete Partition.

What is the image partition?

A partition image includes all files and folders (including hidden and system files), boot record, and FAT (file allocation table). It also includes files in the root directory and the zero track of the hard disk with the master boot record (MBR).

How do you use PBR images?

What is SoftThinks agent service?

SoftThinks Agent Service is a backup utility of Dell Inc, which has been integrated in many Dell laptops and computers. The main feature of the service is to back up current files, programs and system when Windows OS is damaged.

Why do I have 2 recovery partitions?

Why do I have multiple recovery partitions? According to a survey, the issue often occurs after a couple of Windows upgrades or in-place repairs. If the previous recovery partition doesn’t have enough space for the upgrade, then Windows will create an extra recovery partition with several hundred MBs disk space.

Is recovery partition necessary?

Yes, It’s good to keep it, Recovery partition is a small partition on your hard drive that can help you restore your Windows or troubleshoot system issues. There are two kinds of recovery partitions you may see in Windows 10/8/7.

What is the healthy recovery partition?

Recovery Partition is a special partition on the hard drive used to restore the system in the event of problem. Recovery Partition drive can be seen in Windows Explorer as a usable drive, you should not attempt to store files in it.

Why does my hard drive have so many partitions?

You likely have been creating a recovery partition every time you installed 10. If you want to clear them all, backup your files, delete all partitions off the drive, create a new one, install Windows on that. Yes, it was pre-built with Windows 8, in which I upgraded to 8.1, and then multiple builds of Windows 10.

Why does my laptop have 4 partitions?

The answer to why you have four partitions is: The EFI partition is used to store files used by UEFI. Recovery and restore are used to hold system files needed when performing for example a factory reset. The C: partition is your (and the operating systems) primary partition used for storage.

How do I access my recovery partition files?

On the main window, click the recovery partition and select Unhide under the left Partition Operations panel, or right click the recovery partition, select Advanced>Unhide at the drop-down menu. Step 2: At the next window, click OK to continue.

References:

  1. https://www.minitool.com/partition-disk/pbr-image.html
  2. https://www.partitionwizard.com/disk-recovery/winretools.html
  3. https://kb.acronis.com/content/13474
  4. https://www.diskpart.com/windows-10/pbr-image-windows-10-5740.html
  5. https://www.minitool.com/lib/softthinks-agent-service.html
  6. https://www.partitionwizard.com/resizepartition/multiple-recovery-partitions.html
  7. https://www.quora.com/Do-I-need-a-recovery-partition-in-Windows-10
  8. https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/all/4-healthy-recovery-partition-partitions/167390ba-c363-45c5-9999-944cf8266e51
  9. https://forums.tomshardware.com/threads/why-do-i-have-so-many-recovery-partitions.2600870/
  10. https://superuser.com/questions/1359448/why-do-i-have-4-partitions
  11. https://www.diskpart.com/articles/unhide-recovery-partition-5740.html

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