You are such a GOLDMINE
I was so frustrated with this issue but finally I found your instruction. Thanks so much man. You are a great resource for this tech community.
We spent several hours struggling with this and were about to use the above procedure when we realized that once the OS partition is wiped out, either formatted or deleted outright, the Dell BIOS will automatically boot the recovery partition and make the Dell recovery options accessible.
Dell should include a manual BIOS boot option for the recovery partition so users don't need to deal with all this fuss. The current Windows based recovery scheme to access the Dell recovery partition is fragile and rarely available when you need it most.
That didn't work on my Inspiron 5759. I keep getting an error:
Windows failed to start. status: 0xC000000f
The boot selection failed because a required device is inaccessible.
Good to know that there are ways other than using DataSafe Local Backup to restore from the install.wim
But what would be real nice is to be able to fix whatever is broken with the recovery partition so DataSafe can create a set of recovery discs.
That is like saying it would be nice to be able to backup your data AFTER it has already been deleted. If DataSafe is used as your backup solution, then you should be able to restore your system OR create recovery DVDs, but this requires that you be proactive in your system recovery.
A backup up of this backup, isn't necessarily a bad plan.