New Dell 5521 running Windows 7 ... does the RECOVERY partit

Hi Free-Spirit-NJ,

It is true that the Recovery Partition never changes. The function of the recovery Partition is to return the computer to factory shipped state.

As you've mentioned that you will use Norton Ghost to restore the computer. Deleting or making changes to the recovery partition will cause instability to the recovery partition and you may not be able to restore the computer to factory setting in the future. I would suggest you to create the Recovery Disc for future use.

Thanks and Regards,
Appu S