08-04-2009 11:02 AM
I have a laptop (just one drive-160GB) with windows XP , and an hidden recovery partition from the manufacturer, and another apparently useless partition(only 39 MB !!) of which I ignore the reason - a total of three partitions.
As I will change partitions soon by resizing the main one and splitting it, I would like to know if the recovery partition will be still useful, and if I will be able to recovery the original system. I mean I am wondering if the recovery partition can be used after the partition structure has been changed.
I know that an analogue case has been treated in post
but I am interested in starting the recovery from an hidden partition, that belong to the disk I want to recover, and I would like to know if there are any differences.
thank you, I am looking forward to your reply
08-04-2009 01:33 PM
I assume you have a Dell laptop. Which type? Do you have MediaDirect? Dell laptops with MediaDirect are a special problem, but only if you are upgrading to a larger HD. I see you will be using the same HD.
I like the 39 MB Diagnostic Partition and so do the Dell techs. Leave it unchanged. I gather you are going to resize the OS partition and create another partition. Don't use the Split function. Along with the Merge function in Partition magic, it is unreliable.
Your Recovery partition will no longer work after you have done this. It can be fixed but if you have Ghost it probably isn't necessary to have a Recovery partition.
08-06-2009 05:58 AM
08-06-2009 01:28 PM
It's not a Dell so forget everything I said.
I have an Asus 1000HE. Bought it 6 weeks ago and I love it. Strangely, mine came with four partitions. I had a data partition too. Win XP and the data partition were each around 80 GB.
The 39 MB partition is called ReadyBoost. It shaves about 5 seconds of the boot time. I found it a pain in the butt as it made it very difficult to access the boot menu and BIOS. WinXP would boot instead of showing the boot menu. I deleted the partition although you can disable BootBooster in the BIOS.
I don't know if your Recovery partition is still usable. That's another partition I deleted as I make my own backup images. You have a Recovery DVD which will return your HD to factory status so I wouldn't be concerned. If you don't have an external DVD drive you can just temporarily pull the DVD drive from your desktop and connect it to the netbook with a USB cable. $20.
I'm surprised how well the netbook functions. I have six OS on mine.