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Hidden partition

December 18, 2005 at 08:14:43
Specs: XP HOME, Celeron M/512

I have purchased a new laptop and have discovered through the admin tools there is a partition on the C: which is FAT 32 using some 4 gig of space. This does not appear on explorer or my computer.

Is there a way of showing this and deleting the files so I can have use of the space.


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#1
December 18, 2005 at 08:21:06

In Windows Explorer or Control Panel,
click Tools in the Menu bar,
click Folder Options,
click View tab,
in Advanced Settings list, find and check mark "Shown hidden files and folders".

That partition may be used to restore the computer to factory condition with any Recovery CD that IBM may have included with the computer.


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#2
December 18, 2005 at 08:31:02

Also to say-
I would not delete it.
My Compaq computer has a FAT 32 partition, and it is used by a Recovery CD to restore computer to factory new condition.

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#3
December 18, 2005 at 08:48:30

Another FYI: All computers (desktops & laptops) sold by OEM manufacturers (Sony, IBM, HP, Packard Bell, Compaq, Dell, and others) substitute the hidden partition for Windows XP CD. If you delete the hidden partition, you will have nothing to fall back on except fork out anywhere from $200USD to $300USD for retail Windows XP CD that oftentime don't work well on proprietary machines.

i_XpUser


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#4
December 18, 2005 at 10:05:01

Pretty much the true statement, that

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#5
December 18, 2005 at 17:08:11

Apart from the obvious, what happens if the hdd bombs out and the hidden partition cannot be accessed? Is the owner then expected to cough up for a cd based version of XP in order to re-install it on the replacement hdd?

Is there a satisfactory method of burning the contents of the hidden partition to cd?


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#6
December 18, 2005 at 20:02:16

Maybe the partition is manufacture system recovery partition, you'd better keep it.

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#7
December 18, 2005 at 23:37:00

In response to Valerie's question (for reference to later readers). AFAIK there is an option in the restore program to burn the setup files to a bootable CD. However my experience in this field only covers Compaqs.
This is normally written clearly in the user manual, a publication hardly ever read by the user of a new computer.

Nigel


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#8
December 19, 2005 at 03:55:30

This is normally written clearly in the user manual, a publication hardly ever read by the user of a new computer.

Ditto :-)

i_XpUser


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#9
December 19, 2005 at 10:30:15

Thanks to everyone. I have now done some homework following the above and discovered that this is indeed the recovery area but I have been able to make a CD of XP Home thanks to the store who supplied my laptop as the license is attached to the bottom of the laptop and this allows you a single copy backup. Valerie's comment is quite right, if the actual hard disc dies you have lost XP.

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