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Hard Drive and partition problem

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I have a compaq presario model 1255.  It was purchased supposedly with 4 gig hard drive space.  Only to discover that the hard drive was partitioned and most of the partitioned area of the partitioned drive was filled with files to aid in recovery of the system.  My question is 1) can I get rid of the partition safely? 2)  if not can I safely delete the files on the partitioned drive?
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by:chadv
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you should be able to safely remove everything.  those partitions are mainly for when you call tech support and they need to rebuild your system over the phone.  before you delete anything, make sure you have all the latest correct drivers or a back up cd.  then use something like partition magic to resize the main partition if you want a bigger main partittion.  good luck.
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by:simonet
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You cannot get rid of the partition safely.

I have a Compaq Presario 1200 and it has the same problem as the 1255.

The additional partition contains all the drivers, software, Windows installation files, etc that was bundled with the notebook. Since Compaq provides no CD for that, you'll loose everything if you delete these files.

Another thing: the quick reboot feature uses that partition to save data that is later uses to load the memory contents in order to boot a lot faster.

Alex
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mfilip earned 5 total points
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If you're talking about the small 8 or so MB Compaq diag partition, I've used delpart to delete that partition (and all other partitions) and start with a clean slate and partition it the way I wanted.  Delpart is a small dos based (DOS "gui") program that is fairly easily searchable for.
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