PRESARIO_RP - Convert to NTFS?

I have a Compaq Presario C306US.  Is it safe to convert the recovery partition (Presario_RP) to NTFS?
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jackmcbarnAsked:
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itcs-cssCommented:
No.

The recovery partitions are put there by the manufacturer in case of serious failure.  I would NOT mess with it in any way... unless you are willing to accept the responsibility that the HP recovery procedure will not work for you in the future.    Most of these partitions are very small and have no legit function outside of their designed purpose.

Leave it alone!
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jackmcbarnAuthor Commented:
1) I have the recovery disks.
2) MBSA complains because I have a FAT32 partition.
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itcs-cssCommented:
MBSA?  Could you expand that acronym?
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Sylpheed777Commented:
best don't covert it like that. if you really wanna switch from FAT32 to NFTS, best is backup all data, format into NTFS then reinstall. I'm not sure if cloning might work though
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jackmcbarnAuthor Commented:
>MBSA?  Could you expand that acronym?
Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer

>best don't covert it like that. if you really wanna switch from FAT32 to NFTS, best is backup all data, format >into NTFS then reinstall. I'm not sure if cloning might work though

Will I still be able to use the recovery partition once I make it NTFS?  That's my question.
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pgm554Commented:
That partition is hidden and FAT  for a reason.

I would say that if you do a convert,you can kiss that recovery part goodbye.

If HP wanted it NTFS,they would have set it up as NTFS.
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Sylpheed777Commented:
unfortunately i don't have experience in the recovery partition thing, but wild guessing i'd say Assume no is the safest.
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jackmcbarnAuthor Commented:
>That partition is hidden and FAT  for a reason.
1. It's FAT32
2. It's not hidden
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pgm554Commented:
Just because  I used shorthand for fat32 doesn't mean i don't know what i'm talking about.
It is hidden.
Yeah ,you can see it with fdisk or whatever,but all diag partitions,generally speaking,are hidden.
Does it have a drive letter assigned?
Can you make it bootable?
If not then it's hidden
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jackmcbarnAuthor Commented:
>Does it have a drive letter assigned?
Yes, D:\

>Can you make it bootable?
I think so.
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pgm554Commented:
If you can boot to it,then NTFS might work.
The last couple of HP I bought are dogs and I don't work with them much anymore.
The AMD  stuff is just terrible.
I can't sp2 the thing and HP want's 50 bucks for me to talk to Bangalore.
So I would be careful,they tend to just say restore from the diag part if things screw up.
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jackmcbarnAuthor Commented:
>>Can you make it bootable?
>I think so.

Clarifying, I mean the computer boots into the presario_rp partition when I do system recovery.  I've done it 3 times before.
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pgm554Commented:
That's a BIOS thing,which is why I hesitate to reccommend you change to ntfs.
If you were to set that partition active and bootable though diskmanager,would it boot?
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jackmcbarnAuthor Commented:
Hmmmmm... I'll try it soon.  If it works, I'll give points to pgm554 (04.04.2007 at 11:56AM EDT post).
If it doesn't, I'll give points to itcs-css (04.02.2007 at 05:54PM EDT post)
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itcs-cssCommented:
Sorry to take so long getting back...MBSA is ALWAYS going to complain about FAT32 because it is INSECURE.  MBSA wants everything NTFS so that file and folder permissions can be enforced.

I have run MBSA on many many different systems, the results are GUIDELINES not hard and fast rules (and in my opionion not every recommendation is even a good one).  I would not convert this partition to satisfy MBSA.  As long as your not storing data in the recovery partition the fact that it is FAT32 is irrelevent.

Leave it be...something about sleeping dogs (blah, blah, blah).
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jackmcbarnAuthor Commented:
>Leave it be...something about sleeping dogs (blah, blah, blah).
"Let sleeping dogs lie."

I'm going to convert.  Worst case, I'll make it over from the recovery DVDs I have.
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jackmcbarnAuthor Commented:
It won't even convert.  Points go to itcs-css.
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