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demerson3
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T42 : saving the rescue/restore partition (backup)

Hi all,

I've just purchased my first thinkpad, a refurbished T42. (yay!) [plug: I might recommend the ebay seller, ibmfactoryoutlet ;]

I'd like to simply delete windows and install linux. However, it seems wise to be able to restore windows in case I decide to sell the T42 (unlikely! but hey...)

The "80 GB" drive has two FAT32 partitions:
hda1, 69.9 GiB "IBM_PRELOAD" [C:] (5 GB used)
hda2, 4.56 GiB "IBM_SERVICE" [D:] (mostly full)

Is there anything on the big partition that cannot be restored? Or should that IBM_SERVICE partition really contain absolutely everything I need to restore the hard drive to its present state?

I'm inclined to just wipe the big partition without backing it up, and let the small partition stay there (I may back up the small partition anyway, in case I need the space later on)

I'm just wondering if there's any reason why I ought to backup the big partition contents as well.


Thanks!
~David.

Message Edited by demerson3 on 12-06-2007 01:00 PM
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Re: T42 : saving the rescue/restore partition (backup)

Hi demerson3, welcome to the forum.
 
working from memory here, there should be an utility in start-programmes-access ibm called  create cd recovery media, or similar. This utility should create a set of recovery cds, (approx 6), which can be used to restore the hdd to factory state. Once you have these you can format the hdd as you want.
There is also, if I remember correctly, the possibility to protect the service partition in bios, (F1 on boot), in the security settings you can set the service partition, (pre-desktop-area), to secure in which case you can't delete it.
 
ps. the thread may have been better placed in the t-series board.
 
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Message Edited by andyP on 12-06-2007 10:02 PM

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Re: T42 : saving the rescue/restore partition (backup)

ah, thanks very much, the CDs are a great idea -- now I can just wipe the whole drive and get another 5 GB.

One note for others: I had to install the IBM Rescue & Recovery App, found in:
c:\ibmtools\apps\ibmrnr\ibmrnr.exe

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Glad to have been of help Smiley Happy
If you want to delete the service partition, I believe you need to set it to "disabled" in bios.
And do stick around, ask more questions - or answer some questions - I've no idea about Linux, but, one day .........
 
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Re: T42 : saving the rescue/restore partition (backup)

andyP said:

"snip.....If you want to delete the service partition, I believe you need to set it to "disabled" in bios.....snip"

Nope, that doesn't delete service partition.
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ryengineer wrote:
Nope, that doesn't delete service partition.

you are of course correct, I should have added that setting the service partition to disabled,  enables you to reclaim the space in windows

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