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Partition Removal

2008-01-10, 23:14 PM

I’m thinking of ordering a T61 /w XP Pro. 

My question is how can I remove the recovery partition in the T61?  I also have a fresh XP Pro disk that I can use.


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Re: Partition Removal

2008-01-10, 23:19 PM
Wait till you have the machine.Then make a set of recovery disks from that recovery partition, after which you can format the whole hard disk and install what YOU like.
That way you can restore the TP to its original state later on, at any time.
BUT, if you order it with Vista Business, you should automatically also receive a downgrade set of XP Pro disks.

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Re: Partition Removal

2008-01-12, 8:05 AM
I had to format my partition with a special utility online and was also able to do the same in Linux.... Windows couldn't read the recovery partition - but Linux can!
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Re: Partition Removal

2008-01-13, 22:01 PM
Windows can't?  More like windows won't.  The recovery partition is just a FAT32 partition with the ID changed to 12.  Use Linux fdisk or some other utility to change it to C and windows will be able to read it.  I'm not sure if the ThinkVantage button will boot it with ID C.  Regardless, the advice to make the recovery media before fiddling with it is good.  Do it.

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Re: Partition Removal

2008-03-22, 13:57 PM
So out of curiosity, will the ThinkVantage button boot anything on a partion with the ID of 12?

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Re: Partition Removal

2008-03-23, 0:53 AM
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