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HDD 'service area' (hidden partition) for Rescue&Recovery :: what format for XP on a T60 ?

Hello - I'm attempting to breathe new life into a pair of T60s [Both are 2006AY7] with new HDDs.


 {One ... i dropped ; the second ... caught a sophisticated virus , i think}.


During this (yet unsuccessful) process , i began by installing the OEM Recovery disk (5? CD set) , and then a distribution of XP , which enabled partitioning and formating (DiskPart?). I intend to install XP and apps on one partition , and data on another , perhaps linux elsewhere at a later date.


The Recovery diskset seemed to want the service partition (host protected area?) as the first 10GB . I accidently/desperately later then began to install the XP system there .


My present plan of attack is to use an external bay to partition/format the new HDD using the XP tools from another  (functional) system , then install the new HDD in the (temporarily) deceased T60 , after which i'll again use the factory Recovery disk set to see how/if it procedes.


What file system should i format the service/HPA partition with/to? The XP primary partition will , of course , be formatted for NTFS.


Thanks for your patience!


-Tom  m , fr ny....


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Re: HDD 'service area' (hidden partition) for Rescue&Recovery :: what format for XP on a T60 ?

The recovery disks will wipe out any partitioning that you do. (BTW, it isn't an HPA)


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