delete hidden parition Lenovo laptop

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  1. 257220

    257220 MDL Novice

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    #1 257220, Jun 4, 2009
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    im in the process of upgrading to vista 32-bit ultimate edition - a Lenovo T61 laptop with SATA hard drive - original OS vista home, comes with 120GB HDD
    but only showing 110 GB. there is the hidden partition for the disk recovery. now, i wanted this disk recovery partition deleted to have more room for important
    video editing files.

    how can i delete that hidden partition containing the disk recovery?

    i have purchased the Recovery CD media for the laptop - so i dont need the hidden partition.

    in the process i wiped out the existing partition (not the hidden recovery partition) and installed vista 32 ultimate and it goes on without a problem. i then installed
    the INF chipset utility downloaded from Lenovo website, then installed some downloaded device drivers - and all in perfect shape smoothly running.

    now i decided to delete that hidden partition containing the disk recovery - i have the Recovery CD media just in case???.

    i tried this one posted in my digital life website and no luck...

    http://www.mydigitallife.net/2006/03/12/disable-and-remove-thinkpad-hidden-service-partition/

    i also tried this disable hidden partion from the BIOS and no luck

    http://www.mydigitallife.net/2006/03/12/disable-and-remove-thinkpad-hidden-service-partition/

    the BIOS do not show any IBM PREDESKTOP AREA.

    TIA
     
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  3. 2centsworth

    2centsworth MDL Senior Member

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    120GB drive would appear as about 111GB in your case.

    to blow away the restore partitons (the recovery boot and image partitions), you can use windows drive manager or another way is to use a wipe utility like killdisc if you have partitons that cannot be removed in windows....also choosing to delete all partitions during xp or vista setup will work too...and any recovery disc should have option to delete all partitions.

    (stolen shamelessly from wiki)
    Since the early 2000s most consumer hard drive capacities are grouped in certain size classes measured in gigabytes. The exact capacity of a given drive is usually some number above or below the class designation. Although most manufacturers of hard disk drives and flash-memory disk devices define 1 gigabyte as 1000000000bytes, the computer operating systems used by most users usually calculate size in gigabytes by dividing the total capacity in bytes (whether it is disk capacity, file size, or system RAM) by 1073741824. This distinction can be a cause of confusion, as a hard disk with a manufacturer-rated capacity of 400 gigabytes may be reported by the operating system as only 372 GB large, depending on the type of report.