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#1 JannEd

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Posted 12 June 2011 - 03:26 PM

First, Toshiba Satellite A105/S2101, running XP Home SP3. There are two partitions: the system partition and one with no drive letter but has 306MB. The info in the Computer Management program tells me this. My question is: How do I find out if it is a recovery partition or something else? How do I access it? THANKS!

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Posted 12 June 2011 - 03:59 PM

Original specs at http://reviews.cnet.com/laptops/toshiba-satellite-a105-s2101/1707-3121_7-31980628.html .

The small partition should be the boot partition and/or an administrativ partition, put in by most laptop manufacturers. There is no reason at all to ever access it as long as you have no problems with the system. The size indicates that it cannot be indicated for storage...306MB just isn't very useful in today's computing world. SP3 for XP is larger than that :).

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyId=5B33B5A8-5E76-401F-BE08-1E1555D4F3D4&displaylang=en

Whatever Toshiba's restore-to-factory-defaults mechanism is...the necessary files are probably on that hidden partition.

http://www.ehow.com/how_8258286_recovery-toshiba-satellite-a105s2101.html

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Posted 12 June 2011 - 04:33 PM

Original specs at http://reviews.cnet.com/laptops/toshiba-satellite-a105-s2101/1707-3121_7-31980628.html .

The small partition should be the boot partition and/or an administrativ partition, put in by most laptop manufacturers. There is no reason at all to ever access it as long as you have no problems with the system. The size indicates that it cannot be indicated for storage...306MB just isn't very useful in today's computing world. SP3 for XP is larger than that :).

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyId=5B33B5A8-5E76-401F-BE08-1E1555D4F3D4&displaylang=en

Whatever Toshiba's restore-to-factory-defaults mechanism is...the necessary files are probably on that hidden partition.

http://www.ehow.com/how_8258286_recovery-toshiba-satellite-a105s2101.html

Louis

Okay, thanks. I have an idea. I have never partitioned a hdd. I want to add/create a partition on this system to install ONLY an OS. Do I make it an extended, logical or primary partition. I think 1G will be enough. Thank you for your help! BTW, I did read the tutorial and the only options I have are to rename the system partition or delete that 306MB unknown partition. I don't need to be deleting something if I will need it. HELP!!!

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Edited by JannEd, 12 June 2011 - 06:42 PM.


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Posted 12 June 2011 - 07:35 PM

Before you do that make sure you have a backup plan.

If you have not done so,backup your data and make recovery disks for your system so that you can restore it to an original state should something go amiss.
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