Just got a P3 T&L Dell Latitude C400 with a 20G hdd and half of it is used up by a hidden partition. Half is an active primary partition of 10G, half is a primary/extended/logical partition of 9G which i assume is the recovery partition.
I'll confess to not RTFM yet. The existing install of XP is nicely up to date and has software I'd like to keep. Basically I'd just like to resize the partitions and get the useless part down to about 4 or 5G (used portion is easily within that size) and expand the Win partition up to 14 or 15G. I'll image the drive in any case for backup. Was wondering if I imaged the drive and wiped it if I could reload the OS and recovery portions into differently sized partitions.
The only time I had to deal with this type of situation previously was a Compaq notebook with a 10G drive and fully a quarter of it or more taken up by the oem partition. I used a utility from the oem to clear that partition and simply loaded the OS on the entire drive. But I don't want to be that rash before I understand all the implications.
Hardware is nice. Tualatin 866, 1G of ram (!), and a wireless card (B/G I think). I think the 15" Toshiba will be staying home soon.