Just got a new Toshiba A205-7458. Beside the main partition on the harddisk there is this dinky hidden partition (iirc it's about 1.64GB). It's not the recovery utilities since this model Toshiba comes with a recovery disk for applictions and Vista.
Anyone know what the parititon if for and can I just remove it?
Thanks but I'v been there, done that. manual is absoutely no help in this regard. The manual is written for models that do and don't have recovery CDs and those that do those that don't have recovedry partitions. So there's no way to know which you have -- excpet that this model comes with recovery disks for apps and such. The utility tools are already on the disk in the main partition. Toshiba Tech Support had absolutely no idea what the partition is for -- in the tech support I got onthe phone insisted the partition wasn't there because this model has a recovery cd. A recovery partition, form which one might burn CDs fro recovery disks or reimage a drive is usually 6GB or more -- this is a relatively dinky partition -- less than 2GB.
My suspicion is that this is essentially a cabinet for Vista -- although there is a CD for restoring Vista, one CD seems small so maybe this hidden partition contains the rest of Vista -- partition doesn't seem big enough for much else.
Originally Posted by Steve R Jones
It probably has Diagnostic apps on it...Might look in the manual
"Quickplay" That would be HP's knock-off of Apple's Quicktime?
Whatever it is on the Toshiba, you'd think Toshiba would mention it in the manual somewhere. I've had PCs from the factory where there was unallocated space for no good reason -- maybe this is just one of those kind of things.
Originally Posted by Midknyte
sounds like it is the media player partition. HP has "quickplay", so Toshiba probably has the same thing.
My understanding is that in the world of vista, boot.wim is the windows vista image file to go on a CD to make it bootable, that is a vistaPE 2.0 disk. What it doing on the Hdisk, I'm not sure -- possibly the recovery disks use this file to boot into a version of windows so that it can install applications, etc ??? wild guessing here.
Thanks. That makes sense. But it also means, if I replace the harddrive, I'm out of luck for software. Ah well. I'll regularly make backup images of the drive with Acronis True Image-- better recovery than using recovery(reinstall) disks anyway.