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bonkers72

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Just picked up a HP Pavillion desk top. As I was doing a defrag, I noticed that it looks like the hard drive is partitoned. C: is NTFS 77% And D: is FAT 33%. First, would this be true?
Second why would HP do this. How do I access both. Is it necessary to have this? I am not familiar with partitions.:eek: Thanks for any input on this issue.
 

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Probably all the recovery information is on D:, in which case it's doubtful that you will be able to access it, nor would you want to.
 
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bonkers72 said:
Just picked up a HP Pavillion desk top. As I was doing a defrag, I noticed that it looks like the hard drive is partitoned. C: is NTFS 77% And D: is FAT 33%. First, would this be true?
Second why would HP do this. How do I access both. Is it necessary to have this? I am not familiar with partitions.:eek: Thanks for any input on this issue.
D: might be a restore partition.

Not sure why it would be in a different file system. Is it a new comp?
 

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The restore partition is almost always FAT32, since it's typically a DOS type restore application that uses it. I'm sure that's what the partition is, it's quite common. The cheap crooks won't spring for a real CD so you can recover if the disk crashes. :(
 

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Thanks for the responses. So........ should I put that info on a disk for a clean install down the road? Is it just like having the XP disk?
 
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How about making an image of your existing installation with Acronis or GHOST, and then re-sizing your hard drive to utilize the entire space?
 
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