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Friday, March 23, 2007

Simple HD Config Question

> From: Brian
> Sent: Thursday, March 22, 2007 2:41 PM
> To: Scott
> Subject: Simple HD config Question
> When you have a desktop with a diagnostic partition on the hard drive (like HP or DELL) can > you keep the diagnostic partition or do you have to wipe it? If you do keep it do you have to > use a special boot loader to allow you to still access the partition?
> -Brian F.


You don't really need it. The utilites are usually the same ones that are on the CD. Dell likes to make it easier for their support, since users lose CDs, and have no clue on how to download and burn another one.

Compaq had a requirement that the SmartStart CD be used in order to install NT, but that is no longer required.

If you run fdisk, and reformat the drive, you can reclaim the space.

- scottm

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