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PostPosted: Mon Mar 05, 2012 10:45 am 

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Location: Vineyard Haven, MA
I recently found and mounted a secret 4GB FAT32 partition on my hard drive. Explorer says it is called "IBM_SERVICE". Is this the remains of a recovery disk that my Thinkpad may have once had?

If it helps, the computer is a Thinkpad t42 that I bought as a refurb from IBM/Lenovo about 5 years ago. I think it came with a recovery partition, but in the time since I bought it the hard drive has been wiped and XP has been reinstalled. Could the partition have survived the wipe?

My hard drive is only a 32GB Fujitsu mht2040ah, so I need every gigabyte I can get. Is it safe to delete this partition so I can recover disk space?

I think the partition may be useless to me, as pressing my "Access IBM" button during boot doesn't do anything

Thinkpad T42, Type 2373
1.7GHz Intel Centrino, 1.5GB RAM
Windows XP Professional

PostPosted: Mon Mar 05, 2012 11:07 am 

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Location: Minnesota
It's probably the recovery partition, which I think were hidden by default on the T42. That's how it survived the wipe. If you've done a clean install on the T42, I don't see much of a need to keep it.


PostPosted: Mon Mar 05, 2012 11:08 am 

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Location: Mt. Cobb, PA USA
Yes, that's the old recovery partition.
Apart from the Access button you could also try F11.
If neither work, you can delete that partition.
BUT, I think it lies at the beginning of the HD, so it wouldn't do you much good, unless as a small storage partition.
IMHO just buy a larger size PATA 2.5" HD, up to 320GB, and do a fresh install. Windows will thank you for it.

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