1 - I have burned a dvd copy of recovery media, on a A660 k17 laptop.There are two partitions on the disk which i believe are there for recovery.The first is 1,46 GB and says that it is for recovery and another hidden partition of 8,29 GB..and i suspect that the first one contains the recovery wizard and the whole enviroment into which one will get through system repair and the hidden disk contains the actuall data with windows,drivers and so on.Can i delete these both?Mainly i ask about the first,if it isnt necesary for the system to boot or something after i recover the laptop to factory setting.
2 - and i also want to leave my partitions so that i dont have to partition the entire 600 GB C drive again.I have a D drive created but there is this reply to a thread already in forum http://forums.computers.toshiba-europe.com/forums/thread.jspa?threadID=64754&tstart=90
that says that when i leave the partitions i have created myself, than the recovery will not be available.I have a copy on dvd but only to be sure i dont mess something up.
3 - When i want a clean system without some of the software that was preloaded on the oem recovery disk.. i have to use windows recovery? or it will be the same as the toshiba one?
Thanks for possible reply
First partition belongs to Win7 and it has nothing to do with Toshiba recovery image saved on HDD. This hidden partition is reserved for Toshiba recovery image. First partition should not be deleted. This small partition will be created before Windows installation starts. Leave it as it is.
Hidden partition should be there is you want to use HDD recovery installation but now when you have created recovery disc you can delete it and get more free space on HDD. If something goes wrong you can use created recovery disc for OS installation.
As I already wrote, when you have recovery disc you can do whatever you want but take care about this disc and place it on safe place.
Using created recovery disc you will have “factory settings” again and preinstalled OS as on the first day after purchase. If you want to have own OS installation you must use Microsoft installation disc.