[ltp] Re: how to protect rescue partition before/when dualbooting?

Richard Neill linux-thinkpad@linux-thinkpad.org
Wed, 30 Nov 2011 02:39:25 +0000

On 30/11/11 02:25, Tom Roche wrote:
> Tom Roche Tue, 29 Nov 2011 15:01:06 -0500
>>> W510 shipped with Vista, vendor upgraded to W7, to be dualbooted.
>>> How to preserve the rescue partition, or at least its
>>> functionality, JIC something goes wrong?

For what it's worth, I wouldn't do it this way. If you ever need to use 
the rescue partition, it will completely obliterate your existing 
installation, your data, and your Linux partition, restoring it to 
exactly as it left the factory. So, imho, the recovery partitions are 
useless and I just delete them.

If you ever want to reinstall Windows, I think you're entitled to ask 
the vendor to ship you a proper OEM Windows installation CD, which will 
be better than the recovery partition. [This was the case last time I 
checked, though that was several years back.]

The diagnostic utilities on the recovery partition are usually also 
available elsewhere.

Should you ever need to send in your machine for service, and they say 
"we don't support Linux, so go away", the best approach is "my data is 
confidential; I am sending you the machine but I've taken out the disk".
Service agents seem much happier with the latter.

Best wishes,