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07 Feb 2010  

Several flavors of Linux (Mint primary) / 32bit XP, Win7 HomeP / 64bit Win7 Pro, Ultimate / 64Win8.1

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by daemonmonkey View Post
Just a warranty keyboard repair (it's a laptop).

It's a warranty repair, thus I'm stuck with this repair shop. HP tech said that I could not remove the drives, and that I should back up the data, bedause he could not guarantee that the shop doesn't format the drives.
OK, this seals the's an HP repair. THEREFORE, I strongly recommend you create a full image of all partitions. DON'T FOREGET to include the MBR (some backup programs don't do the MBR unless specified as a switch).

Then delete all the stuff you want (don't want on the drive) and if necessary run a "zero wipe" program to overwrite all free space.

I bring all of this up because there is a HIGH PROBABILITY the HP repair WILL do you a "favor" and return the lappy to it's original As-shipped conditions. That means your partitions will be wiped/loaded to as-shipped as well as all the HP bloatware installed, etc.

When it returns (hopefully repaired) you can restore everything the way it was.

Speaking From Experience,
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