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Windows 7: HP_Tools partition

27 Aug 2011   #11
Chilidawg

windows 7 professional 64-bit
 
 

Mine has both "HP_TOOLS" and "HP-RECOVERY" Here's hoping it's a long time before I need either one. BTW, thanks for a most informative website. I've learned a lot.


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27 Aug 2011   #12
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Comp Cmndo View Post
It looks just like my new HP. The Tools Partition only uses 100MB. Even the Recovery Partition only uses 12GB. It looks like a 500GB hard drive. I would leave them as they are, you have plenty of free space.

You're forgetting one important thing.

information   Information

The Windows Master Boot Record (MBR) partition structure supports a total of only four (4) partitions per Hard Disk Drive / Solid State Drive, they can be either 4 Primary partitions or three (3) Primary partitions and a single (1) Extended partition.
Partition / Extended : Logical Drives

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27 Aug 2011   #13
Marquis

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bare Foot Kid View Post
Have a look at this one for information that may be useful.

Dual Boot Windows 7 and Ubuntu
Alright, I'll try this as soon as I extend my partition (which I'm gonna try to do right now). I'll go ahead and try to use Ubuntu instead of GNOME (it really doesn't make a difference to me).
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27 Aug 2011   #14
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

I'm not sure how to go about it because I don't fool with Linux but I know there is a way to set it up so the Windows boot loader is used instead of the Grub loader and that would make life much easier in the long-run.
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27 Aug 2011   #15
Marquis

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

Alright, I'll look into that. By the way, the partition wizard you told me to download earlier is the same one used in the extending partitions tutorial, right? Also, I'm not seeing one of my partitions as Windows 7 (but I'm assuming it's just because it doesn't actually have a name, which you can see from my screenshot).
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27 Aug 2011   #16
gregrocker

 

Since no one has answered your question yet about HP Tools partition: It contains the hardware diagnostics utility preinstalled at factory. Take a look at those tools now in All Programs to decide if you want them. If not you can delete it. If so I would save it.

On newer HP's they have included a Minimized Recovery option when you run Factory Recovery which is very close to a clean reinstall without HP bloatware, with just a couple of those utilities which can easily be deleted in Control Panel. For this reason I would keep Recovery in place, or at the very least make your HP Recovery Disks.

Of course if you don't want any of the bloatware or factory utilities and prefer to clean reinstall using a Win7 installation DVD for your version with the Product Key on the COA sticker, you don't need any of those partitions.
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27 Aug 2011   #17
Marquis

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

Ok, so I tried making the Windows 7 partition a logical partition and everything worked ok there. But then I tried to shrink the volume (by 3073MB), and when I selected the amount of space I got a pop-up that said "The volume you have selected to shrink may be corrupted. Use Chkdsk to fix the corruption problem, and then try to shrink the volume again."

I ran Chkdsk, but it immediately disappeared on me (not sure if that's what it's supposed to do; maybe it runs in the background). Any help for that?

Also, gregrocker, because I don't want to screw anything up I want to try anything I can before deleting a partition.

EDIT: Ran Chkdsk as an administrator and it's actually running now. I'll edit again when it's finished and I try to shrink the volume again.
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27 Aug 2011   #18
gregrocker

 

If you're using Partition Wizard it has System File Checker built in (which is Disk Check). I'd also run Surface Scan of HD.
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27 Aug 2011   #19
Marquis

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
If you're using Partition Wizard it has System File Checker built in (which is Disk Check). I'd also run Surface Scan of HD.
I just managed to successfully shrink the volume. Dskchk worked fine after I ran it as an administrator. Now I'm gonna try to get Ubuntu on my computer. I'll give another update after that. But first I'm gonna follow BFK's advice and restart my computer to makes sure the changes are ok.

EDIT: I'm running the Ubuntu install and it has about a 5 hour ETA. I'm gonna run it while I sleep and check up on it in the morning. I'll update the thread after I see how it went.
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28 Aug 2011   #20
Marquis

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

Success. Everything installed fine and is working great. Thanks for the help, everyone.
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