Hello again mate, if you ever have a need to do a factory recovery that partition will probably be needed; there are other options available, have a look at this tutorial linked below for a start and post a snip of Windows 7 disk management for us to look at.
Before we make any specific recommendations will you please post a snip/screen-shot of the entire Windows disk management drive map with a full description as to which drive/partition is which, so we can see what you have going on as there may be a fairly simple way to resolve the situation.
In the Windows start menu right click computer and click manage, in the left pane of the "Computer Management" window that opens click disk management and post a maximized snip of that.
System Manufacturer/Model Number HP Pavilion Elite 495UK OS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit CPU Intel Core i7 870 @ 2.93GHz Motherboard MSI 2A9C (CPU1) Memory 8Gb Dual-Channel DDR3 @ 664MHz Graphics Card nVidia GeForce GTX 460 1024MB dedicated RAM Sound Card Realtek HD Audio Monitor(s) Displays HP2310i Screen Resolution 1920 x 1080
Keyboard Logitech K750 solar-powered keyboard Mouse Logitech Wireless M180 mouse PSU 460W Case HP Elite Cooling Air cooled Hard Drives 1x1954GB Hitachi HDS22020ALA 330 (RAID), 1x1954GB Hitachi External for backup and storage Internet Speed 2Mb Other Info Pure Avanti Flow Internet Radio with iPod Dock, 64Gb iPod, HP USB Speakers, Sony MDR-V500 Headphones, Sony Vaio F-Series Laptop
I'll give that a try and let you know what the results are.
And I wanted to run GNOME because that's what they have in the computer lab at my school (and I don't want to have to go back to campus to complete an assignment). Is there anything to worry about by putting both on the same disk?
The best of both worlds would be to create and store externally an image of the entire HDD before you make any changes to the HDD structure, using something like this excellent, free program at this link below; this way when/if you finish with Linux you could just restore to the image and it would be just like it is now.
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.
System Manufacturer/Model Number HP ProBook 4530s XU015UT#ABA OS Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit CPU Intel Core i3-2310M Motherboard Hewlett-Packard 167C Memory 8GB DDR3 SDRAM Graphics Card Intel HD Graphics 3000 (Sandy Bridge GT2) Sound Card Intel Cougar Point PCH High Definition Audio Monitor(s) Displays 15.6" LED LG Philips LP156WH4-TLD1 Screen Resolution 1366 x 768
Mouse Logitech M315 Case Notebook Hard Drives WDC WD3200BEKT-60PVMT0 Internet Speed 12Mbps/2Mbps