Dual boot [recovery partition]
Hello, I'd like to have a dualboot system consisting of windows XP and Mandrake/Mandrivia. I have a 200GB harddrive installed; the problem is it's divided into two partitions. The first partition is the main one (181GB) and the second one is a small (4.44GB) partition called the 'Recovery Partition'.
I have a pre-installed version of Windows XP. I recieved a "System Recovery CD/DVD" for Windows XP and assume that along with the system recovery disk, the recovery partition is needed to reinstall XP. It is protected by a program called "PC Angel" and won't let me view the files stored on this partition with the following message:
I'd like to know if there is a safe, easy, & free way to completely backup the recovery partition onto a DVD. Any way to create a disk that will fully reinstall windows legally with the software I have would be great.
This area of your hard disk
(or partition) contains files used
for your system recovery.
Do not delete or alter these files.
Any change to this partition could
prevent any recovery later.
I would like to be able to backup this partition so that I can partition the drive and install linux so it will dual-boot. I really want to backup this partition somehow, but it would also be useful if anyone knows if dualbooting can be done without touching the recovery partition.