Reformat ? RE:keeping a OEM Restore Partition
First I hope this subject is ok here since it does re dual booting, however its the first stage in Xp/linux dual booting, so it realy only concerns XP atm. however I havn't recieved much help elsewere so i figrued perhaps a linux forum would be more up on the subject although it may seem a bit particular as your read on. none the less. Thx for looking. Appreciated
system: Acer Aspire One D255
IF your already familiar with some of the OEM Recovery Partitions that some come with, feel free to skip the next 2 paragraphs my question is bellow them.
It comes with an OEM partition as the first primary. Does not show up in explorer or allow me to assign it a drive letter, but does show up in Diskmgmt. Its Volume Lable: PQSERVICE ,Its partition type/name in MBRwiz shows as "12-OEMIA" and Boot type = No
The computer BIOS is equipped with a Disk-to-Disk(D2D) recovery option. So i can just press (Alt+F10) before boot to run Acer's OEM disk restore program to restore the OS to factory default installation from the hidden OEM Partition.
(QUESTION): I want to keep this OEM Partition intact/usable. But reformat the computer with my own xpPro disk (among other things listed later). So I'v been doing do diligence so to try not screwing up the OEM partition. Is it safe for me to Install xpPro sp1 onto the 2nd primary partition? or are there precaustions i must take beforhand?
I have already backed up the OEM MBR with MBRwiz, and though research not for my particular situation have found suggestions to HIDE other partitions as a precaustion especialy since XP likes the 1st primary part, However i tryed and failed to HIDE it with MBRwiz as Disk=0 Part=1 gave me = ERROR 558: Unable to hide this partition type
Also my Acer OEM partition is activated through the BIOS i assume?(not sure if other components are involved-ex.the MBR(backed up incase tho)... And i know how to specify and partition my XP installation, however i dont know 100% how the xp Bootloader acts or installs - or if it were to try to install or steel any of the first primary partition?or if it could even steel from that partition type if it wanted.. So not realy sure if i need to worry about it or not?
So please any guidence from someone more experienced or knowledgeable would be greatfully appreciated. I just dont want to take the first reformat step befor i know for sure the XP install isnt going to damage my 1st Primary OEM partition that the comp was shipped with.
bellow this line isnt a concern for me atm, but incase anyone takes the time to read through and possibly has pointers i maynot already be aware of... Keeping the OEM partitions is my choice and asside from my goal of Dual booting this netbook with XPpro and Linux. I'v done a lot of research on dual-booting and linux, so im fairly confident about the rest of the process at this time.. Ina nutshell though - my entire goal is =
-keep the OEM recovery part
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-Partition HDD accordingly with GParted
-install xpPro first as recomended
-Install my first linux distro(ubuntu Server Ed/grub legacy)
-copy grub from MBR to custom GRUB Bootloader partition
-modify Bootloader to chainload so to Boot XP and any aditional Linux Distros
-backup setup with Partimage or something comperable