Can I delete "Dell Utility" partition at hda1 on I8100 for red hat 7.1/win2000
I found the message from the list and the faq for the suspend to
disk is very helpful. I've installed windows 20000 and red hat 7.1 on
Inspiron 8100 laptop. Using the windows boot option for dual booting,
now I'm able to press Fn+Esc to suspend, which means the harddrive
stops making the annoying noise and the screen is totally blank and
the LED for power and harddrive is off. Later I found that it was not
the REAL one. As mentioned before in this list it should be called
suspend to "hardware" as it still uses a little bit battery, one
battery may last more than 30 hours. If I used the AC adapter at the
same time, the battery will be flashing once in serveral seconds for
charging, which might not be good to the laptop and annoying.
I'd like to use the real suspend to disk without using any battery by
pressing Fn+A twice. When I tried this, itt said that "No suspend
partition available". While I had used phdisk creating a suspend
partition, the place was not at hda1 suggested from the hda1, but
My question is: from my disk partition, I found that partition
called "dell utility" which is generated from windows 2000 (I also
need to keep windows 2000 for dual booting). This partition is on
hda1, the type is FAT. The size is very small, about 16M.
I'd like to know what's the use this partition called "Dell Utility",
if I delete it, will it damage my windows 2000 or will cause some
hardware or software problems?
I really want the real Suspend to disk to work by pressing Fn+A twice,
though I can live with the suspend to hardware by pressing Fn+Esc.
Can somebody give me suggestions about the "dell utility" partition?
- The Dell partition contains various system information that Dell uses
in case they take the system in for repair. (Cory has given the
details in another mail).
Asking Dell support directly they do not believe that you should erase
the partition and insist that it should be located as the first
partition. (But would you have expected any other answer? :-) ).
Personally, I decided to save a copy of the image using
dd if=/dev/hda1 of=dell-utilities-partition-image
and then repartition my hard disk as I needed. If they ever take it
in for repair, they are probably not going to like it, but they can
actually restore the information in that way.
``When you have had all the experiences, met all the famous people,
made some money, toured the world and got all the acclaim you still
think--is that it? Some might be satisfied--but I wasn't'' -- G. Harrison
- Peter, et al.:
I have never noticed any such partition on any of the Dell laptops I
have had, and I have had a few. Nonetheless, whenever I have sent
the laptop in for repair, they have instructed me to REMOVE the hard
drive from the system before sending it! So how do they know what is
on my hard drive, if they tell me to REMOVE the hard drive before it
is sent back to them?
What if the hard drive needs repair?
Well in those cases they have advance shipped me a hard drive, and I
send mine back to them. Usually not working, in which case they are
going to see if the first partition is still good?
I dont think so. I have had systems and hard drives, exchanged and
repaired, so I know all this from experience not guessing.
Beverly Hills, CA
--- In linux-dell-laptops@y..., Peter Møller Neergaard <turtle@a...>
> The Dell partition contains various system information that Delluses
> in case they take the system in for repair. (Cory has given theerase
> details in another mail).
> Asking Dell support directly they do not believe that you should
> the partition and insist that it should be located as the firstit
> partition. (But would you have expected any other answer? :-) ).
> Personally, I decided to save a copy of the image using
> dd if=/dev/hda1 of=dell-utilities-partition-image
> and then repartition my hard disk as I needed. If they ever take
> in for repair, they are probably not going to like it, but they canHarrison
> actually restore the information in that way.
> ``When you have had all the experiences, met all the famous people,
> made some money, toured the world and got all the acclaim you still
> think--is that it? Some might be satisfied--but I wasn't'' -- G.