> Well i'd like to understand one thing:
> i see that Dell Utility partition 54,4 MB big. That is NOT the hidden
> XP rescue partition Dell
> told they installed on my system, is it?
> I'd like to reformat the entire HD, keeping only that XP rescue hidden
> partition. Is it possible?
> I own a D600, and Dell gave me XP installation media, so probably i
> really need not that rescue
> hidden partition, which hogs almost 6 GB of my HD...
> What do you think about this?
Yes, that is your Dell utility/rescue partition. I kept that while
reformatting everything else on my HD in order to have dual boot
capability on my D600. I used Partition Magic to wipe clean and reformat
everything BUT the Dell utility partition, creating a small ntfs primary
partition and a much larger extended ext3 partition including a linux
swap equal to my RAM. Then I first reinstalled XP and its drivers on the
small primary partition, and finally Linux / and swap on the large
extended partition, installing Grub on the master boot record. Here is
the output from fdisk:
Disk /dev/hda: 60.0 GB, 60011642880 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 7296 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/hda1 1 7 56196 de Dell Utility
/dev/hda2 * 8 1027 8193150 7 HPFS/NTFS
/dev/hda3 1028 7296 50355742+ f W95 Ext'd (LBA)
/dev/hda5 1028 7231 49833598+ 83 Linux
/dev/hda6 7232 7296 522081 82 Linux swap