The partition was created by HP - it contains an image of the computer when
sold. The size is set at the "size" of all programs/files/applications
It is not to be utilized for any other purpose except for emergency recovery
in case of a "crash" or other catastrophe.
You will notice that as the computer boots, there is a momentary message
reading something like "For System Restore hit F11...." - selecting this
option puts the computer back in original state, however any changes or
applications installed since purchase are lost - unless backed up.
HP provides an utility to copy the recovery partition to removeable media
(DVD/CD) and to reclaim the partition space and remove the MBR
modification.. Just deleting the partition does not remove the MBR (Master
Boot Record) modification that presents sthe Hit F10(11) message.
Most likely a Vista DVD was not received and recovery presents the only OS
BTW - This is all detailed in the "manual" provide by HP on a CD.
"John" <someone@xxxxxx> wrote in message
> Hello. A family member recently got a laptop, which she's more or less
> been abusing (e.g. not shutting down properly). It's call HP Pavilion
> dv6500 Notebook PC. Follwoing are the epcifications:
> AMD Athlon 64x2 Dual Core PRocessor TK-55 1.88 Ghz
> 32 bit operating system
> Windows Vista Home Premium
> 140 Gb hard drive
> When I right-clicked My Computer or whatever to get the specifications, I
> noticed an icon indicating (I presume) another hard drive that had the
> HP Rocevery 1.81 GB free of 8.42.
> Then presuming that this was a recovery file full of junk that had
> collected there on account of her improperly shutting down the computer
> (e.g. when programs are still running), I right clicked it, when I got the
> following disconcerting message:
> Recovery Partition warning: Area HD files used for PC recovery. Don't
> delete or alter files. Any change to partition could prevent any recovery
> Obviously, I didn't do anything when I got this message. However, it
> doesn't make sense to me that this "partition" or whatever it is would be
> almost full when she hasn't had the laptop for that long, and hasn't used
> it extenisvely.
> So, with that said, my question is whether the situation I'm describing to
> you is normal. If it's not, what do I need to do in order to fix it?