Hidden CPM partition on an Old Dell Computer.

Bobobie

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I was running Spinrite on an old Dell and saw a 3.5gb Digital Research CPM partition. Is this a system restore partition? I can't mount and view it with anything. There are three, the main NT, and one that is in fat format, about 300mb. that looks like the hardware utilities partition. By the time I get these old machines, people have usually blown out all these partitions.
 

Bobobie

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Be careful until you know what the CP stands for...:icon_eek:
... Control Program .


I found some info on it. It is the restore partition. I guess spinrite is pretty good at identifying partitions, because I've never seen this using other HD tools.
 

Norm Stansfield

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http://radified.com/blog/archives/000141.html

Looks like da boyz at DELL have begun including a Ghost image with their latest computers (at least, with their laptops). See HERE. They used to provide a Restore CD, but you can only include so much data on a CD.

DELL is including the Ghost image at the very END of the hard drive, where hard drive performance is slowest (good idea). There they create a separate partition, which takes up ~3.5GBs. With hard drive capacities growing so large, even with laptop computers, allocating 3.5-GB of disk space to a Ghost image is no problem.

When viewed in Partition Magic, this partition shows up as: "CP/M, Concurrent DOS, CTOS" (Primary).
Useless thing is useless.