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gigabyte motherboards xpress recovery warning

Guest on 2nd May 2022 02:34:34 PM

  1. gigabyte motherboards xpress recovery warning
  2. hard drive, so you won't have to repeat the same research as I did:
  3.  
  4.  I experimented with Gigabyte's Xpress Recovery utility (included in
  5.  the BIOS of my 7N400Pro2 mb) shortly after I installed my new WinXP
  6.  system. It's supposed to make a hidden backup copy of your system
  7.  which can be restored if something corrupts your working system. The
  8.  explanation of it wasn't very clear, either in the manual or on
  9.  Gigabyte's web site, but what it actually did in practice was remove
  10.  about 8 Gbytes of my hard drive. From what I've pieced together, it
  11.  apparently takes advantage of an ability in most modern disk drives to
  12.  create a Host Protected Area (HPA), which is basically a hidden
  13.  partition accessed by a different set of BIOS commands than normal.
  14.  The Gigabyte utility removed part of the active NTFS partition to
  15.  create an HPA of the required size, then made a compressed backup copy
  16.  of my system and stored it in the HPA. Whether the backup included the
  17.  whole system, or just selected parts, I don't know - I did this before
  18.  I'd added a lot to the basic WinXP installation. Afterward my drive
  19.  size was reported as 8 Gbytes smaller.
  20.  
  21.  Later I wanted to remove the Xpress Recovery partition and recover the
  22.  8 Gbytes of hard drive space. I used the "Remove" option in Xpress
  23.  Recovery, and it said "ok", but I didn't get back my 8 Gbytes.
  24.  From what I could see, this space was removed from the hidden HPA and
  25.  re-appeared as unallocated free space in the partition table. So I
  26.  figured I could probably recover it by extending my active NTFS
  27.  partition into the new free space.
  28. This proved to be the case. I guess
  29.  I could have used something like Partition Magic, but it turns out
  30.  that there's a way to do it in WinXP (see MS Knowledge Base acticle
  31. http://support.microsoft.com/?id=325590). It says that it isn't
  32.  recommended for active boot partitions, but it works anyway.

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