Hidden Partition

I have got a Acer Aspire 9300 which came with one of Bill Gates unreliable operating systems and a recovery partition in case something goes wrong. I surely installed linux (now on opensuse 11.4) as quickly as possible.

Can somebody please help me mounting this hidden recovery partition under linux please? All I can see is this from "fdisk -l"printout:

Disk /dev/sda: 120.0 GB, 120034123776 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 14593 cylinders, total 234441648 sectors
Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
Disk identifier: 0x34fe34fd

Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/sda1 2048 4208639 2103296 82 Linux swap / Solaris
/dev/sda2 * 4208640 46153727 20972544 83 Linux
/dev/sda3 46153728 234440703 94143488 83 Linux

I assume that the partition in question is between blocks 0 and 2047?


Is it possible that you’re referring to a HPA (Hidden Protected Area) rather than a mountable partition? My ThinkPad has the latter, and if it exists, it will be visible to fdisk. For the former, read this explanation:

Hidden Protected Area - ThinkWiki