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    Dell OEM Partition

    I have a Dell laptop and I want to dual boot it with Windows 7 and Ubuntu 12.04. Currently there are 3 partitions, OS, Recovery, and a 33mb fat16 partition. I want to keep the first two, is it safe to delete the extra 33mb partition. Is it supposed to be a boot partition that will make my computer unbootable. I am manually partitioning and I will make a /boot primary partition and a extended / and swap partitions. So is safe to delete it?

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    Re: Dell OEM Partition

    That partition contains a DOS system and diagnostic tools. If you have your drivers and utilities disc you can use that instead. I would back it up using dd first

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    Re: Dell OEM Partition

    Quote Originally Posted by cool110 View Post
    That partition contains a DOS system and diagnostic tools. If you have your drivers and utilities disc you can use that instead. I would back it up using dd first
    Well I have the CD's, so can I just delete it in the Ubuntu partitioner and everything will be fine?(as in, Windows will still boot?)

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    Re: Dell OEM Partition

    Go ahead Windows doesn't use it at all, the only side effect will be the diagnostics boot option failing.

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    Re: Dell OEM Partition

    Quote Originally Posted by cool110 View Post
    Go ahead Windows doesn't use it at all, the only side effect will be the diagnostics boot option failing.
    Well I never use the diagnostics anyways and as long as my computer boots up I'm fine. Thanks for all the help

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