I am expecting a toshiba netbook in a few days that will not allow me to make recovery disks even if I use an external dvd-writer; it will only give me the option to create a usb drive, 8GB capacity(which I dont have).
I want to delete the hidden recovery partition and recover another way if I need to.
1) I believe if I just copy the files from the hidden partition and then copy them back on another partition or usb drive, it will not boot(am I right?)
2)I was thinking and I need your advice on this(will it work?):
Use dd to make a direct copy of the hidden recovery partition and save it to an .iso file on an external drive like this:
dd if=/dev/sda2 of=/media/externaldrive/backup.iso
Then if I need to recover, recreate a new partition on the disk (or dd the iso to a big enough USB drive partition) and
dd if=/media/externaldrive/backup.iso of=/dev/NEWsdax
and then boot to the usb drive or to the newly-created partition.
BTW: Toshiba lets you access the recovery partition by holding 0+pressing the power buttton. I'm guessing this will not work if I delete the hidden partition and then recreate it. Is there some way to fix this?
Thank you and sorry for the long post...