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My Asus laptop came with a 640Gb hdd. It had a 130Gb OS partition and 440GB Data partition.

When I opened up Disk Management I noticed a 20GB partition allocated before the OS partition but no volume created.

The drive makes clicking noises when not in use, I've searched and found out that some drives park their heads when not in use and use a landing zone space (free of date) to do so.

Is that 20gb invisible allocation for that landing zone?

Using third party software I re sized my OS including the 20GB partition so I can gain some speeds (short stroking) but am now wondering if that partition was used for the landing zone if anything will be affected by not having it anymore.


Edit: Still hearing the head's parking when not in use...I wonder where it's doing it now?? I hope this doesn't mess up any data or worse system files.
Edited by giganews35 - 3/15/11 at 9:37pm
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post #2 of 4
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Anyone??

Anyone heard of this head parking/landing zone? This is my first time reading of such a thing...I though my drive was defective and was going to exchange my lappy, the noise is kind of annoying too.
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So no info on this?
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Please wait 24 hours between bumping your threads. (It's the rules.)

Anyway, the landing zone is outside the user accessible area; you will never see it in the partition map. The 20GB partition is most likely an OEM recovery partition.

If the noise of the drive powering itself up and down bothers you, you can change your power management settings, but keep in mind that this will reduce your battery life.
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