Predesktop Area

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The Predesktop Area

Predesktop Area is the name used for two different technologies: Hidden Protected Area and Rescue and Recovery.

Hidden Protected Area

The Hidden Protected Area is a special area on your harddisk that can be hidden to the software running on your ThinkPad. It includes all the software and data needed to recover the preloaded state of the ThinkPad. The HPA also includes some diagnostic tools and a (MS Windows only) backup tool. The Hidden Protected Area was introduced with the R/T/X 40 series of ThinkPads.

There are reports of HPAs in the X30 series. Someone please confirm and update the page - 20070214Confirmed X30 2672 has it

Rescue and Recovery

Recent ThinkPads are shipped with the Rescue and Recovery technology. That technology uses a (hidden) partition for recovery of the preloaded state and diagnostic tools.