Talk:Hidden Protected Area
There is conflicting information on this page. In the introductory paragraph it says "The HPA was introduced with the R/T/X 40 series of ThinkPads." But on the bottom the X3x models are also linked as having this technology. What is right? --Rolf 12:30, 19 October 2006 (CEST)
Also I know an R50e machine, that has Rescue and Recovery on a Compaq Diagnostics partition. So it shouldn't be listed either on the bottom of the page. I'm just not too sure, if I understand those technologies correctly, so I hesitate to remove it.
Removing item "Accessing the HPA from Linux"
I've checked the fwdir code (http://colimit.googlepages.com/fwdir.zip). This code works on a Hidden Partition (is that the same as a R and R or yet another Predesktop variant?). This code can not work with real HPAs.
I suggest we remove this section in an week or so (or move it to the discussion section) unless further info regarding those Hidden Partition is provided.
Paul Bolle 01:08, 4 January 2007 (CET)
The fwdir page is quite clear that it does not access HPAs, but rather hidden partitions. I don't know if an HPA and a phoenix HP partition have the same internal layout (they could, and it would make sense; a partition does not have to contain a filesystem, it could contain an HPA image just as easily). Also, I have no idea if IBM ships the HPA as unpartitioned area, or as a hidden partition...
If you know the answer to the two implied questions above, you know what to do.
--hmh 03:22, 5 January 2007 (CET)