Just a note for anyone wanting to remove Xpress Recovery from their\nhard drive, so you won't have to repeat the same research as I did:\n\nI experimented with Gigabyte's Xpress Recovery utility (included in\nthe BIOS of my 7N400Pro2 mb) shortly after I installed my new WinXP\nsystem. It's supposed to make a hidden backup copy of your system\nwhich can be restored if something corrupts your working system. The\nexplanation of it wasn't very clear, either in the manual or on\nGigabyte's web site, but what it actually did in practice was remove\nabout 8 Gbytes of my hard drive. From what I've pieced together, it\napparently takes advantage of an ability in most modern disk drives to\ncreate a Host Protected Area (HPA), which is basically a hidden\npartition accessed by a different set of BIOS commands than normal.\nThe Gigabyte utility removed part of the active NTFS partition to\ncreate an HPA of the required size, then made a compressed backup copy\nof my system and stored it in the HPA. Whether the backup included the\nwhole system, or just selected parts, I don't know - I did this before\nI'd added a lot to the basic WinXP installation. Afterward my drive\nsize was reported as 8 Gbytes smaller.\n\nLater I wanted to remove the Xpress Recovery partition and recover the\n8 Gbytes of hard drive space. I used the "Remove" option in Xpress\nRecovery, and it said "ok", but I didn't get back my 8 Gbytes. From\nwhat I could see, this space was removed from the hidden HPA and\nre-appeared as unallocated free space in the partition table. So I\nfigured I could probably recover it by extending my active NTFS\npartition into the new free space. This proved to be the case. I guess\nI could have used something like Partition Magic, but it turns out\nthat there's a way to do it in WinXP (see MS Knowledge Base acticle\n[URL]http://support.microsoft.com/?id=325590[/URL]). It says that it isn't\nrecommended for active boot partitions, but it works anyway.