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What is "EISA Config" on Sony Vaio laptop?

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a b G Storage
February 22, 2010 1:30:31 PM

This is the label on a hidden partition found on the HDD in a Sony Vaio. I am teaching a workstation class, and a student asked this question about her Sony Vaio. While waiting for her to contact Sony, I thought someone else here might be able to answer faster.

Thanks!


MRFS
a b G Storage
February 22, 2010 1:46:56 PM

Not sure what the acronym stands for, but it seems to be a Windows/system recovery partition.
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a b G Storage
February 22, 2010 4:37:04 PM

> it seems to be a Windows/system recovery partition.

I agree.


> Not sure what the acronym stands for

Evidently "Config" is "Configuration" -- ( we think :) 

"EISA" is a contraction of "E" and "ISA"
where,

"E" = Extended
and
"ISA" = Industry Standard Architecture

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Extended_Industry_Standard...


ISA is a very old bus standard that
pre-dates the PCI bus (read "obsolete"):

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Industry_Standard_Architec...


We're trying to confirm whether or not cloning software --
like Symantec's GHOST or Acronis' TRUE IMAGE --
will also clone such hidden partitions
when upgrading to a larger primary HDD hosting C:
-and-
what conditions and restrictions must be observed
e.g. can C: be increased or decreased in size when
a hidden partition is present and, if so, how?


Very often, such older machines were built with much smaller,
and much slower, primary HDDs, and the C: partitions are
necessarily slow, as a consequence.

By upgrading to faster and larger modern HDDs
e.g. 7,200 rpm HDDs with perpendicular magnetic recording,
and by re-sizing C: on such faster and larger HDDs,
the C: system partition can benefit from "short-strokes".


Thanks for your prompt reply.


MRFS
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a b G Storage
February 23, 2010 12:13:11 PM

I know what EISA is from when it was used as a bus, but I don't think that acronym would be relevant here.
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