before people say anything about what i want to do, 1, yes i am crazy and 2, i have 4 days off work, so i need something to do.
now with that over, lol, this is what i want to do.
you know how most laptops have a hidden recovery partition, where you can use the Alt + F10 combo or something similar to reinstall windows, i want to make one of them, and put it on my laptop, so if i am ever needing to reinstall windows, i can do it, without needing all of my disks.
i know most people are going to say just use ghost or something like that, but i have games like bioshock, and ra3 etc installed, and i want to include them in the recovery partition.
Yup, you're crazy!
AFAIK, recovery partitions are only created by OEM manufacturers. The closest thing for the consumer is probably a system image, functionality which is built into Windows 7 via Backup & Restore (in the Control Panel).
Ok you need to use Windows Backup, it will create an image of your hard disk. Whenever you wanted to restore your system, you can either use the F8 key, selecting Repair computer, then image restore. Or you will use the Recovery CD/DVD, which the windows backup will prompts you as an option to create.
If you have only one hard drive, you obviously need to create the extra partition for the backup image. Creating the partition during windows installation is recommended, rather than using disk management.
Ideally you should have the backup image on a separate hard drive.
Also, you are allowed to have up to 4 Logical Partitions on a drive.
Do a Google search for OEM Diagnostic Tools Partition will bring plenty of results on this subject.
A tool I use to access EISA partitions is Ext2 IFS for Windows which allows you to set a drive letter for Lix partitions or to remove a set drive letter to keep said partition hidden. To install this tool, you have to right click on the installer, select properties, then the Compatibility tab and set it to run in Vista Compatibility Mode and it'll install with no problem.