[ubuntu] recovery partition.. sortof

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http://ubuntuforums.org – is it possible to make a recovery partition for ubuntu? i was thinking in the way one makes a bootable usb-stick but from the HDD i know in windows its fairley easy. just like making a usb-instalation drive but with another letter in DISKPART but i dont know if it can be done in ubuntu. i know the drives are callled /dev/s.. and something like a,b,c, and so on for drives. and numbers for the volumes. but can i do something like that with GPartEd? im installing ubuntu on a fresh computer with a disc on a borrowed optical drive. the point is not to have any. and strangley i couldnt (Hardware)