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what is dell utility partition on my harddisk partition table meant for

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http://www.linuxquestions.org – i am planning to install Linux freshly into my laptop, removing the windows, so as i was planning to do this cleanup i saw the output of fdisk -l Quote: Disk /dev/sda: 320.1 GB, 320072933376 bytes 255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 38913 cylinders Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes Disk identifier: 0x00000080 Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System /dev/sda1 1 6 48163+ de Dell Utility /dev/sda2 7 4530 36338300 7 HPFS/NTFS /dev/sda3 4531 7141 20972857+ 83 Linux /dev/sda4 7142 38913 255208590 5 Extended /dev/sda5 7142 7574 3478041 82 Linux swap / Solaris /dev/sda6 * 7575 10185 20972826 83 Linux /dev/sda7 12797 25854 104888353+ 7 HPFS/NTFS /dev/sda8 25855 38913 104896386 7 HPFS/NTFS /dev/sda9 10186 12796 20972826 83 Linux Partition table entries are not in disk order i am very much curious abt this dell utility partition on my laptop, that /dev/sda1 partion. can anyone tell me what and why is it for. Will it create any problems if i delete this partition?? i am on DELL XPS M1530 laptop. (HowTos)