It's a Packard Bell iMedia 753. And it's three years old (it had it's 3rd birthday on 16th June this year. Yes that's right, I'm sad enough to remember the date I bought it
BUT I did some searching. I looked through my folders and couldn't find a recovery tool or anything similar; all I found was a load of Packard Bell help crap and some bundled softwares! However... I found a PB Master DVD creator in the control panel!
The programme says "This program will create a Master DVD from the recovery data stored on the hard drive."
My guess is that this hidden partition of mine is the recovery data they talk about.
Just done a bit of sleuthing of the PB help files. I found this:
"Your computer uses a hidden partition on the hard disk drive to store recovery data that can be used to restore your computer if a problem occurs.
This partition uses some of the hard disk drive (typically 5 to 8GB), which is not included in the summary information on the My Computer window. The data in this “hidden” partition can be transferred to a DVD or CDs (please check the Master DVD Creator Section of the Quick Start and Troubleshooting Guide) and can then be used as additional storage space. "
Just like you both said! Thanks for the help. I'm gonna start on the Master DVD straight away and then open up that space! Thanks