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replacing a re-spawend oem partition

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  1. goodeind

    goodeind Thread Starter

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    Dear All,

    Let me introduce myself... I'm from Italy and I am looking for a solution from you guys as I got nothing from some Italian forums. Thus I want to thank you in advance for any helpful hints on the matter.

    I've bought a second-handed NP-RC530-S06 with a dual boot (win7 and Hackintosh). As I wanted to restore the notebook to factory status, I inserted the DVD (attached to the package) and installed win7. In fact the recovery solution was not accessible by pushing F4; probably the previous owner deleted the OEM partition...

    By the way, after the OS installation, the PC was (obviously) missing the drivers and the samsung software. I know I could download the samsung stuff from the support page but my idea was to get back the OEM partition.

    Thus, using testdisk, I re-spawned the OEM partition getting the following:
    - name: SAMSUNG_REC
    - hard disk letter: D.
    - partition type: Primary

    Here is my question: is it possible to restore the link between the F4 and the OEM partition? What would be the procedure?

    Thanks again for your kind support. :)
     
  2. TerryNet

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    In general (I can't verify for Samsung) the OEM uses a special Master Boot Record that facilitates the boot to the Recovery partition. Whenever another OS (legit or otherwise) is installed this MBR is overwritten. I have no answers for your specific question.

    My advice is to just use the Windows 7 installation DVD if it is genuine.

    To "recover or restore to factory defaults" you may still be able to purchase a set of Recovery DVDs from Samsung.
     
  3. goodeind

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    TerryNet,

    thanks for your reply. Since I posted the question I've been working on it. Through the win partition manager I set the SAMSUNG_REC as a system partition. Then I rebooted and the samsung recovery solution started... I did not continue the process since I was not sure that everything was going in the right way (i.e. overwriting the OEM partition itself). Then my next step is to copy the OEM partition to a USB storage and boot the system primarily by the latter... In any case the OEM partition would be safe and, eventually, I still have the WIN7 DVD that came with the laptop in order to restore the whole thing.

    What do you think?
     
  4. prunejuice

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    If you have a Windows 7 disk that came with the laptop, I'd skip adding a recovery partition to the hard drive.

    That fact that your recovery source is seperate from the machine is better.


    Not sure why you wouldn't have drivers already installed if using a real recovery disk. They should already be installed.
     
  5. goodeind

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    The DVD brings only the OS not the drivers nor the samsung software.
     
  6. prunejuice

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    Then it's not a genuine recovery disk, or there's a second disk to that set.
     
  7. goodeind

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    the label says "Samsung System Recovery Media". Browsing it I cannot find the samsung drivers. I guess it's the OS only
     
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    That's puzzling. I thought that you had an installation DVD (which includes a ton of drivers, but obviously not all). A Recovery DVD for Windows 7 should be a set of at least two (and probably three) and should include drivers, software, bloatware, etc.--everything just like when the PC was new. Maybe Samsung has some different procedure?
     
  9. Lance1

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    So you set the recovery partition as an active boot partition, then restarted the system and the recovery initiated? If this is the case then the recovery will wipe the C:\ partition and load the default OS. as for the Hackintosh partition, that I think should be removed manually.
     
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