replacing a re-spawend oem partition

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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. :)
 

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.
 

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?
 
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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.
 

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?
 
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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?
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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