December 2, 2008 at 6:38 am #159744
Has anyone tried using the recovery partition yet?
Or perhaps more correctly, has anyone checked what was in it before they booted into windows the first time (via a LiveCD). It seems like the Samsung Recovery Software filled that partition once Windows was setup and it rebooted.
If I remove that partition, can the Recovery software recreate it (obviously, I’d have to create a spare partition first)? Does it have to be the first partition on the disk?
Just cursios, as I’m not sure I want to blow it away if it might actually be useful. Quite frankly, I’m not going to reinstall windows on the road or something. I’d rather do a clean install with all the newest drivers and software, then restore from old, out of state restore.December 2, 2008 at 11:54 am #173279FreddyMember
I have used it, it gives you a clean install of XP, I have found it very useful.December 2, 2008 at 2:05 pm #173289SideburntMember
You could probably live without it, upgrade all your hardware, install your windows updates, keep basic but mod to your needs accordingly, then use something like Acronis to create an ISO backup. Your ISO will come to between 4 & 5 GB, put this on a DVD/USB/USB HDD (size permitting) you can get a small Acronis boot program that will run from USB stick, and will restore the ISO image.
Save yourself some space and in the event of a HD fail, you’ll be able to reach your backup option.
And even so, you get a great basic XP SP3 install provided, with another disk with the samsung apps. You could probably quite happily get away with just backup up your personal files, because you’re only a couple of disks away from a fresh install anyway.December 3, 2008 at 6:19 pm #173284
Well, I could have just researched my own solution. 🙂
According to the Samsung Recovery Solution III help file:
if you uninstall the applicaiton, restore from F4 at boot still works
if you remove the partition, you can restore it:
1. make a backup to DVD
2. boot off of the first disk of the DVD backup (which would be about one for a normal XP install if you’re just redoing the partition)
3. pick complete restore and “Restoring Recovery Area” under the advanced options
So, even if you blow it away, it’s recoverableDecember 4, 2008 at 12:43 am #173290YsabelMember
Having the Recovery Partition makes life easy without having to connect a DVD-ROM if you need to restore XP – just hit F4 on boot-up. 🙂December 4, 2008 at 4:58 pm #173294
I got hold of a display NC10 from C***ys (as it had only been out for 3 days). When I got it home i thought i would try the recovery package which worked fine. The only problem was that the registered name was still C***ys.
Whatever you put in on the first bootup ends up being the registered name for good. I was well narked and took it back when they had some new machines in stock.
C***ys were fine with swapping the NC10 – I changed from white to black as I used to have a white Asus which was rubbish.
Be warned do not buy a display machine unless you don’t mind having C***ys or some other name already stored on the recovery partition.
StriderDecember 4, 2008 at 5:52 pm #173292wuzhenninMember
so i’m planning on doing this and i want to get the facts straight
i use something like acronis to turn the partition into an iso and then burn and turn it into a bootable dvd or maybe even usb?December 4, 2008 at 10:05 pm #173285
If you want to backup the initial setup, then you should use Acronis or similar product.
If you don’t care about keeping the backup partition, you can essentially restore it by (according to manuals)
1) use Samsung Recovery Solution III to burn a DVD backup of the C drive
2) boot off of the first DVD of the backup set
3) when you do the restore, make sure you go into the advanced options and choose the “restore recovery partition” option.
You can also get it back to the same image by installing off of the provided WinXP Home SP3 disk, and then installing all of the software off of the system media DVD. THis should be identical to the image as when you started the computer.December 4, 2008 at 10:17 pm #173295
What you get when you re-install from the discs is not the same as the image for 2 reasons:
1) The image installs all of the software including the original user name.
2)The first disc installs XP without drivers etc. The second disc allows you to pick and choose which software / drivers you want to install.
I have to say that the image is mmmuuuccchhh quicker 🙂December 5, 2008 at 1:42 am #173286
Well, I was talking about the end result. And yes, it is much quicker to just use the image. If you plan on reimaging a lot, the image is the way to go.
But, it will always install EXACTLY what came on the computer. That means the user name is setup, but there are no XP updates installed (like IE7, etc) and all of the drivers will not be updated to the newest version. So there is that to consider too.
If you are Nliting the OS to add updates/remove features/etc, then the partition doesn’t buy you anything.December 5, 2008 at 7:51 am #173296
I still can’t believe that they created a system where the first username is stored on the PC’s image-lol 🙂December 5, 2008 at 12:16 pm #173283mauwongMember
I’m impressed with Samsung’s recovery solution; very versatile. This including the fact that the system came with very few bloatwareDecember 5, 2008 at 6:39 pm #173287
I’m impressed with Samsung’s recovery solution; very versatile. This including the fact that the system came with very few bloatware
I can agree with that. If you’re happy with the base setup, the recovery solution seems to work well.
And there is little bloatware (only stupid McAffee). Everything else is just Samsung’s specific software, which while maybe not wanted, isn’t bizarre to install.December 5, 2008 at 9:22 pm #173293wuzhenninMember
so the nc10 came with setup disks for you to access through another computer’s drive or an external drive?
cool thanks, i thought i read somewhere that the nc10 didn’t come with any disksDecember 6, 2008 at 12:17 am #173291YsabelMember
One word of caution on using the Recovery Solution III to restore.
Say you have 50/50 partition when you first boot-up – C & D drives.
Then you partition C into 2 parts – you now got C, D (use to be part of C) & E.
If for some reasons you need to use F4 (for Recovery), it will restore back to the 50:50 C & D drives.
Anything saved in the D (use to be part of C) will be gone.
Always backup and backup again. 🙂
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