December 28, 2008 at 11:06 am #160303LesaultMember
I thought my experiences over the weekend may save someone some time if they hit the same problems…
I installed Truecrypt on my NC10 and encrypted the system partition. This was easy enought to do, although as the NC10 does not have a CD writer, I used rawrite32 to write the recovery disk ISO to a USB key as a hack to allow the install to continue. This was a bad idea as you cannot actually use the USB key to recover your system if it goes wrong.
Things were working fine until I decided to roll my system back to a restore point – the restore point was prior to me encrypting the disk. When I rebooted, I was prompted for the truecrypt password as usual, then windows began to load and then bluescreened. I decided to use the Samsung recovery option of pressing F4 at the start of the boot process but this did not work – the truecrypt prompt kept coming up.
My hypothesis is that the Samsung recovery requires something in the MBR which is overwritten by encrypting your system with Truecrpt. I tried booting into linux from the USB and fdisking the MBR but had no success.
I eventually gave up on restoring the system without using the supplied CDs. I bought a cheap USB external DVD drive (LG GE20) and reinstalled windows from the blue Samsung CD, then installed the Samsung drivers etc from the pink Samsung DVD. I’ve now reencrypted my system disk and burned a working recovery disk. Once I installed all my standard software and set things up as I like them, I imaged my disk using Diskimage XML in case I need to recover things again. – Excellent tutorial at http://www.runtime.org/peb.htm
* Netbooks are really easy to lose – use some encryption to protect yourself!
* Make sure you have a recovery disk
* An external CD-rom is extremely useful
* The recovery from CD is painless and quick
LesaultDecember 28, 2008 at 11:27 am #177659PanManMember
Sammy appears to use GRUB before the main windows bootloader (hit c as its booting to get into it)
I don’t know enough about GRUB but is it possible to reconfigure that at boot time to get around this sort of problem?
(I dont get an option to boot into Samsung Recovery since setting up as Dual Boot XP/Vista)
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