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Windows 7: Creating a system image on DVDs vs. making factory OEM restore discs

02 Feb 2012   #11

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Yes, this one.
How to make a new OEM Notebook into a brick, by removing OEM software.
New laptop, changing partition disks?

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02 Feb 2012   #12

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bassfisher6522 View Post
I just found this thread doing a google search. I'm in the same boat as the original poster. I bought this Samsung RV511 laptop back in July of 2011. Like original poster I can't find anything on this laptop to make factory recovery disc. It has this thing called Samsung Recovery Solution 5 which will allow you to recover to factory specs from the HDD but there is no option to make recovery discs. WHY? I have contacted Samsung and waiting for a reply. Every other branded pc laptop maker has this option so why doesn't Samsung? Strange.
It may be of interest to you and others to provide some detail on what is on the Recovery partition. You can do this quite safely using Partition Wizard's "Explore Partition" feature.
If you know what is on there you can get an idea how to do the recovery "manually".
(Normally I'd say go to the manufacturer but you have been there!!!!!)
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02 Feb 2012   #13

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Vista x64 / 7 X64

Do those come with a program which offers to make a backup image to an external Device?

If there is already a manufacturer recovery somewhere on the drive - you should be able to copy that - manually if necessary.
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02 Feb 2012   #14

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1

A hidden partition is referred to so I'm guessing it is a recovery partition.
I always recommend imaging recovery partitions with something like Macrium Reflect. You can definitely replace them to a new HDD if your old one dies.

But knowing what is in the recovery partition will tell you what the recovery mechanism is.
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