Question on the Recovery 5 system for samsung notebook --- i ran the backup from samsung recovery 5 and did the 'complete restore' -- the dvds are bootable (1st one) -- there were 5 of them about 30GB in total.
The software is not as specific as it should be. There is no FAQ for 5 on Sam's website that I can find yet vers. 3 and 4 are referenced though.
It claims in the advanced tab that it can restore entire hard drive -- if one put in a new harddrive would it actually create the restore/recovery partition and boot/C/D partitions correctly? Samsung seems to have 4 partitions ..two large, 1 100mb for boot, C (system) and D (data) and a recovery partition hidden and not a normal file system it seems (not mountable)
Many people mentioned problems with different sized partitions giving errors when doing recovery etc etc -- it remains unclear if it is in deed a full factory restore to OEM or not. The large 30GB size makes me think it would simply revert back to the installation at time of backup and may not actually contain the recovery partition area.
It does allow you to adjust size for C and D but i'm looking at the original undamaged drive in this case. I don't know what would happen with a replacement or new drive.
5 also allows a system DVD but that does not appear to have the system on it rather drivers and samsung software (unless i missed it - again poor articulation in the software)
I need to know if this is indeed a complete recovery or not - specifically will it restore/recovery partition at the end of the drive and allow f4 restore to work (lets assume a new drive or replacement of the failed drive in this case).
Also they now include a 'System recovery media' DVD but booting from that bring seems to be only a win 7 installer with no other options for factory restore that I can see.
As a last resort that would be fine to get win 7 going again but then presumably we'd not have the f4 recovery option if the drive were formatted or a new replacement drive.
help appreciated/ thanks in advance