Restore partition problems

Discussion in 'Windows 7' started by FriendlyG, Sep 7, 2012.

  1. FriendlyG

    FriendlyG MDL Novice

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    Okay so the issue I have come across is this. Have a newer samsung notebook, bought second hand, with the hidden partion still there. Some how the previous owner has made a backup image of his account in windows and saved it over top of the original restore image.
    When using the factory restore feature it replaces the old users files, accounts and his passwords. Even phoned Samsung about this and they cant fix it. I need to find a way to remove his backup image and use the original image file to restore this unit back to factory conditions to resell. Anyone know how this is possible?
     
  2. Simpuhl

    Simpuhl MDL Senior Member

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  3. anarchist9027

    anarchist9027 MDL Expert

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    At this point, you would probably be better off downloading an official ISO from Microsoft from this list:http://forums.mydigitallife.net/thr...1-and-SP1-Media-Refresh-Direct-Download-Links. You can then download your edition that your COA label describes on the bottom of your laptop. If you cannot find your edition of Windows, don't sweat it. Download an edition and use this tool to activate: http://forums.mydigitallife.net/threads/24901-Windows-Loader-Current-release-information. As always, if you do use Daz's Windows Loader, make sure you read about it 1st and then select your edition of Windows to download. Cheers :D

     
  4. FriendlyG

    FriendlyG MDL Novice

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    ty for the quick replies, I am looking to fix the hidden partition so the next person to own it can use the restore partition to reload windows.
     
  5. Simpuhl

    Simpuhl MDL Senior Member

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  6. LatinMcG

    LatinMcG Bios Borker

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    cant fix what is deleted.
     
  7. Muad'Dib

    Muad'Dib MDL Novice

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    I am here only for the advertisement ;-): use Parted Magic (sorry, I cannot post a link yet, so search for it) for your partitioning (there is a nice ISO 9660 image that you can burn).
    GNU Parted lets you create partitions with sector accuracy easily, which is great for image recovery scenarios.

    As for your problem... If the manufacturer cannot (or will not) fix it (such as by sending you a recovery CD/DVD to restore the partition), I am afraid there is little else we can do... I am afraid that you will have to live with the extra space and rely on CD/DVD recovery from now onwards.
     
  8. Simpuhl

    Simpuhl MDL Senior Member

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    Seriously, id us Windows Easy Tranfer to copy your current profile and personal files.. do a full restore and during the setup delete all the other paritions and format... install windows and then use Windows Easy Tranfer to copy them back
     
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  9. supaduper

    supaduper MDL Member

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    #9 supaduper, Sep 10, 2012
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    What samsung model is it? I have loads of Acronis images of saved systems where I have saved the recovery partition as well.
     
  10. LatinMcG

    LatinMcG Bios Borker

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    the only thing i know can recover (if not overwritten) is find and mount