Recovery Partition in Samsung® P530
Get to know more about role and benefits of recovery partition in Samsung P530
Samsung P530 is a 15.6 inch machine and a capable office notebook even without a graphics card because of the Core i3-330M with a clock speed of 2.13 GHz and 3 MB L2 Cache which is the smallest processor from Intel. An attractive feature of the i3-330M is Hyper-Threading (HT) where for each physical core, HT provides an additional, virtual core. Before the user turns on his Samsung P530, he can check the battery charge via the LED battery life prompt. With the acceptable luminance, the good input devices and the hard wearing surface, this laptop is well suited for travel.
The following discusses about the role and benefits of recovery partition in Samsung P530:
- Recovery Partition
- Typical Failure Modes
- Things to Remember
This laptop comes with a separate drive called Recovery, which is typically meant for recovery partition. It also includes a separate CD ROM which can launch a recovery environment. The recovery program in Samsung P530 will usually reformat the hard drive and then begin copying operating system and software files and after the recovery process is completed, configuration such as the Windows Out-Of-Box Experience wizard is first run as it was on the initial start up of the laptop.
Typical Failure Modes
Some volumes just disappear and the Disk Manager may show either unallocated space or something weird where the volumes are supposed to be. System may refuse to boot up by popping messages like "Bad or missing partition table", "Error loading operating system", or without any messages at all. Phantom volumes or free space areas may appear in the Disk Manager where the total storage capacity may be exceed the capacity of the physical disk because some volumes overlap with each other.
The key to successful partition recovery is getting to know the size and locations of the missing volumes. Partition recovery becomes more complicated when multiple volumes are involved, because the damage to Master Boot Record or somewhere early in the extended partition chain makes multiple volumes disappear at once. The most difficult part is then to define the boundaries between the volumes. FAT series file systems (FAT16 or FAT32) always place their metadata very close to the start of the volume.