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I just did a HDD swap in a samsung laptop (model # NP355E5C-A01AU) and i cloned all the recovery partitions, everything but the main (C:) partition. I am now trying to boot from the recovery partition with the new HDD and it wont boot from it. And no there's no recovery discs as the old HDD had pretty much failed. There hardly any info/drivers on the samsung website, they are pretty poor in this regard IMO, but my question is, is there a way to get this laptop to boot from the recovery partition?? its a windows 8 partition if that helps.
 
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If you still have the old HDD intact, start over and use some decent software this time. Like GParted. Fire it up, make a new partition table (GPT) on the new HDD, then copy the partition(s). Then try booting it.
It sounds like you may have changed the Boot Priority in BIOS to have the DVD drive on top. If you have a disc in the drive, maybe the system is stuck trying to boot that.
I would boot into BIOS settings (F2) and change the Boot Priority so that your hard drive is first on the list. Also while in there, eject the DVD in the drive (if there is one). On my model it's Fn-Delete to eject, but it may be different on yours.
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Edited by eviebruce - 11/21/13 at 10:32pm
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If the original was failing and that is what prompted you to buy a new one and clone it, it's possible the failing drive corrupted the cloned drive beyond repair. If eviebruce's suggestion about boot priorities doesn't work, then:

What I suggest doing is getting a copy of Windows 8, nothing cracked or anything extra illegal like that, and make sure it's 8 and not 8.1. You can download it online (you can guess where) but not directly from Microsoft without a product key, or you could try asking a local computer shop very nicely to burn you a copy or to give them a USB drive and put it on there for you (negotiate a price for this, don't expect it to be free, if you're willing to even pay $10 for it they are MUCH more likely to help you). And then just pop the DVD or USB drive in, boot from it, and reinstall Windows. Don't worry about finding your product key or activating anything, the Windows 8 product key is hardcoded onto your motherboard and when you install Windows, it will be detected and automatically activated (doesn't work if the machine was originally Windows 7 of course).
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