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Computer Recovery Disks: How to Create
These days manufacturers are cutting cost everywhere they can. One of them is not
shipping the recovery discs with the computer that you may have just purchased. Sadly,
most consumers don't know or realize this until it is too late and the computer has
crashed. In this article we will discuss some of the expectations of a recovery
disc, how to create them yourself, and other alternative methods.
If you have purchased recently a new computer and it doesn't have a set of recovery
discs in the packaging, it is already on your hard drive in a special partition.
Normally this partition may me named something to the effect of "restore" or "recovery."
Now is a really good idea to create a couple of recovery discs to put away somewhere
you can find them later should you need them. If you don't create these discs, and
find yourself with a crashed system, you will be shelling out $15.00 to $40.00 dollars
for shipping and handling. The manufacturers say these discs are "free," however
I find it hard to swallow that mailing a couple of DVD's are that expensive. Anyway,
onto how to create your own recovery discs.
Every manufactured computer, be it Dell, Gateway, HP, Sony, etc. all have a special
partition created on the hard drive of the computer. This partition contains the
recovery data that would restore the computer back to factory defaults as when you
first turned it on. Creating these discs are fairly simple, although you may need
more than a few DVD's to complete the take. If you have Windows XP or Vista, and
have not deleted it off the start menu, you will find a program to create the restore
discs. Below is a list of the current names of some major manufacturers restore
programs to create the recovery discs.
• Dell: Click on Start, All Programs, then Dell Accessories, and Dell OS Recovery
• HP: Click on Start, All Programs, PC Help & Tools, and then Recovery Disk Creation.
• Gateway: Click on Start, All Programs, System Recovery, and then Recovery Media
• Sony: On the desktop, press F1 key to bring up Windows Help & Support, Locate
Sony Recovery Center Icon and press, then select create recovery discs.
Be warned that all the programs above will create recovery discs that do not save
any personal data. These discs will restore a computer back to the factory default
as when you first purchased it. It is recommended to backup all your data to another
media, if you have a broadband Internet connection, we recommend Mozy.com for online
backup. It is easy and painless. If you prefer to use other media such as DVD's,
cd's, flash drives, then go for it, but please backup your data before proceeding
with a restore. The restore process will wipe out all data currently on the computer.
Alternatively, instead of using the system restore disc creation, you could always
just just an authentic operating system disc using your OEM Certificate of Authenticity
key on your computer's chassis. Doing it this way is starting from scratch, meaning
that you will be installing everything manually such as drivers and programs. This
method could take up to 8 hours depending on your technical knowledge. We would
not recommend the average user going this route in restoring a computer, however
it is the best route for a clean installation.