Posted 03 February 2008 - 12:51 AM
My first computer was a custom built not a Dell dude that served me well for 5 1/2 years.
When that computer died a couple of months ago, my mother gave me her rarely used one year old Compaq. (the price was good, can't beat free) No recovery disks came with the computer, instead there is a recovery partition.
With my old computer, when I wanted to reinstall Windows, I popped in my XP Pro disk and let it do it's thing. Now I have a fear that the Compaq hard drive will crash and I won't be able to get to recovery. So I've been thinking about ways to back up that partition. I know I can get some blank cd discs and put it all on the discs. (FYI, it will take 14 discs) When I have a few hours to call my own, I'll work on that.
Has anyone ever done this, if you have about how long did it take?
Another thought I had: both hard drives from my old computer are still working. I have an enclosure that the 120 gb drive is in, and am wondering if I could also copy the recovery partition to that drive.
I'm a firm believer in backing up files and folders nine ways from Sunday, and I'd like to have at least 2 different backups of the Compaq recovery.
If I can copy it to my external source, will I need a special program to do it? Does Windows have something I can use? Nero includes a back up tool-would that work?
This off-the-shelf stuff is new to me so I'm clueless about how to back up the OS and the junk stuff included on this computer.
All input will be welcome.
To the moderators, if this is in the wrong forum, please move it. I'll find it.