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#1 Queen-Evie

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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.
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Posted 03 February 2008 - 08:01 AM

IME it takes forever to make all them CD's (my wife made 17 for her HP laptop!).
The program will run automatically and usually works flawlessly

You can backup the recovery partition, and I'm sure that it'll have some use - but I wonder how you'll be able to access it. I don't know how the routing is built into the Compaq's, nor do I now if the recovery partition is bootable (that'd require a disk image rather than a backup of the files).

By far, IMO, the easiest solution is to contact Compaq and order their recovery disks. $20 or less (US) and in 4 or 5 days you'll have them. And it's a lot easier to restore from them than it is from the recovery CD's that you'd make!
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Posted 03 February 2008 - 11:29 AM

Thanks for your input. I think the best option would be contacting HP and ordering whatever I need.
Then I can make at least one backup copy of what I receive. (had a driver cd once that cracked when I put it in the cd drive-since then I make a copy of every software cd I get)

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Posted 03 February 2008 - 11:57 AM

A copy of the CD prevents you from having to order the CD again (and from a more expensive result if HP/Compaq decides to discontinue those CD's).

If it's essential to the system - I always back it up in several ways (say a recovery partition and a restore CD).
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