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Trying to make a recovery disc


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#1 ecampvet

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Posted 19 July 2011 - 05:50 PM

I am trying to make a recovery disc to back up my windows 7 and the computer is not seeing the disc in drive "D". The discs are CD-RW 12X 700MB/Mo, what am I doing wrong?

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#2 MarkGS

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Posted 19 July 2011 - 07:56 PM

For one you need DVD's. What brand computer do you have? How old is the computer? Does the computer read any cd's?

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Posted 20 July 2011 - 04:22 PM

the second problem is that ReWritable disks are not as durable as Single use disks. Get the real Verbatim DVD blanks not their Life series which is junk.

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Posted 20 July 2011 - 08:08 PM

What's "best" is what works on the user's hardware. Does no good to have the "best" if it doesn't work on your hw. Many people swear by TY and they may be good blanks, but on HP machines in particular every time I've tried them they only work at the lowest speed.

It so happens Verbatim work well in my burners and players. But it may not be so for everyone.

I agree on RW disc media. I only use them for video test burns. Way too ephemeral for any kind of backup.

edit: once you have some customization time invested in your set up it's a good idea to get an extra HD such as external USB or internal drive with a docking station and make image backups. You can find several free imaging programs on TheFreeCountry site.

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Posted 21 July 2011 - 10:44 AM

FWIW I have used the Verbatim blanks to make recovery media in Sony, Acer, HP, Compaq & Toshiba, Laptops mostly with no problems.

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Posted 21 July 2011 - 03:56 PM

Are we talking about Win7's System Repair disk, or something like an HP proprietary recovery disk? Nowhere have I seen that the Win7 repair disk has to be a DVD, a CD is perfectly adequate.

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Posted 24 July 2011 - 09:53 PM

I would suggest placing another CD/DVD in the drive and ensuring it is visible by the computer. Once confirmed, insert a blank DVD. This assumes 1) it is a DVD writable drive 2) the program you are using supports DVD and 3) the drive is visible with another CD/DVD.

I've seen some systems allow either a DVD or CD for their recovery disc. Be sure to review the instructions closely.

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