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How to create system recovery discs?


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#1 DnDer

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Posted 01 July 2012 - 12:14 PM

Just picked up my first Win7 computer, and it came with no discs. No surprise there, but I'd like to make some recovery discs, but not the kind that Windows says you can make. I don't want access to tools for recovery, I want access to a physical install of the OS and the drivers.

Like the discs enterprise people get when they buy their machines. I must be googling wrong, because all I'm finding are results that teach me how to create a recovery tools disc, which isn't quite what I'm looking for.

Can anyone offer any advice?

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Posted 01 July 2012 - 12:40 PM

Hi DnDer, could you please give a bit more information?

What favor of Win7 do you have? x64, x86 home, professional, ultimate?

Do you have more than one hard drive in your system OR more than just the C: partition? You need at another (different) partition large enough to hold a system image.

Did you system come preloaded with lots of software installed or just the basic OS?

I am assuming you want to create something that, in the event of a failure of your system, you have something that will allow you to restore your system to the state it was in when you picked up your system (and at stages after this).

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Edited by Broyd, 01 July 2012 - 12:42 PM.


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Posted 01 July 2012 - 01:01 PM

Or look here:

Start > Control Panel > System Security > Backup your computer > Create System Image

then

Select: One or more DVDs OR On a hard disk (if you have another partition)

then

Select: Which drives do you want to include in the backup. (Normally just C:)


You then need to create a recovery DVD, that you boot from, (this loads enough of the operating system to do the restore operation) from the system image you have created. You will need to make one of these recovery disks.

Edited by Broyd, 01 July 2012 - 01:05 PM.


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Posted 01 July 2012 - 01:38 PM

1 hard drive, home premium, 64-bit, 1 hdd, 1 dvd multi-recorder drive. It came with some software pre-installed on it, but nothing horrible that I can't uninstall myself. Except for an internet history, I haven't done anything to the machine yet.

A system image looks like a good place to start. And, to answer part of your question, I was looking for basically an OS disc. In the event that I just ever want to nuke my laptop and start from nothing, I would have windows to install, to go with the license that's on the bottom of the machine. (Which I can't do now without paying for an OEM (I presume) disc of 7 home premium 64-bit, as far as I understand.)

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Posted 01 July 2012 - 01:59 PM

Ya, I know where you're coming from. You buy a system, pay for the OS but they don't give you the OS install and driver disks in the event you want to completely rebuild your system from scratch. There are perfectly working copies of any/every version of Win7 on the net 'for free' but even mentioning that in here is most likely forbidden. Good hunting though :).

In the meantime, the system image will restore your system to exactly the way it was when you picked it up, or after you have cleaned it up to your satisfaction or after you have added the software you want on it. You can make a whole series of images whenever you think you have a stable system worth saving.

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Posted 01 July 2012 - 06:50 PM

If you brought it from a retail store you have it install on your system by a Recovery partition that partition is located via f-8 at boot up or some other function key or Broyd instructions by using back up and recovery

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Posted 01 July 2012 - 07:30 PM

Create disks of the recovery partition. I know some systems will let you do that. Start/All Programs. Look for any folders that named (your computer brand). Look under those folders to see if there is an option to create the disks.

If there is one it should tell you how many disks you will need and what type.

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Posted 01 July 2012 - 07:39 PM

I bought it retail, from Best Buy. However, the Data partition seems to be empty. Revealing the system folders shows me two folders.

$RECYCLE.BIN and "System Volume Information"

I do not appear to have a recovery partition at all. So it's going to be doubly important to get my hands on some DVDs post-haste and follow Broyd's instructions.

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Posted 01 July 2012 - 08:37 PM

Success: image created on the empty partition. Restore DVD created, too. I should be good to go, but an external drive would probably be the more secure option over the partition I just filled...

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Posted 02 July 2012 - 08:59 AM

Manufacturers usually have a Recovery Disk creation utility in the folder for the manufacturer listed in the All Programs section of your start menu. Depending on which company you got your computer from it may be a little difficult to locate or very easy to locate; but it is usually part of that folder. These disks will restore your machine to out-of -the box condition.




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