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#1 English Teacher

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Posted 07 November 2012 - 04:43 PM

Hi,
Earlier this year I bought a new Laptop (ASUS X53SV) and as soon as I got it I made a recovery disc (turned out several discs not one).
Now I was wondering what happens if I had to replace my Hard Drive?
It has a recovery partition to reset it to the default factory settings if the system becomes corrupt etc, which I hope I will never use. However, if the drive needs to be replaced (all drives go one day!!) then the recovery partition is no good any more.
Pre-installed on the Laptop was the usual software bundles with trialware but more importantly the OS, in my case Windows 7.

Would these recovery discs make the(eventual)new Hard Drive a REAL copy of the current one as it was when I first got it AND usable with all the software? My concern is for the copy of Windows 7.
What else should I do? How could I save the Windows 7 OS? The manufacture doesn't give real discs any more!!
Apart from back up discs, should I make another Recovery one again? If so, how often should I do these?

Thanks in advance for any help or advice.
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Posted 07 November 2012 - 05:09 PM

Hi,

If you lost the hard drive those are the disk you can start the recovery. Disc 1 is the first one It will ask you for Disc two

What the program actually does its creates the same information on the partition to several disc. Which you have made. You can only use it on that laptop

You will have your OS(activated) and software bundle on it.

You can only run that program once it will disabled completely.

Please put those disk in a safe place. Those disks are your Recovery CD

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Posted 07 November 2012 - 06:54 PM

as soon as I got it I made a recovery disc (turned out several discs not one).

I usually make a set of Recovery / Back-up CDs about every 3 months. This way you will not lose data except the last few months of the computers life.
Now I have about 4 sets of my recovery CDs, plus a Retail backup set for resetting back to factory settings (cost $65 from Toshiba) -
Regular Hard Copy (being CDs) back-up is a good way to ensure too much data is not lost in the case of a major problem -

The current problems of some Rogue Infections can lock you out of your computer, and all you can do is reinstall from your latest CDs -

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Posted 07 November 2012 - 08:40 PM

I would invest also on the same hard drive type of atleast a bigger capacity and make an image of your current OS, settings, profile, files and programs while its not yet cluttered. This would save you the headache in the future. :killcomp:

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Posted 08 November 2012 - 04:12 AM

SO I should make another set of recovery discs.
This brings me to another question. If I do another recovery set, would that be how the computer is now or when it left the factory?
Despite this I still think it is better that the manufactures gave the discs already instead of the recovery partitions.

Edited by English Teacher, 08 November 2012 - 04:14 AM.

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Posted 08 November 2012 - 05:39 AM

SO I should make another set of recovery discs.
This brings me to another question. If I do another recovery set, would that be how the computer is now or when it left the factory?
Despite this I still think it is better that the manufactures gave the discs already instead of the recovery partitions.

If you do a set of CDs every 3 months, or so, the recovery is at the point of you making the CDs and not Factory, like your First ones may be.
If there is nothing you want to save (photos, games, personal data, etc ...) then only do a back-up once a year (or so), just for safety reasons.

You are always backing up to the date of your last set of CDs (or DVDs) with Current installed Data -

If you choose to purchase Preinstalled (OEM) then it saves a couple of dollars at the time, but you have the option to make your own CDs-
I made the mistake of not doing this, that is why I needed to purchase Reinstall Disks (Factory Install) from the maker -




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