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Just got a refurb W7 notebook. Any advise on when/what to back up?

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#1 brian2009


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Posted 05 March 2014 - 03:49 PM

I just got a refurbed Dell e6410 with Win 7 (because of the xp thing).

It just arrived. I haven't even fired it up yet, but I did notice it came with a Dell Win 7 sp1 x64 Restore disk.

I'm guessing this means there is a partition on the drive that contains the Win 7 (that's how my old Win XP came on a Dell notebook).

I was going to create an image of the hard drive 'as is' before I do any Windows Updates. Would this be the right thing to do? or should I do an image after all the Windows Updates are done. Doing both sounds redundant but seems safer to have both versions. I'd be keeping the images on a portable hard drive and probably copying the images to the HDD in my desktop as well for storage.

Anything else I should do before I start loading anything onto the new notebook?


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Posted 05 March 2014 - 09:34 PM


I was going to create an image of the hard drive 'as is' before I do any Windows Updates. Would this be the right thing to do

YES...................... You can never have too many backups. I would even clone the recovery partition if 1 is present.

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Posted 06 March 2014 - 12:32 PM

I noticed in the lower right corner of the desktop a message saying something like "this is not an authorized version of Windows (7)".

I don't want to back up until I figure out what that's about. The seller didn't include any setup info. There are a few helpful programs included on the computer so I'm hoping I don't need to re-install Windows.

I'd like to have some sort of idea what's up before I contact their customer service.

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Posted 09 March 2014 - 03:22 PM

That makes me think it was not bought from Dell.

I've never seen ""this is not an authorized version of Windows (7)" in a computer bought from Dell. If it did come from Dell You need to get in touch with them. If not You should get in touch with the Seller. That message as I see it portends future problems.


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