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#1 rowal5555

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Posted 24 June 2006 - 04:50 AM

My IMedia M215 came with XPHome and utilities preinstalled, therefore no hard copy of the recovery system. On the advice or the retailer, I clicked on the disk icon in Smart Restore and now have 3 CDs of that info, but it has been removed from my harddrive. I would like to copy it back on.

In the ComputerManagement/DiskDefragmenter window, the following is showing (and it is only here):
RESTDONE FAT32 Capacity 3.90GB 99% Free
HDD (C:) NTFS etc etc.

I am not game to just put the CDs in my D: drive in case it starts doing a Restore to factory settings.
Can I do a drag & drop to the above window or is there another procedure????

Thanks for any info.

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Posted 24 June 2006 - 10:54 AM

I think that once you have created the restore CDs there is no way to put the original restore files back onto the restore partition. And, yes, if you use the restore CDs they will wipe your system and put the installation back to where it was when you first got it, except for the resore partition.

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Posted 24 June 2006 - 12:01 PM

pascor22234 is partially correct. You can't restore the data back to the recovery partition after you have made the recovery discs without reformatting the user partition at the same time.
The recovery discs do however recreate the restore partiton, even on a new freshly formatted drive.
After the data is copied to the restore partition, the user partition is created and formatted.
In other words, if you replace the drive with a new one and use the recovery cd's, you get a restore partition wether you like it or not.

Edited by HitSquad, 24 June 2006 - 12:07 PM.


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Posted 24 June 2006 - 07:37 PM

Thanks guys.

I may just replace my 40GB HDD with a bigger Seagate and use the restore disks to start over.

I learned my lesson the hard way and now have backups of everything. My new D: Samsung DVD-RW came with the Nero Suite, including BackitUp, so I spent all last Sunday afternoon backing up my whole C: drive, plus selected bits - now have disks coming out my ears.

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Posted 24 June 2006 - 09:42 PM

When you get your new hard drive it will probably come with a cd that will migrate what is on your old hdd to the new one. If it doesn't come with this software most hdd manufacturers have it available to download from their support sites.

If your system is operating without problems that may be preferable to restoring your system to the condition it was in when new as it will include your added programs , your settings and your data which the factory restore will not.

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Posted 24 June 2006 - 09:47 PM

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