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Windows 7: Directions for backup up computer on external full format and restore.

10 Sep 2011   #11
jonsidneyb

windows 7 pro 32 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by seavixen32 View Post
Just to confirm you should have two discs with your Dell computer.

1. A green-coloured reinstallation DVD to re-install your operating system.

2. A grey-coloured drivers and utilties DVD to re-install any drivers and other utilities.

Any other drivers you are short of or that need updating can be downloaded from Dell Support.

Just put your Dell Service Tag in the search field and you'll be presented with every driver for your computer.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jonsidneyb View Post
What is a recovery partition. Wonders if I have one.
The recovery partition will be around 12 Gb in size and contains a factory image from which you can restore your Dell to its out-of-box state when you first bought the computer.

It does exactly the same job as the set of recovery discs you may or may not have created, but a lot quicker.
I only have one brown disk. I think I am in trouble. I don't have the utility disk.

I am going to try and see if I have a recovery partition. I am not sure if I do or not. I just read about a recovery partition when reading other stuff.


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10 Sep 2011   #12
karlsnooks

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

Jon,

No matter which approach you follow:

100% necessary is to perform a full scan on your computer using the Microsoft Standalone System Sweeper.


I notice that you say that your drive is encrypted.

Before running the scan and before doing any backup and restore, then decrypt your hard drive, uncompress any compressed file.

After doing the decryption and uncompression,
and then performing the full scan by "sweeper",
attach any log files in
\Windows\Standalone System Sweeper\Support
to your next post.

My System SpecsSystem Spec
10 Sep 2011   #13
jonsidneyb

windows 7 pro 32 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by karlsnooks View Post
Jon,

No matter which approach you follow:

100% necessary is to perform a full scan on your computer using the Microsoft Standalone System Sweeper.


I notice that you say that your drive is encrypted.

Before running the scan and before doing any backup and restore, then decrypt your hard drive, uncompress any compressed file.

After doing the decryption and uncompression,
and then performing the full scan by "sweeper",
attach any log files in
\Windows\Standalone System Sweeper\Support
to your next post.

Thanks,

I have not confirmed yet with google that this computer has a recovery partition. I am going to run out and get some blank DVD's and start digging again.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
.

10 Sep 2011   #14
seavixen32

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jonsidneyb View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by seavixen32 View Post
Just to confirm you should have two discs with your Dell computer.

1. A green-coloured reinstallation DVD to re-install your operating system.

2. A grey-coloured drivers and utilties DVD to re-install any drivers and other utilities.

Any other drivers you are short of or that need updating can be downloaded from Dell Support.

Just put your Dell Service Tag in the search field and you'll be presented with every driver for your computer.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jonsidneyb View Post
What is a recovery partition. Wonders if I have one.
The recovery partition will be around 12 Gb in size and contains a factory image from which you can restore your Dell to its out-of-box state when you first bought the computer.

It does exactly the same job as the set of recovery discs you may or may not have created, but a lot quicker.
I only have one brown disk. I think I am in trouble. I don't have the utility disk.

I am going to try and see if I have a recovery partition. I am not sure if I do or not. I just read about a recovery partition when reading other stuff.
If you only have one disc it is probably the system restore disc, which restores your computer to its factory state.

As far as I'm aware Dell no longer send out separate DVDs.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
10 Sep 2011   #15
jonsidneyb

windows 7 pro 32 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by seavixen32 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jonsidneyb View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by seavixen32 View Post
Just to confirm you should have two discs with your Dell computer.

1. A green-coloured reinstallation DVD to re-install your operating system.

2. A grey-coloured drivers and utilties DVD to re-install any drivers and other utilities.

Any other drivers you are short of or that need updating can be downloaded from Dell Support.

Just put your Dell Service Tag in the search field and you'll be presented with every driver for your computer.



The recovery partition will be around 12 Gb in size and contains a factory image from which you can restore your Dell to its out-of-box state when you first bought the computer.

It does exactly the same job as the set of recovery discs you may or may not have created, but a lot quicker.
I only have one brown disk. I think I am in trouble. I don't have the utility disk.

I am going to try and see if I have a recovery partition. I am not sure if I do or not. I just read about a recovery partition when reading other stuff.
If you only have one disc it is probably the system restore disc, which restores your computer to its factory state.

As far as I'm aware Dell no longer send out separate DVDs.
The disk says not for reinstalation of programs or drivers.

I have disks now. It is time to see if I have a recovery partition.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
10 Sep 2011   #16
jonsidneyb

windows 7 pro 32 bit
 
 

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10 Sep 2011   #17
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

You can Order Dell recovery disks from here:
Dell - Support
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10 Sep 2011   #18
jonsidneyb

windows 7 pro 32 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by theog View Post
You can Order Dell recovery disks from here:
Dell - Support
I will order them so I can have them but I need to try and get this computer back quick as it is how I make my living.

What do you guys think of this?


Download Dell E6410 Windows 7 Drivers, Dell E6410 Drivers Windows System Recovery Disk 2.2 free Download
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10 Sep 2011   #19
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Jon,

Personally I would recommend for you to save yourself $15 from not buying that disc from a 3rd party, and just download all of the drivers for your specific computer model directly from Dell at the link below for free. You can save the driver installation files to another location like a DVD or USB flash drive. After you are finished doing the factory recovery, you can install the drivers one by one.

Drivers & Downloads
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10 Sep 2011   #20
jonsidneyb

windows 7 pro 32 bit
 
 

I ran the standalone system sweeper and it came up clean. I was quite surprised.
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