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Windows 7: Creating Recovery disc....on upgraded used laptop

31 Dec 2013   #1
pappi

 
Creating Recovery disc....on upgraded used laptop

In two days, (Jan. 2nd) I am receiving a three year old used HP Pavilion dv7-2173cl Notebook which was upgraded to W7 Pro just prior to shipment. I have never acquired a used laptop. Thus I am cludeless on what to expect about creating recovery discs. Is it possible?

If not, what is my alternative in having some sort of resource in recovering OS in case of system collapse/malfunction? I have the implied understanding that upgrading was not through OEM discs(meaning, done online).


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31 Dec 2013   #2
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Easiest is when you make an image.

Imaging with free Macrium
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31 Dec 2013   #3
pappi

 

OK, I just received this reply from seller:

"you can make a backup disc using win7 tools. the os came from an oem hp disc and windows is activated.the procedure is the same for a used computer as with a new computer foe backing up just follow instructions."

I am not sure I understand this statement.
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31 Dec 2013   #4
whs
Microsoft MVP

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31 Dec 2013   #5
pappi

 

Thanks.... which is better, discs or USB flash? If USB flash, how many GB storage should I get?
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31 Dec 2013   #6
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pappi View Post
Thanks.... which is better, discs or USB flash? If USB flash, how many GB storage should I get?
Disk is a lot better. Images can be very large depending on the size of your C partitions. Figure 65% of the amount of data in C. Mine are typically 40GB and I keep about 10 historic copies. I do one once per week.

But you also need a recovery CD or stick. The .iso download link is in the tutorial - saves you 2 hours of WAIK download.
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31 Dec 2013   #7
gregrocker

 

Ask the seller for the documentation to prove WIn7 is Genuine, a COA sticker that shows the version and Product Key. It's not legal to sell the OS without it.

With this key you can always Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7. Look over those steps now to see what works best for Win7 to maintain it, too.

Once you get Win7 set up to your liking you can save a backup image as suggested so if it ever becomes irreparable you can simply reimage the HD from the stored image. Easiest is the built-in Win7 imaging: Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup although many here like another freeware Macrium - Image your system .

Post back how the PC and Win7 is working for you, a screenshot of Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image - Windows 7 Help Forums so we can see what else is on there since it may still have old partitions that you can reclaim the space from.
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03 Jan 2014   #8
pappi

 

I have no Recovery Partition. And no Recovery Manager. I miss Vista.
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03 Jan 2014   #9
Golden
Microsoft MVP

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
Easiest is when you make an image.

Imaging with free Macrium
This is indeed the easiest method
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03 Jan 2014   #10
pappi

 

The white flag at the notification area of taskbar kept nagging me to back up file. So I did. But it took only one DVD. Does this lone DVD contain everything there is in this PC? Seems unlikely, eh?

Like, I need to do more?

I wanted to create multi-discs Recovery Image, like what we do first, before anything, with brand new laptop. But I have no clue how to proceed, how much media I need...and which media is preferable. Someone advised me to get an external HD.
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