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Windows 7: Recovery disk


06 Dec 2010   #1

 
Recovery disk

I Have just noticed this thing called recovery disk creation. Is that the same thing as either my repair disk or my back up disk. I tried to do it. But it said that there was no partition on my system. Is there anyway that I can do this I want to make sure my computer is completely safe if i can.

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06 Dec 2010   #2
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

The recovery disk is to be burnt from the recovery partition. But apparently you somehow lost that partition. The recovery disk is used for reinstalling your system or for system repair.

An alternate repair disk you can get here (Option 2): System Repair Disc - Create

For reinstallation, I suggest you make an image: Imaging with free Macrium
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06 Dec 2010   #3

 

I have a brand new computer. How would I lose my partition. My computer is maybe 2 weeks old.
To do imaging. Can I do it onto a CD?
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06 Dec 2010   #4

Systems 1 and 2: Windows 7 Enterprise x64, Win 8 Developer
 
 

This is what the recovery disk can do for you:


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06 Dec 2010   #5
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Well, I only concluded that from what you said.

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But it said that there was no partition on my system
But check in Computer whether there is a recovery partition (usually D).

For imaging you should have an external disk. But it is possible to make images on DVDs (not CDs). Depending on the size of the data on your C, it will take 2 or 3 DVDs. Figure about 8GBs of the data (not the size of the partition) on C will fit on one DVD.
But you may want to image more frequently as you go. That's why we always recommend to do it to external disks. If you want to study a full blown imaging strategy, read this tut I have made on the matter: http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials...trategies.html
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06 Dec 2010   #6

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
Well, I only concluded that from what you said.

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But it said that there was no partition on my system
But check in Computer whether there is a recovery partition (usually D).

For imaging you should have an external disk. But it is possible to make images on DVDs (not CDs). Depending on the size of the data on your C, it will take 2 or 3 DVDs. Figure about 8GBs of the data (not the size of the partition) on C will fit on one DVD.
But you may want to image more frequently as you go. That's why we always recommend to do it to external disks. If you want to study a full blown imaging strategy, read this tut I have made on the matter: http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials...trategies.html
I see I have it locked. i will unlock it. then try it.
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06 Dec 2010   #7

 

I got it to work. But now I need non rewritable disks
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06 Dec 2010   #8
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Chiumiento View Post
I got it to work. But now I need non rewritable disks
R/W DVDs tend to be less stable over time than non R/W.
When you say you "unlocked" something I'm not sure what that meant. Just make sure you are making the factory recovery disks and use a quality brand you've found good in the past.
* Factory recovery disks - used to restore the PC to the state you bought it in.
(store them away for safe keeping)
* Normal image recovery - Made from images you make from time to time using the inbuilt windows imaging and maybe another for safety in case one fails (Macrium - WHS refers to is good). This returns your computer to the state it was when you made the image (snap shot). It includes all your programs ....everything. You don't want to go all the way back to the factory condition unless you need to. Use an external HDD (not your main HDD) for to store these images. DVDs are not a good idea for this.
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06 Dec 2010   #9

Windows 7 Pro/Ultimate x 64 & Windows 8.1 x 64
 
 

When you do make your recovery disks keep in mind that you can only make one set and keep them in a safe place as they will return your computer to factory condition and are a fail safe should imaging fail . Also do not interrupt the recovery disc process for any reason by cancelling the process or shutting down the computer.

There is also complete information on making recovery disks on the support & drivers page for your model and the link should be in one of the HP folders or through the help button which should contain an HP page with helpful links and the 3rd option would be to also look in any HP folders for any user manuals.
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06 Dec 2010   #10

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mjf View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Chiumiento View Post
I got it to work. But now I need non rewritable disks
When you say you "unlocked" something I'm not sure what that meant.
what I meant was I unlocked my recovery drive. I used bitlocker. It locks my recovery drive so no one can get into it unless they have the password. I think that is what is it for.
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