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Windows 7: Windows 7 repair Disc

15 Aug 2011   #1
alexsaurav

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit.
 
 
Windows 7 repair Disc

While preparing the repair disc for Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit),my first and second discs were completed successfully including disc check.But while preparing the third disc it showed that the files have been written on the disc but during disc check there was an unknown error and asked to prepare another disc.On checking all the discs they had equal number of files.I would like to know whether there is any need to prepare another disc as the recovery program is allowing to prepare the third (final) disc?


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15 Aug 2011   #2
marsmimar

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Hello Alex and welcome to Seven Forums.

A Windows 7 repair disk can be done on a single CD. Are trying to create recovery disks rather than a repair disk?

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15 Aug 2011   #3
alexsaurav

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit.
 
 

Ya I am trying to prepare the recovery disc.
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15 Aug 2011   #4
seavixen32

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

Hello Alex, welcome to Windows Seven Forums.

I assume you're talking about your computer manufacturer's system recovery discs rather than a Windows 7 repair disc, which is something different.

If the recovery program is creating the third and final disc, there's no need for your to prepare another one.

Just to clarify: the recovery discs you are creating can be used to recover your computer to its out-of-box factory state. A Windows repair disc is one you create to boot into the recovery environment to access Windows repair options if you don't have a Windows disc to boot into.

One final thought, if for any reason the recovery discs you are creating are faulty, let your computer manufacturer know and they will most likely send you a set of replacement discs free of charge if my experience with HP is anything to go by.
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15 Aug 2011   #5
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

(What PC have you got).
If your recovery program requires 3 disks (eg. Acer requires 2) and the 3rd failed a programmed disk check then feed another disk as it requests.
I'd make another fresh set as well if it allows you to.
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15 Aug 2011   #6
marsmimar

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

 
 

The big problem with recovery disks is there's really no way to make sure they burned properly other than to try to use them. And if you try to use them and find out one of the disks is bad, it's usually too late to do anything about it.

FWIW, I think once a computer is set up a System Image should be made. Maybe as soon as all Windows Updates are installed, SP1, IE9, and the anti-malware of choice. Then make a second image after all other optional programs are successfully installed. Then update that image weekly, nightly, or on whatever schedule is best for your needs. If and when your computer gets borked, use your latest system image to be back online in 30 minutes or less. The newer the system image the fewer updates you'll have to do.

IMHO.
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15 Aug 2011   #7
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

I agree that images are the most convenient fallback state. With my Acer machine I went back to factory condition once in its life but would have restored back to images ~20 times.
You can also image your recovery partition with free Macrium Reflect. I have used this successfully (and easily) to replace the recovery partition to a brand new HDD.
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15 Aug 2011   #8
gregrocker

 

If it asks for another disk then give it one. This is not something you second guess.

Recovery Disks are an unstable method to recover anyway and should be used as a backup to running the Factory Recovery partition from boot, or if the HD dies.

As stated your best Recovery method is after you have Win7 set up and running best, save a Win7 backup image to an external or secondary HD or on your network: Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup
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Here are tips for cleaning up preinstalled bloatware on a factory OEM computer: Reinstalling Windows 7
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