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Windows 7: Recovery disc problem,

09 Jul 2016   #1
bawldiggle

XP/7x32 & x64/8x64/8.1x64
 
 
Recovery disc problem,

My laptop's DVD/CD drive will not write anything and sometimes will not read either.
- I have tried a CD/DVD drive cleaner without success

Q1: Is it possible to make a recovery media on a USB stick ?
One option I have is to buy an external DVD/CD drive but some (cheap) devices do not write DVDs but will write CDs
Q2: If so what capacity USB stick would I need for 32bit Win7 Home Premium?
Q3: And how would I make the recovery USB-media ?
- a tutorial would be appreciated, specifically applying to USB stick

Thank you?


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09 Jul 2016   #2
bawldiggle

XP/7x32 & x64/8x64/8.1x64
 
 

I want to do a clean OS install on the same laptop.
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09 Jul 2016   #3
sml156

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bit 7601
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bawldiggle View Post
Q1: Is it possible to make a recovery media on a USB stick ?

Yes you can


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bawldiggle View Post
Q2: If so what capacity USB stick would I need for 32bit Win7 Home Premium?
I think a 4 gig drive will do


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bawldiggle View Post
Q3: And how would I make the recovery USB-media ?
- a tutorial would be appreciated, specifically applying to USB stick
This site has a download tool for many versions of Windows
https://heidoc.net/joomla/technology...-download-tool


This tutorial from SevenForums should help to.
Clean Install Windows 7
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09 Jul 2016   #4
it0uchpods

Windows 7 Professional x64, Windows Vista Ultimate x64, Ubuntu x64
 
 

Hi,

Q1: Rufus works very well.

Q2: 4GB USB Drivers work perfectly.

Q3: Do you have an ISO yet? If you do, run Rufus, use Create Bootable disk using: ISO Image, then press the button to the right, select your ISO. Then press Start. The USB will be create automatically.

Hope this helped!

Josh
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24 Jul 2016   #5
bawldiggle

XP/7x32 & x64/8x64/8.1x64
 
 

@sml156
@it0uchpods

Thank you both for your responses

I have Win7 Ultimate Media ISO (from DigitalRiver days), configured as multi versions
- both x32 and x64 on standby for a rainy day.
- it isn't raining yet !

I have Rufus (and others): used for other ISOs

Toshiba "drivers" are a concern if I do a clean install using ISO Win 7
- and I have never done a clean install . . . I would like to learn using recovery media

Somehwere in GregRockers tutorial (on this forum) I think there might have been a do's and dont's for removing crud from Toshiba specifically.

If all else fails I will resort to the ISO, and then try and chase up drivers

For now I would like to use recovery media to build up my confidence, and then move on ...

Thank you for your well intentioned advice

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My health has been a challenge lately, sorry for the delay in replying
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24 Jul 2016   #6
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Hi,
It's a desktop correct ?
Those are as easy as going to the manufactures website and use the snid (is what I use) which makes the search So much easier.
Tag is usually next to the activation key tag.
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24 Jul 2016   #7
DavidE

Multi-Boot W7_Pro_x64 W8.1_Pro_x64 W10_Pro_x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bawldiggle View Post
Somehwere in GregRockers tutorial (on this forum) I think there might have been a do's and dont's for removing crud from Toshiba specifically.
Here is the link to gregrocker's tutorial:
Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7

I don't see specific notes for Toshiba in the tutorial.
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