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Windows 7: Question about system Recovery Disk

02 Feb 2010   #11
TrDo

Windows
 
 

Hey guys, I thought this was a help forum. But apparently no one wants to help.

Thanks anyway.

TrDo


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02 Feb 2010   #12
nate42nd

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by TrDo View Post
Hey everyone,

I'm new in this forum. It's nice to be here.

I'm planning to buy a new Toshiba laptop with Win7-Home Premium-64.

I would appreciate if anyone could tell me whether in the Win7 Home Premium edition MS has included the Recovery CD option and the Image Backup option.

At the moment I'm running Win Vista Home Premium, and as you all know these options are not included.

Thanks in advance.

TrDo.
Yes, Windows 7 Home Premium now has imaging built in. It's good to have.

Hope this helps
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02 Feb 2010   #13
TrDo

Windows
 
 

Thanks nate42nd. I appreciate it.

Take care.

TrDo.
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02 Feb 2010   #14
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

The recovery CD you burn from the recovery partition with the wizard (you need tw DVD-R's) and yes it has image backup. Just go to Backup and Restore. But I prefer to use the free Macrium - it is more reliable.
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02 Feb 2010   #15
TrDo

Windows
 
 

Thanks alot whs. I haven't tried this app, the Macrium I mean. I've heard good things about it and I also read your threads here in this forum.

At the moment, on my desktop-with Vista HP- I have 2 Seagate drives, and as such I use the free Seagate Disc Wizard which is a 'cut' version of Acronis. Very reliable and easy to use. The issue is that you need to have a Seagate HDD to use it.

On my intended Toshiba laptop, there is no Seagate Drive, so there goes the Seagate Disc Wizard. Further the Win7 comes at 64b, and even if I use a known workaround which makes the Disc Wizard to operate in a non-Seagate Drive, still the version I have I'm not sure if it supports 64b.

Since Toshiba does not provide Win7 Installation/Recovery disc it was quite important to know whether Win7 Home Premium would support such action.

Although Toshiba A500 comes with Toshiba HDD Recovery software, still I cannot comprehend the ways that such a software could replace the Win7 Installation/Recovery disc. I believe that this is a b/s software, since it can only restore the HDD back to its original/factory state.

Thanks.

TrDo.
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02 Feb 2010   #16
gregrocker

 

Yes, Home Premium has Win7 Backup Imaging.

You can always create a Repair CD if you dont' have a Win7 DVD.
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02 Feb 2010   #17
nate42nd

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Yes, the software that comes with computers will just restore to factory state. I have used Macrium and Windows imaging and have never found Windows 7 imaging to be anything but great. Macrium is fine too.

If you DO use Macrium, I would try to restore an image because I ahve had nothing but trouble with it. It CREATES an image just great, but I have had many problems restoring them with Macrium. Windows 7 imaging has NEVER failed once and I have used it many, many times to restore.

It's up to you, good luck. It's good to have an image, but you need to be able to use it if you need it.
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02 Feb 2010   #18
TrDo

Windows
 
 

Thanks gregrocker and nate42nd.

One question though: Will restoring the image back up of the pc (either with Macrium or the Win7 built-in app) destroy the partition where the System Recovery Options are stored?

Thanks.

P.S. This new tactics of pc manufacturers not providing an instasllation DVD is really lousy.
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02 Feb 2010   #19
nate42nd

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

I hate to answer greg's question, but when you restore an image, most programs will create the same partition size and exact data as when the image was made. There are some other options on some programs, but most of them will re-format the partition and restore the data from when the image was made.

The little 200MB partition will not be affected unless you include it in the image. Only the imaged partitions will be restored. Windows 7 imaging includes that partition when making the image if that's what you mean....

If you mean a factory partition....if you include it in your image, it will restore it If you don't it will leave it. You will have the option at restore to "exclude" disks. You could "exclude" the factory partition.
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02 Feb 2010   #20
TrDo

Windows
 
 

Hi nate42nd. Thanks for your reply.

Yes I mean factory partition. Toshiba uses it to store the System Recovery Otions, and if I'm not mistaken it contains also the Operating system files in case you want to re-install.

How can I avoid deleting this when trying to restore with Win7 Image built-in functionality?

Thanks.

TrDo.
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