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Create Install Disk? / Make Recovery Disk?

May 15, 2010 at 03:14:00
Specs: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium

I just purchased a new Toshiba laptop preloaded with Windows 7 Home Premium OEM. Apparently as of Windows Vista Microsoft in it's ingenious asinine have decided to stop giving out dvd's and cds for operating systems.

I've seen briefly something about a custom Toshiba application on the laptop to make a 'recovery' disk.

Whats the differance between a recovery disk and a windows 7 install Disk?

How would I go about making both?

Any help would be greatly appreciated!

Regards!


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#1
May 15, 2010 at 06:56:18

The differences in OEM recovery disks and a full Windows installation disk is that the former can only be used to restore that particular model of computer while the latter will install on any computer with compatible hardware.

I don't know the exact procedure you need to use to create the disks but it should be spelled out in your manual and possibly even on your start up screens.

Be aware that those disks will be created from data on a partition already on your hard drive. That partition can also be used to restore to factory settings. The primary reason to make the restore set is to have the means to restore in the event your hard drive fails.

I advise you to make those disks ASAP and make copies of them too. You will only get one bite of the apple. That is to say you are only allowed to create ONE restore set. The process won't work after one set has been made.


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#2
May 15, 2010 at 11:15:53

Apparently as of Windows Vista Microsoft in it's ingenious asinine have decided to stop giving out dvd's and cds for operating systems

I'm afraid you have the above information wrong. The truth is MS never have given out DVD's and CD's for Windows preinstalled on OEM computers.

On the other hand, if you really mean to write TOSHIBA (not M$) it's ingenious asinine have decided to stop giving out dvd's and cds for operating systems

Then you are correct. Effective January 16, 2009, Toshiba stopped giving out Recovery DVD per this Notice. If you are too lazy to create your own Recovery DVD by clicking on the Toshiba Recovery Media Creator icon on your desktop, you can order the media from THIS link. It will cost you $24.95 to cover shipping & handling expenses.

i_Xp/Vista/W7User


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#3
November 16, 2010 at 12:24:30

Can the recovery/back up disk (Windows 7)that I created when I 1st bought and turned on the computer be used to repair any damages to the hard drive later on? it would be greatly aprreciated I really need the help

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#4
November 16, 2010 at 12:29:16

If the disks were created correctly you can use them to restore the computer to factory condition if you ever need to replace the hard drive.

If all you want to do is restore to factory conditions you can use the same restore partition that you used to create the disks to perform the restore.

The disks are only necessary if you have a hard drive failure. Either can be used to perform the restore otherwise.


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