Just curious - How important is Restore disc

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October 24, 2010 at 13:34:32
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How important do you feel a restore disk is? If you have one how much effort do you put into making sure you keep it?

The reason I ask is I keep seeing posts " My computer is yadda yadda yadda and I can not find my restore disk/s." I know a lot of branded computers don't come with a restore disk nowadays but to say that one can not find it to me implies that one did have it.

I still have the restore disk for the very first computer that I owned. I don't have the computer though. Hmmm time for a cleaning again.

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#1
October 24, 2010 at 14:48:00
I think it's very important. I bought my wife a Dell about 6 years ago and can have the disks in 2 minutes. I use a custom built machine and back up every week with Norton Ghost. The disks have saved my ass more than once. I understand that most people who buy their first computer don't know what the disks are. Some may even throw them out not knowing what they are used for, but if this isn't your first machine and you can't find them, it makes me wonder. I'll bet they can't find their car keys either.

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October 24, 2010 at 19:32:28
I am male by definition that means I do not read instructions before messing up however after spending what to me is a great deal of money you had better believe I am going to read everything given. This is why I still have the first restore disks I ever got. In my rig now I keep an ongoing back up as well as the OS disk.

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#3
October 25, 2010 at 07:59:43
To answer your question, they aren't important if you don't care about spending additional money on software and possibly time on finding drivers.

Most OEM manufacturers do not supply restore disks these days. They provide a restore partition instead. That is OK as long as the original hard drive doesn't die. That is why you are encouraged to create the restore set.

For the brands that do supply restore disks, there may not be a restore partition, so those disks are your only free method of re-installing to factory condition.


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#4
October 25, 2010 at 08:31:06
Oh I fully agree. Your preaching to the choir here. It just baffles me that people don't think to keep them or take care of them. Give me 30 minutes and I imagine I can find at least 50 posts that say they have lost them misplaced them can't find them or whatever.
"I can't be bothered to keep up with this piece of plastic. If something goes wrong someone on the net will wave a magic wand and fix it for me."

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#5
October 25, 2010 at 09:45:18
My systems are all custom built by me. I'm not too worried about making restore disks. I don't, I never have, I likely never will. Being custom made, they don't ship with "restore" or "recovery" CD's either.

I do however setup proper backups of all the data I don't want to lose and the "system state" on each off my machines.

When I first setup a computer I put a copy of all associated drivers onto a CD which I store along with the OS CD for that unit. Should I ever need to reinstall that specific machine, I grab the driver CD, the OS CD and and I'm done in an hour or so. Then all I have to do is run the OS updates and do my restore.

It matters not how straight the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.

***William Henley***


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#6
October 25, 2010 at 10:05:40
Curt R

Do you make copies of your software disks? You are allowed by the EULA to do so. I burn a copy when I first purchase the software and then install using that copy. That way I know the disks are good.

Believe it or not, I have gotten defective Windows disks that would not copy. Got errors when attempting to copy. Requested, and received a replacement.


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#7
October 25, 2010 at 12:30:11
I make copies of anything expensive. OS disks and what have you. I did copy my system disks with all the branded pc's I bought in the past just for fear that they may get damaged. Why pay someone for another one if you can have a few good ones for safe keeping.

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#8
October 25, 2010 at 13:34:26
I usually try to make a backup copy of the system before I run it the first time. Other wise as soon as possible before installing applications.

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#9
October 25, 2010 at 19:33:52
I still have the restore disks for all of the computers I own, with the exception of my iMac. I also have back-ups of all my software\OS's, a full 112 Gigs worth as ISOs so I can not only have a backup but also use them for Virtual PC faster than using a physical CD.

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