Solved Acer laptop - Can I put my recovery disks onto USB?

Acer / Aspire 5742
January 13, 2013 at 18:03:57
Specs: Windows 7 Home Premium, 2.399 GHz / 5814 MB
I have an Acer Aspire laptop running Win 7 Ultimate. I made recovery disks just after I bought the computer and they work fine. However, this model laptop has a notoriously poor DVD drive bay design. It is really flimsy and many people's just break altogether. I can close and open mine but it now sticks badly when closed and requires repeated attempts to open, and tapping on the drive bay. So I'm looking to move the Recovery disks to USB to be safe. I can boot to USB. Does anyone know of a tutorial on this that they could point me to? I'd like to get this done b4 it's too late. Thanks!

Sorry if this is under the wrong forum category, but I wasn't sure where else to place it.

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January 13, 2013 at 18:13:38
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Do you mean to a flash drive or USB hard drive?

This is for a flash drive:

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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January 13, 2013 at 18:17:16
Thanks for the reply - yes I did mean flash drive. I just had a quick look at the site you mentioned and that looks like what I'm after. I'll let you know how it goes. Thanks

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January 13, 2013 at 18:41:16
Is reinstalling the OS something you do often?

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January 13, 2013 at 19:08:57
I'd say 2 or 3 times a year probably. But always from a bootable DVD

The site's instructions look exactly like what I'm looking for but I got stuck at Step 2. It says:

"Download and open the USB flash drive formatting software and follow the steps to reformat the USB drive to hold larger files. You can find several free formatting programs on the web, such as MKBT, UNetbootin and HP Drive Key Boot Utility (see Resources)."

So obviously I can't just right click on the USB and format with Windows in prep of the install. It later instructs using PE Builder to create the ISO image. So for format they suggest:

MKBT - but it says it only supports Windows 95/98/ME (FAT) \ Windows NT4/2000/XP (FAT and NTFS) - not Win 7 apparently

HP Drive Key Boot Utility - but it says "this component provides firmware flash and boot support to HP USB drive keys." - mine's an Acer

UNetbootin - which I installed because it says it supports Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7 - However when you open it, it asks you to select the Distribution which lists Ubuntu, Linux, Debian, etc - for Windows it says "run the file, select an ISO file or a distribution to download, select a target drive (USB Drive or Hard Disk), then reboot once done." So it's asking me to create the ISO, not just format.

The eHow Tech instructions say " ...You must copy a smaller version of the CD's file to a properly formatted USB flash drive."

So if I'm reading that correctly the USB needs to formatted differently than just a normal Win format in NTFS or FAT 32

So is there another program you would recommend to do that format?

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January 14, 2013 at 07:35:47
I've not been through the process myself. Maybe someone else will join us who has.
In the meantime I found this, which uses Windows features:

Presumably you could put your recovery disks onto it rather than Win7,

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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January 14, 2013 at 18:56:23
The USB is actually better because it's faster than disks, but an easier way would be to get/borrow an external USB optical drive.

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