Backing up OS to DVD

Toshiba Satellite l455-s5975 notebook
April 12, 2010 at 19:56:59
Specs: Windows 7 Home Premium, unknown
I've had this Multi Media Notebook since around Christmas. I did a back up to USB, but the back up files took up the whole thing. It is only 4GB. So I bought some Memorex DVD+R, then DVD-R blanks from Family Dollar for a few bucks. I can't get the back up to complete. It gets about 25% or so then quits and says it can't finish using either the -R or +R

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April 13, 2010 at 00:04:08
in my opinion you should be better off,buying an external harddrive 2.5 inch, very small very cheap, use it for a file backup and system image, its by far the best way to backup my opinion..dvd,s are not big enough for most back ups anyway and poor quality dvd,s cannot be trusted in my experience..

i hate computers!
but cant help myself....

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April 18, 2010 at 18:34:04
Will using a DVDRW type disc make any difference?
I am sick of experimenting. How do I back up Windows 7 Home Premium to DVD??

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April 18, 2010 at 20:31:09
DVD disks will not hold enough, DVDRW will only allow you to reuse the disks. As in response 1 above, use an external hard drive, a 250Gb hard drive is running around $55.00 on a quick check and is much more suitable for your purposes. If you have a hard drive from an old computer that you are no longer using, you can get an external hard drive enclosure for MUCH less than that even.

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April 20, 2010 at 13:16:55
I've never used Multi Media Notebook, I have an
HP Desktop and I use an external hard drive for
my System Image. I'll give you directions on how to create a System Image with DVD for my
Start - Control Panel - Backup and Restore - at
the left top - Create a System Image -
DVD RW Drive E - Start your Backup -
(I would only use -R)
(New Page) Label and insert a blank media bigger than 1 GB - Click OK -
(When you put in a new DVD it will ask you to
Insert a new DVD - Click OK - Click Format.
(You do the Format each time you have Inserted
a new DVD)
It won't backup everything on your hard drive.
It won't backup antivirus updates.
It will backup your Windows Updates.
Make sure your DVD are numbered and labeled
with 1 of 5 - 2 of 5 - and so on.
I wrote HP System Image and my model number
on each disc.
To use the System Image you have made -
Start - Control Panel - Recovery - Follow directions.
When you come to were it ask if you want to make a Backup. (It's referring to your data like
pictures and music, that can be skipped.)
You Documents can be put on a dvd before you
use the Recovery. If you do the backup than you will have to start over on the Recovery if I
remember right.

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