Solved How best to make recovery copy of Windows?

September 2, 2011 at 09:00:59
Specs: Windows 7, 2GHertz/4GB installed (usable 3GB)
Nowadays, most laptops don't come with recovery DVDs and the purchaser is to make his own recovery DVDs.

For laptops that do NOT come with a recovery program, what is the best way to make a recovery copy of the Windows? Is it using Norton Ghost or Choose Advanced Recovery Method at the Control Panel and save a System Image, or to save Drive C: on an external drive? I've tried saving Drive C on an external drive and it could not restore my computer for me.

For laptops that DO come with a recovery program then is it best to use the recovery program to make a copy of the Windows on DVDs? Or is there a better way to save a copy of the Windows as mentioned above?

How best to make a reovery copy of Windows?


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September 3, 2011 at 12:00:25
People used programs like Norton Ghost ( older versions ) before a backup function was available in the OS or just because they liked it better. I personally use Norton Ghost 14.0 to create an image of my drives. Win 7 now does the same thing and it's built into the same system it's backing up. As far as the laptop without the cd player, perhaps the guy used an external cd player to install the os. If you don't have the original disk, that's no problem, but you do need the genuine key. On your other machines with a recovery partition, there is a key or series of keys to be pressed at bootup to access the recover menu. It varies according to the manufacturer. You can Google the info or if you have the manuals look at that.


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September 3, 2011 at 10:24:32
If your laptop doesn't have a dvd player, it has a recovery partition. You simply restore the computer by pressing a combination or a single key at boot up. If your laptop can boot from an external usb device (check the bios) you can use an external dvd or cd player. Win 7 has a backup program within the system. You are urged to make a recovery cd when you first get the machine. Backing up to a cd is always better than any other media that can crash.

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September 3, 2011 at 11:03:54
Do you mean the BEST and most RELIABLE way to make a recovery DVD is to use Windows 7 (that's what I have) to create a System Repair Disc in the Control Panel of Backup and Restore? Is this method more reliable than using Norton Ghost or other imaging programs? I do have a DVD drive and as far as I know, I don't have a recovery partition built into the laptop.

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September 3, 2011 at 11:18:48
"do have a DVD drive and as far as I know, I don't have a recovery partition built into the laptop."
then the machine came with recovery dvds when it was new? go to the manufacturers site and see if they are still available, before its to late. Unless it came with a recovery partition and you just somehow lost it.

larry


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#4
September 3, 2011 at 11:23:39
You better research that. If it doesn't have a dvd drive and you didn't get any restore cd's with the machine, it must have a recovery partition. It's usually the D partition. I would use the backup function built into windows 7 to make the disks. You could use Norton Ghost, but why pay for it. You can also try Easus Todo backup software here. It's free.

http://www.todo-backup.com/?gclid=C...

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September 3, 2011 at 11:39:26
Thanks a lot for both your replies. I understand much from your responses.

My laptop is one of those cheap ones whereby a computer programmer loaded Windows for me and it does not come from the manufacturer so there is no built in recovery partition nor any backup DVDs, yet I do have a DVD drive.

I understand from grasshopper's response that I should make a backup of my Windows 7 using backup function built into Windows 7. The reason why I asked about Norton Ghost and other backup programs is because I'm confused as to whether these programs are better, meaning more reliable than using Windows built-in backup program? Because if they are not more reliable or better than Windows built in backup program then why do people use them?

Also, another question if you don't mind, we have other laptops whereby the Windows is genuine from the manufacturer and there is a recovery partition, how do we recover the computer from a crash or virus invasion using the recovery partition? Do we just reboot the computer and then what? How do we enter into the recovery partition to restore the computer from a crash?


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September 3, 2011 at 11:57:47
Make a backup using windows 7 backup program first thing to a usb drive and any windows 7 dvd should be able to recover it later.

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September 3, 2011 at 12:00:25
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People used programs like Norton Ghost ( older versions ) before a backup function was available in the OS or just because they liked it better. I personally use Norton Ghost 14.0 to create an image of my drives. Win 7 now does the same thing and it's built into the same system it's backing up. As far as the laptop without the cd player, perhaps the guy used an external cd player to install the os. If you don't have the original disk, that's no problem, but you do need the genuine key. On your other machines with a recovery partition, there is a key or series of keys to be pressed at bootup to access the recover menu. It varies according to the manufacturer. You can Google the info or if you have the manuals look at that.

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September 3, 2011 at 12:12:10
My genuine thanks to you all for your most helpful replies.

I understand that the best thing for me to do is make a backup DVD of my Windows using Windows 7 built-in recovery program and for the other laptops which have a recovery partition, we can either also make recovery DVD using the said Windows 7 built-in recovery program or bootup the computer and search for the Recover Menu then follow its steps to recover the Windows; before we do this, do we need to know which drive the Recovery partition program is in or will it go to it automatically?


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#9
September 3, 2011 at 13:07:34
It will go there automatically. Good Luck !!!

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September 3, 2011 at 13:19:22
Thank you all for your great help! Special thanks to Grasshopper for bearing much with my inquiries and most helpful answers.

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September 3, 2011 at 13:28:13
You're quite welcome. Good Luck to you.

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