Is it safe to rely on Win7 recovery partition

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October 8, 2011 at 15:01:52
Specs: Windows 7, Pent4 dual quad Q950@2.83GHz 4 gigs
Is it safe to rely on the recovery partition that is pre-installed on the new computers these days? If not what would you suggest to back up your original OS used to boot up with? USB external, Thumb Drive, or what? It has to be a disc image, doesn't it? Thanks for your thoughts and help.


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October 8, 2011 at 15:36:02
The recovery partition is only a helpful tool, it is not a way to rely upon.
Clone the disk or use supplied tools to create dvd's and test them before you need them.

burned dvd's are pretty poor ways to save data, usb kind of stink also. I'd use a real usb external drive just for recovery use and keep a disk or two. I do.

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October 8, 2011 at 15:52:47
It is never safe to rely on anything with a single point of failure. If the hard drive fails you loose your system partition, restore partition, everything. That is why most systems allow you to create a set of recovery disks in the event that the drive fails. Note that this is only to recover the system itself. It will not recover your applications or data.

An image backup to an external hard drive is a good idea. Flash drives are not currently reliable enough for this purpose. It is also a good idea to maintain regular backups of your data to an external drive. Many people have 3 or more copies, stored in different locations, of particularly important files.

You always want to avoid the situation where a hardware failure, malware infection, accidental or malicious deletion, etc., will cause data loss. Many people fail to do this and come to this or another forum asking for help when data is lost. In many cases there is little that can be done, at least not without high cost.

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October 8, 2011 at 18:30:12
Windows 7 has a built in program for making an Image of your harddrive.

Go to Start and Type Backup and click on the "Backup or restore your files" A new window will open with 2 options on the far left side. I would do both.
"Create a system repair disc" this will give you a disc to boot your computer
with some tools to repair as will as to use the image to reimage the harddrive.
"Create a system Image" this will give you an image of the Harddrive

You will need DVD's to make the Image disc, and depending on who long you have been using your computer before you make the image it will take more as time goes on.

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October 15, 2011 at 17:12:00
I wonder why you can't make a disc image using a USB external drive?


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October 16, 2011 at 03:44:23
the built in hidden partition is usually a safe secure way to reimage your machine, however creating a image with win 7 and a recovery disk is the best action to then you have 2 methods of recovery.
you can make a disk image on a usb drive, so long as the usb external drive has sufficient room. i would also suggest backing up to an external dive.

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