cranky bollix Registered User

a friend got a new laptop and she wants to create recovery discs for vista and dell, ive googled for info but, my results are telling me about an internal partition. does this mean that i dont have to create physical discs, all help would be very much appreciated as i have no experience in this.

OS Name Microsoft® Windows Vista™ Home Basic
Version 6.0.6002 Service Pack 2 Build 6002
Other OS Description Not Available
OS Manufacturer Microsoft Corporation
System Name MARIE-PC
System Manufacturer Dell Inc.
System Model Inspiron 1545
System Type X86-based PC
Processor Intel(R) Celeron(R) CPU 900 @ 2.20GHz, 2194 Mhz, 1 Core(s), 1 Logical Processor(s)
BIOS Version/Date Dell Inc. A07, 13/05/2009
SMBIOS Version 2.4
Windows Directory C:\Windows
System Directory C:\Windows\system32
Boot Device \Device\HarddiskVolume3
Locale Ireland
Hardware Abstraction Layer Version = "6.0.6002.18005"
User Name Marie-PC\Marie
Time Zone GMT Daylight Time
Installed Physical Memory (RAM) 3.00 GB
Total Physical Memory 2.96 GB
Available Physical Memory 1.72 GB
Total Virtual Memory 7.31 GB
Available Virtual Memory 6.11 GB
Page File Space 4.44 GB
Page File C:\pagefile.sys

dubdvd Registered User

If you go into My Computer if there is a recovery partition you should see it there if not you will find the MS program recovery I'm in work at the moment so I'm not near a pc but I think if you go to programs and accessories and system tools if not it it's in the program files just go through them hope this helps but I'm in work and can't think straight

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ricman Registered User

you can use this, backup/clone the whole harddrive or clone c:\ partition one .
see here

see here

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cranky bollix Registered User

thanks for the replies,

yes there is a recovery drive d. but im still unsure on what precautionary measures i should take in case i ever have to reset the laptop to factory my own computer using windows xp i had to create recovery discs. do i need to do this with vista and this dell inspiron. sorry if im not coming across very clear im not much of a techy

ricman Registered User

Use that program at the link to clone drive c, then if pc crashes ,you reinstall windows ,insert disk, and use restore image,recover mode ,it should restore all the data you backed up, eg,mp3, images eg whatever was on the drive when you made the disk hd image.
see here ,it makes a bootable cd image ,insert cdrom, click,restore from the menu, i presume you could make an image to a dvdr or cdr ,if thats handy, ie 1 cdr=700meg, 1dvd r=4.4gigabyte,
better to use dvdrs i think,put in cases,store in a cool dry place.
YOU COULD make one cd backup every month, if you want to be really careful,depends on is your data important,or valuable .ie shool work,projects,phd etc

it saysdell support, inspiron 1545, click,programs,dell datasafe local backup,create recovery disc,etc
it uses 1 blank dvdr disk
takes about 20 mins to burn a dvdr on my pc ,but i use speed=4x for backup disks.

see dell ie support. inspiron 1545 ,search troubleshooting make recovery dvd

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cranky bollix Registered User

thanks ricman, i was on that site allright, but couldnt find the datasafe backup thing on the laptop in question and the copy of vista was pre installed so i wasnt sure how to back it up.

ill give it another go the next time im at the laptop

ricman Registered User

You could use the above program easus, to clone the hardrive .IF YOU cannot find local backup program.
AND windows has system restore built in, use drivermax to backup all drivers to a cdr,and to folder my drivers.its free to download,easy to use.
see here
use system restore at least once.

corkcomp Registered User

if you have a recovery partition in your my computer then your sorted from OS / factory installed programs point of view.. make sure you back up all user data to another media though and if you want an overall image of the drive go with acronis trueimage.. it will let you take an image on the fly

ricman Registered User

The easus program is free and easy to use,IT does the same job as acronis, backup up hd,or partition one.
i think that dell has a hidden partition that contains the windows os ,which can be reloaded if you get a virus or windows installation is damaged.

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