make your own recovery disk

  QUADDRA 12:37 10 Sep 08

Hi, This is probably an easy one to answer..
My Mum and Dad have just decided to enter the computer world and have purchased a HP laptop, all ok.
The instructions say that before you use it you have to make your own recovery disks,
My Question is what media should you use DVD - R or CD - R or +R or doesn’t it matter?

  PO79 12:44 10 Sep 08

I would opt for DVD-R or CD-R depending on the size of disc required. I would also make a back up copy in case the original gets damaged or lost.

  lotvic 12:46 10 Sep 08

HP say DVD+R
"You need approximately 2 blank DVD+R discs (compared to approximately blank 11 CDs). The Disc Creator software program states how many discs are needed at the beginning of the process"
click here for a pictorial walk through

  provider 2 12:47 10 Sep 08

It does matter. Check this out:

click here

  lotvic 12:54 10 Sep 08

good link provider 2 :)
I have bookmarked it, thanks

  provider 2 13:02 10 Sep 08


I think yours is better but with both of them to refer to, what can go wrong (?).

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 13:07 10 Sep 08

Good to make the disks, just remember they will return the machine to the state you bought it only if the hard drive is not damaged.

A good investment is to buy something like Acronis True Image click here and make regular copies of the drive
Then you could install the copy to any drive if your drive goes faulty + Its restores (in approx 10 mins) to state you made the last copy (including all updates, your data / pictures favouites etc.

Cheaper versions of acronis can be found from Amazon etc.

  QUADDRA 22:20 10 Sep 08

PO79, lotvic, provider 2, and Fruit Bat /\0/\

All done now, but what a long job.... Dads 82, he was 72 when we started :-) just kidding.
Dad is 82 and Mum isnt far behind so I was quite impressed that they managed to stay interested.ish and awake!

We ended up using 3 Philips DVD-R disks. Hope we never have to use them again.

Thanks everyone.

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