Hi, my advice for what it's worth is to forget using DVD's as a backup, they are just to messy and prone to problems. They are OK to create a recovery disc --- many laptops ask you to burn these immediately, but for backing up data-- documents pictures etc use a flash memory stick or SD card. If your lappy hasn't an image backup program supplied with it consider Acronis true image (Amazon). Best investment you can make, you will never worry again about messing anything up and having to reinstall and is worth it's weight in gold. Although not ideal, I store my image backups on the laptop HDD accepting that if it were to fail I would have to reinstall the whole operating system. Must get round to cloning a spare sometime.