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Recovery area on hard drive

By maggiectech ·
The new computers are now shipped without a physical recovery cd.

The manufacturers are now putting it on the hard drive in a special area.

Is it possible to dowonload this from the hard drive and burn it to a cd to use as a recovery disk.

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by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to Recovery area on hard dri ...

In theory Yes but in practice generally speaking no.

The area of the HDD used to do this should be a Hidden Partition which is not accessible to the Burning Program and will generally be bigger than a CD as well. Not a problem if you are burning to a DVD but impossible if you are attempting to place it on a CD.

You should be able to order a Recovery CD Set but you'll be paying for them as they are not included in the cost of the computer. If you really want these make arraignments to obtain them before you buy the computer. But bear in mind that if you do a BIOS Upgrade they may not work properly on the system as they are specifically written for the system as it ships new, of course the same applies to the files hidden on the partition as well.

Col

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by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to

There is another option.

If you can lay your hands of a copy of XP the same type as installed on the Computer even a copy of a OEM CD you'll be able to install from scratch but most likely you'll have to download some drivers for Video, sound, Dial up Modem and LAN if fitted.

If you install it this way you can use the Product Key on the COA on the case so you are not making a Pirate Copy and no matter what changes you make to the computer you will always be able to load it but it will lack the Hidden Partition to reinstall from. But on the Up Side if the HDD fails you'll still be able to install XP and be up and running in no time.

If you have got XP Pro with SP2 that comes standard on this computer a Standard OEM/Retail XP Pro Cd with or without SP 2 can be used and it will work with your product key. The same applies to the Home version, however what you can not do is use a XP Pro install CD to install with an XP Home Product Key and you can not use a Corporate Copy of XP to install on the new computer as the Product key will be unacceptable to that copy of XP and you'll not get past the screen where you are asked for a Product Key.

That would save you the cost of the Recovery CD's from the maker and you would have the added advantage of having the full version of Windows available to install if needed. But you would still have to download any drivers for hardware that is not recognized by the XP Installer. You could also Flash the BIOS and not have a problem if you need to reload as well.

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by maggiectech In reply to Recovery area on hard dri ...

Actually my concern was to be able to download only the operating system to a cd not the entire restore program

Thanks for your answer though
Maggie

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by p.j.hutchison In reply to Recovery area on hard dri ...

I suggest getting hold of Ghost, image the drive to several CDs (or a DVD), so in case the HD fails the image can be applied to a new HD.

Or order recovery CD from the manufacturer or get a retail copy of Windows XP (which will work on any model of PC).

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by willcomp In reply to Recovery area on hard dri ...

If you are only interested in having an XP CD, simply use a copy of XP OEM CD that has SP2 incorporated. If you have an earlier version, SP2 can be slipstreamed onto it:

http://www.helpwithwindows.com/WindowsXP/winxp-sp2-bootcd.html

Dalton

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by willcomp In reply to

Since the PCs in question will have XP OEM installed, an XP OEM CD MUST be used to reinstall XP with product key supplied with PC.

Also true if doing a repair insttall.

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by willcomp In reply to

That's correct. You only need the type of XP CD involved. Iterations that I'm aware of are:

OEM, Retail, Volume License, and Upgrade.

Some manufacturers include drivers and software to identify system, but a plain ol' OEM CD has always worked for me.

Dalton

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by willcomp In reply to

SP2 does not incude all the XP files and, to the best of my knowledge, cannot be used to install XP.

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by willcomp In reply to

incude = include

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by maggiectech In reply to Recovery area on hard dri ...

so I can then make a copy of an OEM win xp and use the key from my machine to repair or reinstall the OS

I thought that each copy of xp had to use the key that came with it?

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