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Restore XP with no CD?

By anamcara2 ·
I have a Sony Vaio RS 712 with XP Home SP2. It didn't come with a OS CD (recovery or otherwise). As I don't intend to change anything in the near future (pension income is already stretched to the limit), I'm concerned about what I might do if the HDD failed. How could I put my XP on the new drive?

An old-timer trying to keep up

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CDs

by Matt.Altman In reply to Restore XP with no CD?

If it did not come with CDs then one of two things is set up. First, the PC should have a program that will allow you to make your own recovery cds. Second, it has a built on receovery partition. In the latter case, you will still be screwed if your HDD dies.

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by anamcara2 In reply to CDs

Yes, Matt, It provided a way to make a recovery CD, but I thought that a recovery CD would not be able to put an OS on a new HDD. Correct me if I'm wrong. This applies to True Blue's reply too.

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That is what they are for

by Jacky Howe In reply to Recovery CD

If you need to replace the Hard Drive for some reason you can use the recovery CD/DVD to put the Operating System on the new Drive.

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Recovery CD

by anamcara2 In reply to That is what they are for

What a relief! I thought I'd have to get one of those program that makes an image of your HDD. What's the old saying: A little knowledge can be dangerous. Thanks from an old-timer trying to keep up.

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Your Welcome <NT>

by Jacky Howe In reply to Recovery CD
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This may help

by Jacky Howe In reply to Restore XP with no CD?

Sony Vaio RS712

http://esupport.sony.com/US/perl/model-home.pl?mdl=PCVRS712&region_id=1

There are no System Recovery CDs (SRCDs) included with the computer. The recovery data required to return the computer to the original, factory-installed condition is included on a special partition of the hard drive. Follow this procedure to create a Recovery Media Kit, which can be used to restore the recovery partition and return the computer to the original, factory-installed condition.

IMPORTANT:

Rewritable media cannot be used to create the Recovery Media Kit.
Not all computers have the capability to write to DVD media. Consult the specifications for the computer for additional information.
Do not interrupt the power during the recovery process.

NOTE: The Recovery Media Kit is not a backup utility. Personal data and software installed after purchase, or since the last system recovery, is not saved by the Recovery Media Kit.

Ensure all open programs are closed.
Ensure all network connections are disconnected.
Ensure all peripheral devices are disconnected.
From within the VAIO Recovery Wizard application, in the VAIO Recovery Wizard window, under Media and Recovery Options, click to select the Create Recovery Media Kit (Strongly Recommended) option.
Click the Next button.
Under You have two choices for recovery media, click to select the desired option to create the Recovery Media Kit:

One recordable compact disc and two recordable DVD disc(s)
10 Recordable compact discs

NOTE: The type of media that can be used and the number of discs required may vary depending on the type of disc drives present and the specific model used. Details are provided in the VAIO Recovery Wizard window.

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