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Q: How to Copy a USB Recovery to DVDs/CDs, Or Recovery DVDs/C...

I have just purchsed a new laptop a HP 17t Power Laptop Product # X762AV . I would like to know when my laptop arrives and I create a USB recovery media Fash Drive , how can I Transfer that to DVDs or CDS or vice versa . I travel and would like to be able to take DVDs or CDs with me in case they are lost.I do not like to have just a flash drive , if I should happen to loose it I do not have a backup. Any help and instructions on how for me do thisthat you may give me would be greatly appreciated.Thank YouRay

Preferred Solution: How to Copy a USB Recovery to DVDs/CDs, Or Recovery DVDs/C...

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I've used it in the past to identify and fix everything from blue screens (BSOD's), ActiveX errors, corrupt files and processes, dll/exe/sys errors, recover lost memory, Windows update problems, defragging, malware removal etc.

You can download it direct from this link http://downloadreimage.com/download.php. (This link will automatically start a download of Reimage that you can save to your computer.)

A: How to Copy a USB Recovery to DVDs/CDs, Or Recovery DVDs/C...

The problem with moving a flash drive contents to DVD might be that the contents of the flash drive is larger than the DVD capacity. It might be better to be able to make the DVD's, if it still allows that. Keep in mind, it normally only allows one copy to be made.

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Tag on bottom of laptop states Windows 7 Home Prem OALast system installed and running successfully prior to being "fixed" by others was Windows 8.1 Professional (x64) (build 9600) "You must restart"That is last message I get after what appears to be a good install using the recovery DVDs. I have tried installs using only the 3 recovery discs and with those plus the Application and Driver Recovery disc.   Preceding that are notices received to restart the computer but I have no way to do that since pointing device non-existant.  I have attempted to turn off computer and turn it back on but after 5th installation attempt when I try power button I get flashings lights on the power and WiFi keys which leaves me no way to trun off computer but to unplug power cable and remove battery. Is clean install from DVD of Windows 8 or 8.1 possible?  I have valid prod# for Windows 8.1

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A:DV5-2130us Recovery Fails Using HP System Recovery DVDs

Hi @John_Bandera,Thanks for becoming a member of the HP Support Forums. I understand you are having an issue with revocery Windows 8. I will be glad to help you. Yes, you can do a recovery to Windows 8. Here are some microsoft links to help.Create installation media for Windows 8.1Create a USB recovery drive Please keep me informed of how things went. If you require further assistance, let me know and I will gladly do all I can to help you.Please let me know if this resolves the issue by marking this post as "Accept as Solution".To simply say thanks, click the Thumbs up below!  Thanks.

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Hi how do i make a Recovery dvd(2 dvds?) from my d drive just in case i need it in the future, i don t see any instructions on how to and then what becomes of this image drive d and how would i use these rescure dvds if needed - thanks . .

A:Solved: Recovery Dvds

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I have a computer with 40 MB main hard drive with Win XP that is at a "factory setting". I need to be able to recover the factory setting even after the drive and its partitions have been wiped off. And I need be able to create a set of standalone DVDs to do this. I cannot depend on the future availability of a server or a second blank hard drive to hold the image for months or years.

Can someone suggest software (preferrably freeware) that can do this, and how it would work?

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i have 3 dvds recovery how can ia maove them to usb drive


A:i have 3 dvds recovery how can ia maove them to usb drive

Quote: Originally Posted by el2asly

i have 3 dvds recovery how can ia maove them to usb drive


What exactly is on the 3 dvd's? Are they spanned; ie, related data is on each disk which comprises the total volume? What is the capacity of each disk?

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My Laptop Notebook was stolen recently. It was VAIO/EA2/GX.
I had made it's recovery discs before stealing. It's os was 7 prof x64.
So i have recovery dvds now.
I want to get it's MAC address through those recovery dvds.
Is there anybody guide me how to get my laptop MAC address through its recovery dvds?

Many thanks beforehand,


A:How get MAC address through recovery dvds of 7 prof?

MAC address is a unique hex number assigned to your lan adapter or wireless adapter for hardware identification.

When you make the recovery DVDs of your system, the MAC adress will not get copied to the DVD. The DVDs contain only the OS, drivers and software bundled with the laptop. It will not store the hardware profile containing the MAC address.

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We have an Averatec All-in-one made in 2009 running Vista. Unfortunately, the hard drive seems to be dying. The machine didn't include recovery disks, so I want to make them. But I don't have any idea where to begin.

The PDF manual that came on the system just says refer to other documents, which we don't have. Emails to Averatec have gone unanswered. I tried calling a number that the computer repair place said was Averatec, but it seemed fishy. It wasn't toll free; I couldn't understand the person on the other end of the line, and all they could say was "send a money order" (without a total) to some address, which I lost with the last hard drive crash. I can't find the info or even the right DVD to order on the Averatec website.

This shouldn't be that hard. Can anyone help?

Thanks in advance!

Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft® Windows Vista™ Home Premium , Service Pack 1, 32 bit
Processor: AMD Athlon(tm) X2 Dual Core Processor 3250e, x64 Family 15 Model 107 Stepping 2
Processor Count: 2
RAM: 1534 Mb
Graphics Card: ATI Radeon HD 3200 Graphics , 512 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 232329 MB, Free - 210905 MB;
Motherboard: TRIGEM, TRIGEM, To be filled by O.E.M., To be filled by O.E.M.
Antivirus: Norton AntiVirus, Updated: Yes, On-Demand Scanner: Enabled

A:How do I create recovery DVDs for Averatec All-in-One?

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I own a Sony Vaio laptop that came loaded with Vista. Last week, the computer crashed (blue screen), after numerous attempts to go into Safe Mode, I finally was able to make it run again. However, the hard drive is VERY VERY slow, thus, I want to re-install a fresh version of Vista. I made 2 recovery DVDs and when I boot with them, it takes me to the Windows screen. One of the options is to re-install Vista and bring it back to original factory settings. I get the following error message
"Cannot find a valid backup of your computer".

I remember that in the past, my HD was partionned in 2. The second part was for the system and the main part for everything else, this is how it came. Now, the system part has dissapeared since I had the crush.

I tried EVERYTHING, including system restore (which it can't do, because it says there are no restore points... once again, doesn't make sense because every time I've installed updates, it created a restore point)

Any suggestions? I really need to re-install Vista and format my HD.

A:Cannot re-install Vista from recovery DVDs

Have you contacted Sony and requested the Restore DVD's ? ?
This may be the best alternative if the Recovery partition is damaged or wiped...

Normally there is only a small shipping fee involved.

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A friend of mine had a Thinkpad 520 T which he gave to me. After running Hirens Boot CD I determined the hard drive was bad. Going to instal an SSD drive. The problem is he didnt make any recovery DVD's for it. I would like to know if there is a way to purchase a setup DVD that will exactley match the origional setup of this laptop including all drivers and software, including Windows. Is something like this even available? Thank you........... Jim

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I don't mean to highjack the thread but I have an additional question that may be helpful for others performing the same type of recovery. I ordered the recovery CDs for my HP 2000 Notebook just today. To increase performance, I am also thinking of replacing the factory-installed 320GB hard disk drive (HDD) with a 240GB solid state drive (SSD). QUESTION: Does the OS recovery CDs/DVDs need the drive to be the exact same size - 320GB? Obviously, WIndows will fit just fine of a 240GB drive. Does the recovery process recreate the recovery partition as well as part of the restoration process? Thank you for your time and any advice. 

A:Re: how can i recover my laptop with recovery DVDs

SBDavin wrote:I don't mean to highjack the thread but I have an additional question that may be helpful for others performing the same type of recovery. I ordered the recovery CDs for my HP 2000 Notebook just today. To increase performance, I am also thinking of replacing the factory-installed 320GB hard disk drive (HDD) with a 240GB solid state drive (SSD). QUESTION: Does the OS recovery CDs/DVDs need the drive to be the exact same size - 320GB? Obviously, WIndows will fit just fine of a 240GB drive. Does the recovery process recreate the recovery partition as well as part of the restoration process? Thank you for your time and any advice. It is advised not to go smaller on the replacement drive. SSD are pretty inexpensive for 500G right now. You don't want to go smaller. It doesn't have to be the exact same size but it should always be bigger not smaller. Factory recovery will create AS IS from the factory setup and recovery partition if you should use the Factory Recovery media.

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I've been using a HP pavillion dv6 3043TX, with a samsung hard disk, and built-in win.7 home premium and due to power short prob i was recommended by HP to create recovery DVDs (5 discs) and replace it.
Now Ive replaced it with a 'seagste' of 450 gb capacity. A friend has installed a version of windows 7 ultimate with partitions.
BUT i want to use the original pack i have recovered with all the HP tools and partition.
please help me with the process.

A:re-installing windows 7 using recovery DVDs

First backup your personal DATA.

How to use HP Recovery:
Recover Windows 7 Operating System Using HP Recovery - HP Customer Care (United States - English)
Performing an HP System Recovery in Windows 7 - HP Customer Care (United States - English)

How to make HP Recovery DVD disks:
Recover Windows Vista Operating System Using HP Recovery - HP Customer Care (United States - English)

How to make HP Recovery USB disk:
Creating a Recovery Disk on a USB Flash Disk HP Pavilion dv6700z CTO Entertainment Notebook PC - HP Customer Care (United States - English)

You can Order HP Recovery Disks from here:
Compaq Mini CQ10-500 PC series*-* HP Notebook PCs - Order Recovery Discs for Windows 7, Vista, or XP - c00810334 - HP Business Support Center

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Here's the scenario: I have two DVDs here which someone 'wrote' (or thought he did) with "Verify Written Data" turned off. Well, when I got there, I recognized the DVDs as being the same brand I had the same problem with several months back. The program would chug along as though it were writing data to the disk; but, when it went verify, it would fail.

It turned out the disk was actually blank. Looking at the bottom side of the disk, one could see that it looked like it had data on it; but, opening it in Windows Explorer showed a drive letter and an empty window.

I would like to hear some suggestions. I would especially like to hear from anyone who has used any of those data recovery programs I have heard and read about for CDs and DVDs.

By the way, I've tried the DVDs in two other readers with the same result. And, his writer does write readable disks on brands other than Verbatim.

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Hello everyone,  I am very glad I found this forum. I am a new owner of a T460s - my first Lenovo.So far it hasen't been the greatest experience though. Ofter starting up I've upgraded to Win10, installed all my programms ... and realised a few days later that Win10 isn't performing very well on my machine. After the downgrade to Win7 I had to reinstall lots of the programms. That's why I wanted to order recovery media to start from scratch. After a wait of 10 days I received about 8 DVDs in the mail although I specifically asked for USB sticks.The recovery support - which is not reachable by phone - wrote that there is no recovery usb for my new T460s and they recomended I used an external DVD drive. I was hoping for an easier solution.  Do any of you guys have any experience/ideas regarding this. Cheers,Jochen

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 There is issue related with speed of my Laptop....so I want to recover my pavilion g6-1118 tx...I have recovery DVDs... .Tell me how can i recover my lapi with these DVDs

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I have inbuilt window7 in my lapi....so wht is procedure of hard disk partitioning???? How can i do partitioning of hard drive

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I have inbuilt window7 in my lapi....so wht is procedure of hard disk partitioning???? How can i do partitioning of hard drive

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I made 5 recovery DVDs with AI Recovery on my Asus U43F Notebook.  I followed the direction precisely, but after the last DVD popped out and a window popped up saying that the recovery was successful, my computer restarted itself  >  "loading windows files" progress bar  >  "starting windows" symbol for Windows 7 64bit  >  then a grey screen with a mouse arrow and NOTHING!  no prompt, no windows, no taskbar, no right-click or anything to click, What do I do now?

A:[Help] Recovery DVDs didn't work

Your DVDs could be corrupted since your laptop was corrupted and when you made the DVDs are corrupted. You need to get an exact Asus  notebook with the exact version of Win7 of not infected system.If the beginning is crooked the end is crooked, GIGO (Garbage In, Garbage Out).
Option 2 leave factory defaults out and clean reinstall WIN7.

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I would like to hear from users that have successfully re-installed win10  OS from the recovery dvds.I have a HP Notebook computer and have made the dvd recovery disksShould my system go down I would like to rebuild it in the shortest time. Thanks for the feedback. Grigorich

A:System recovery from dvds question

@Grigorich I havent had any luck making the Recovery Disk! It made me waste a few disk before I finally contacted HP support. Im dissapointed that Im having to pay over $40 something dollars so they can send me Recovery Disk. I personally feel they should give it to me free since it's there notebook thats not working correctly and I have had this computer for about 2 weeks now. I can honestly remember "NOW" why I stopped buying HP computers  :-(

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I have a HP Pavilion dv6 3170se i7 intel proccesor.

I want to create a DVD from the Recovery Manger program, but the option is not avalible, it wont let me press it.

Can somone give me a fix or suggest an alternative way to restore the laptop to its factory settings.

Currently running Windws 7 ultimate x64, if its any help.

A:Who do I create DVDs from my recovery manger on HP to restore it.

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I have just bought HP pavilion G6 notebook.
It came with pre-installed Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit, recovery disk of 14 gb and C: Hard drive of 451 gb.

I have made 3 recovery disks(DVDS) using "Recovery Media creation".
I Want to Reinstall Windows 7 because

1)want to get rid of recovery disk of 14gb.
2)want to do partition because without partition my system is really slow.

I want to reinstall Windows 7 using these 3 DVDs.
Can anybody please help me

That would be so nice of you.
Thanks in advance !

A:how can i reinstall windows 7 using recovery disk DVDS?

Welcome to Windows Seven Forums.

1. If you recover your system using the recovery discs you have created, all you do is recover it to exactly as it was when you first bought it, which means you will still have a recovery partition.

2. Whenever you want to carry out a factory recovery, using the recovery partition is a lot quicker than using your recovery discs.

3. If you want a clean Windows 7 free of HP's bloatware you need a Windows DVD to install from. If it is the same version as the one currently installed you can use the product key that is attached to the outside of your laptop.

Clean Install : Factory COA Activation Key

Partition size or the number of partitions has no bearing on your computer's performance so you need to investigate other reasons why your computer is slow.

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Hello, I have a Thinkpad X1 carbon gen 4 (type 20FB), with windows 7 professional installed. After receiving the laptop I replaced the harddrive and requested a window 7 recovery disc set from lenovo, using that, I successfully installed the system on the laptop. Now, using the same disc set, I am reinstalling the system without making any changes to the hardware, but I have got some problems. I have tried 6 times, 3 times the recovery process went through but when restarting the system, I got the following message :                     Windows failed to start. A recent hardware or software change might be the cause. To  fix the problem :               1. Insert your windows installation disc and restart your computer.              2. Choose your language setting, and then click "Next."              3. Click "Repair your computer."           If your do not have this disc, contact your system administrator or computer manufacturer for assistance.                                File: \windows\system32\winload.efi                     Status: 0xc000000f                     Info: The... Read more

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There are some ?Frequently Asked Questions? about the ordering process for Recovery DVDs:

Questions about the ordering process and the pricesQuestions about delivery and shipmentQuestions about the technical background

More Info: http://aps2.toshiba-tro.de/kb0/TSB0202TA0000R01.htm

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I had to replace the hard drive on the laptop. Ordered recovery DVDs from HP. The internal DVD hasn't been working, so I got an external LG DVD player, model GP50NB40. I set the boot order in BIOS to USB CD/DVD. However, laptop is not recognizing the DVD in the player. I get a message that is something to the extent of "No bootable disk found". I also hit F9, and selected the external drive to boot from without success. And for whatever reason, I also hit F11. Same message.I tested the DVD player on another computer, and it's working fine. I switched the USB cable on the laptop to another port. No change. Does anyone have any idea of how to proceed to load the software onto the new drive? Thanks in advace for your time.

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I used the HP Utility to Create Recovery Media using DVDs.  The first disk OK.  The second was a little finicky, requiring a couple of starts, restarts, etc. but finally executed OK according to the software.  However, the third will not begin at all.  I've gone through three different new DVDs, thinking perhaps one was flawed.  I've rebooted and restarted the app numerious times.  It always recognizes the fact that the process has already begun, and only the last disk needs to be done.  It just doesn't do it.  Nothing happens.  From sound, there is no disk access going on. Based on the trouble with Disk #2, and even if I can get Disk #3 to "work," I really have low confidence that this set of disks will work when needed. How do I "eradicate" this failed effort so I can try fresh, this time with a single USB stick?

A:Cannot Complete Create Recovery Media using DVDs

@Curmudgeon10, welcome to the forum. I have asked the appropriate people at HP to see what they can do to help you solve your problem.

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Hello: I'm coming in here from left field as I'm not a PC techie, just a basic surfer, but I have a question I have not been able to find an answer for. 
Setup: I have a DELL desktop PC running Win 8.1 purchased directly from DELL and I have the Recovery DVD, also for the Drivers and Utilities. My brother-in-law, a doctor, is giving me a Lenovo 14" laptop, running Win 7 Pro, that I bought for him last
year because Win 7 is the program that the hospital he's associated with prefers. He told me that he has used the laptop only once and has offered it to me. I want to use the laptop as backup to my PC so I don't always have to roll it out on a cart. Because
my needs are minimal I can live with Win 7 but I'd prefer Win 8.1. I can sell the laptop on ebay and buy one with Win 8.1 but not if I can upgrade the laptop from Win 7 to Win 8.1.
Question to the Forum:
Using my PCs Recovery DVDs, can I upgrade the laptop to Win 8.1 without any problems. The laptop is a IBM Lenovo T420 Thinkpad, Win 7 Pro, Intel Core i5, 4 GB, 320 GB, and I think that it can handle the upgrade but I'm not 100% sure. What say you?

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The Acer recovery manager will only let me make a recovery DVD drive and I want it on DVDs.
The selection to burn to DVDs is greyed out.
Is there a way to burn the data from the DVD drive to multiple DVDs.

A:Possibility of burning recovery data on DVD drive to DVDs

Quote: Originally Posted by philetus

The Acer recovery manager will only let me make a recovery DVD drive and I want it on DVDs.
The selection to burn to DVDs is greyed out.
Is there a way to burn the data from the DVD drive to multiple DVDs.


What exactly is a "recovery DVD drive"?

I know what DVDs are. I know what DVD drives are.

You say "burn the data from the DVD drive". More confusion. A DVD drive doesn't hold data. DVDs do.

What do you think you want to do?

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I needed to do a system recovery, I performed a backup onto dvds, when I tried to do a recovery of the backup the program stopped working. Any help in what I should do to restore my backup?

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I had to perform a Recovery procedure on my laptop which uses Windows 7 64 bit OS. I created backup on three DVDs, and now can't figure out how to reinstall these files. I have checked online for a solution to my dilemma, but the instructions are confusing, and the options availaable to me in the windows that open don't seem to match the instructions listed. I will appreciate any guidance that anyone can provide me to resolve this issue.

A:Reinstalling files from backup DVDs after performing a Recovery

For people to help you need to provide more information including:
- brand of laptop
- more details on the type of backup. 3 DVDs suggest a factory restore backup. In this case you need to make sure your personal data has been backed up because a factory restore will get rid of all your personal data and return the laptop to an "as bought" condition.

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Hello, I have a custom-built HP ENVY Notebook - 15t-k100 CTO (ENERGY STAR) (product number: G0T59AV) with the following hardwares:- Intel Core i7-4510U 2-Core 2.0GHZ- Nvidia GeForce GTX 850M 4GB- 8GB RAM DDR3- My motherboard can support SATA3 6GB/s (checked with Sisoftware Sandra)- No touchscreen, pre-installed Windows 8.1 (64 bit) and have an optical drive installed.- 1TB of about to die (IMO) HDD I want to replace my HDD with SSD (Samsung 850 PRO 256GB) and don't know if my HP System Recovery DVD Set can be used to clean install. I used it to recover my laptop a couple and I don't think I see anything that relate to installing Windows. Can someone who have use this DVD set confirm for me that I can use it to clean install Windows on my new drive? Here's the picture of that HP System Recovery DVD Set: Thank you for your help. I appreciate it.

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Hi everyone,

I bought a Sony Vaio laptop almost 4 years ago with a genuine windows 7 on, and I immediately made 3 recovery DVDs (I'm not sure if they are called recovery or backup DVDs). I have used the original windows up until now, but after 4 years I feel the system is pretty slow because it has been affected by viruses. Now I wonder if I should use the recovery DVDs or any other way of reinstalling windows, because I need to get rid of all the viruses or anything that is slowing down the system. Or would a clean install be better? or should I use a windows 7 DVD to install a new windows? I don't need my files or programs sine I have already backed up all of them. All I need is to make sure that the viruses are gone for good. I would really appreciate it if someone could possibly help me and tell me the difference between these methods and which one would be best for my situation. Thanks a lot in advance for your support.

A:reinstalling windows 7 from recovery DVDs or a clean install?

Since you'd ask it tells me you're enough of a tech enthusiast that you'd appreciate the better performance from doing a Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7.

Everything needed to get and keep a perfect install is in the blue links, compiling what has worked best in tens of thousands of installs we've helped with here since Win7 beta. In fact you'll keep a perfect install as long as you stick with the tools and methods suggested.

Be sure to read the Special Note for Vaio owners at the end as there is sometimes a small amount of Sony software than needs to be installed for functions you need like keyboard backlighting, cam if you want to see yourself (it works fine with just the driver otherwise) or function keys if you use them for volume, brightness, etc.

And we'll be here to help you every step of the way. If it doesn't work out like you want you can always use your Recovery disks, but we've never had anyone need to do that before as we've never had a single complaint from those who finally get to enjoy native Win7 performance without the bloatware.

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My old laptop's (HP Pavilion DV6-1355dx) hard drive is malfunctioning, and the SMART feature is telling me a failure is imminent. I'm going to use the HP Recovery program to create a backup of Windows 7 to some blank DVDs.

When I install a new hard drive in the laptop, how do I go about installing Windows 7 to the laptop? At what point do I put it in the first DVD into the laptop? I've never done this before and dont know how to begin.


A:[SOLVED] Installing Windows 7 Recovery DVDs to a laptop with a new hard drive

Hello blu5oscar and welcome to TSF,

I am not certain of how to use the HP backup software, but there are a few options available...

1. Windows Image Backup - This will backup your entire HDD to another HDD, USB drive(s) or DVD(s). It would require a Windows 7 Recovery Disc to be made as well. You would boot to the recovery disc then select the Restore PC from image then insert/select the media containing the backup and choose the Image Backup. I don't believe this option will back up the OEM Recovery Partition though.

2. HDD Clone software. This is the method I usually use. Using a USB adapter, connect the new drive to the PC, boot the PC too the HDD Clone Disc (I use CopyWipe, available on the UBCD)... Choose the Source (Old HDD) and Destination drives then copy. It will copy all partitions and information from the old disc to the new disc (same size or larger).

3. HP Backup and Recovery software. As I stated, I have never used the HP software... But, according the the HP documentation it is supposed to be easy...


HP Backup and Recovery Manager is quick and user-friendly. To run, simply go to All Programs > HP Backup & Recovery > HP Backup and Recovery Manager.

With HP Backup & Recovery Manager, file restoration is easy. To recover a deleted file, simply use the Restore Wizard. For a full system restoration, press the F11 key during bootup and then select "Recover PC" from the menu.

Unf... Read more

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Basically i have a Lenovo ThinkPad L530 laptop.

I've created the recovery DVDs, but unbeknown to me at the time - you're only allowed to create one set. What i'd like is to put this onto a USB stick.

Currently i have:

DVD #1 - Boot Media: (312mb)

The boot DVD containing "BOOT" folder, BootMgr file which is quite small & Winre.Wim at about 300mb.

DVD #2 - Data DVD #1: (4.03GB)

factory recovery folder, recovery folder & Autorun file

DVD #3 - Data DVD #2: (3.87GB)

factory recovery folder & recovery folder (NO autorun file)

DVD #4 - Data DVD #3: (3.04GB)

factory recovery folder, recovery folder, LenovoQDrive file, qdrive icon file.
My USB stick is 16GB capacity.

So basically i'd like to make the USB stick the recovery media. I can't do this from the laptop as Lenovo only let you create one ......... so how can i do this? Can i do this would be the first question & if so - how?

A:Creating Lenovo Laptop Recovery media from DVDs. Laptop wont let me do

Hi Nelly I also have an Lenovo its a different model than yous is but I can make as many copies of the recovery discs
as I want . You could make a systems image which would be a lot better than the recovery discs as with them you will always have the bloated software that comes with Lenovo models saying that you would need a lot more space than your 16gb usb drive .

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My computer will play DVD burned on disc, but will not play the ones I buy from the store. It used to. Now it won't even recognize they're there.

A:Computer won't recognize original DVDs; Will recognise 'burnt' DVDs

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I have in my possession an Asus X550CA laptop which was running Windows 8.1 before it failed to boot. The machine cycled through the automatic repair, failed, and then did nothing. The advanced bootup options were useless, including chkdsk, sfc and the usual suspects. The recovery partition was apparently missing, atleast, I couldn't use it, but doing a diskpart confirmed it was there so I suspect the 8.1 upgrade broke the link to it.

I tried the "refresh your PC" option, but this told me the drive was locked, and disabling secure boot via the BIOS did nothing (thought it would at first). In addition, the reset your PC option wanted recovery media which I didn't have at the time.

I ordered the official Asus recovery DVDs as the laptop did not have media created when it was new, hit F9 and went to the "reset your PC' option, but it told me the recovery media wasn't valid. Odd given it's official Asus media from Mentor Media, for that specific machine.

From the legacy BIOS I booted from the DVD, it loaded the Asus specific Windows 8 recovery options from the disk and I get as far as "Start rebuild Windows system process", with "processing...." underneath and the machine does no more.

I've also tried UEFI booting from the DVD drive and get the same as above.

Any suggestions welcome please!


A:Unable to restore Asus X550CA using Asus recovery DVDs

Is the ASUS recovery media Windows 8.0 or 8.1? It may be because the recovery disks are 8.0 and it's a conflict because your now running 8.1. The 8.0 to 8.1 upgrade does break the factory recover feature on some laptops. ASUS for sure I think. I have a K75DE, that shipped with Windows 8.0. I clean installed with Windows 8.1 from here, Create installation media for Windows 8.1 - Windows Help. It reads and uses my 8.0 OEM embedded code and activates online automatically. no muss no fuss. That tool will create a bootable USB thumb drive that will work with UEFI for you. If you need any more info just ask and i'll see if I can help. I don't know why your getting the "Start rebuild Windows system process" message and the lock up? It may be because the partition structure has changed on the Drive. I created a Recovery drive, then swapped in an SSD and it would not work on the SSD. It kept saying required partition missing. That's why I bailed and did a clean install. I was leaning in that direction anyway.

EDIT: If I don't get back to you tonight don't panic. I have company coming and may not get back online until tomorrow morning. Have to go now.

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I have a Mashita 842s DVD-RAM superdrive in my Toshiba M400 notebook. I am running XP w/SP3. I don't recall whether or not in the past I've tried to play movie dvds on it using such as WinDVD and Windows Media Player 11. However, recently I've had the need to do so. Unfortunately, although data DVDs (both those I've burned myself and software discs) and audio cds can be read without a problem, movie dvds are not recognized as even being in the drive. The lack of recognition includes Windows Explorer, WinDVD and Windows Media Player. Because the other type of discs work fine, I'm assuming this a software or configuration problem. I've used both Windows and a third party utility and both say the driver(s) are the most recent. I would appreciate any and all assistance in diagnosing and correcting this problem. Thanks.

A:Data DVDs OK, but movie DVDs not recognized

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Hi there, I?m new to this forum so please forgive me if I?m posting in the wrong place.
I use Record Now for copying and burning it?s Sonic/Roxio software.
Up to very recently I have been able to copy DVDs I have made myself with no problems, the last one was on August 27th this year, however When I try to copy even the same disc that was OK in August Record now reads the disc and asks for a blank disc to be inserted, you do this and after a few seconds it ejects the disk asking for a blank disc. I have no trouble copying a CD it is only DVDs. I had a nose round the web and found many people complaining about this problem, but the date of these were either 2005 or 2006 and nothing since, incidentally there didn?t seem to be any answers. I have used the same discs I always use, I did try an other make with the same results. I just wonder if any of you nice people have had a similar problem and hopefully found the answer Any help would be appreciated.

O.S Windows XP 3 Media Center Edition.

A:Cannot copy DVDs

It may be that the DVD Laser has weakened and the CDRom laser is OK.When You say the same disk do you mean the same spindle (Batch) or a new set of the same brand? If a new purchase of the same brand they may have changed the discs.I suppose you tried backing up data to the DVD Drive and it did not burn either?And of course over the years I have seen many worn out Optical drives that just get flaky and then die entirely.Have you been seeing power calibration errors?AS a test try ImgBurn http://www.videohelp.com/tools/ImgBurn It is all I use. To test with it you would choose Create Image File from Disc Then Write Image file to DiscJust remember not to install the toolbar when installing it. I use ImgBurn for CDs, DVDs and BluRays.Also if you choose Write Files/Folder to Disc , then Tools, Drive then go to the bottom of that and select Check for firmware updates to see if you are up to date.Good LuckRoger

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I have collection of DVD movies and need to copy them as I want to gift them to a friend of mine. I have my friends using softwares of this kind but they usually land up with some problem and spoil up the work. Can anyone suggest me a good on that I can use?
Thanks in advance!!!

A:Need to copy DVDS!!!

Hi tuan, and welcome to TSG.

What kind of DVDs are the originals? If they are commercially made movie DVDs, you might want to read this web site's rules page.

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I cant copy some movie DVDs in hard disc.
am using lg Dvd writter wid 18x.
following error msg displays,

"Cannot copy VTS_: Data error(cyclic redundancy check)"

How to copy Dvd to hard disc.
Thanks Everybody.

A:Cannot copy movie dvds

Hi taju, tell me is this error coming up with every single DVD you have trying to copy or particular one?
Can you copy some content of the DVD or it happens on starting of copying?

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I work as a technician in a multimedia lab. we get a lot of customers who want us to burn thier VHS tapes to DVD. but now we have an advertising agency that wants us to burn 5000 DVDs. and they want them copy protected.

will we need a new dvd writer to be able to copy protect DVDs? or new software [we are using nero6 right now]? we want to get a new DVD writer anyway, because the one we have right now is one of the earliest models that came out and is quite slow.

How does one go about copy protecting DVDs? and we need a new dvd writer. any recommendations. we need something fast and reliable.

A:Copy Protected DVDs

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Is it possible to backup a hard drive that uses Windows xp, service pack 2, onto DVD's? When I try to use Microsoft backup application it wont let me go to the E drive which is where I have a DVD writer. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

A:Copy/Backup on DVDs

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I currently use nero to burn dvds, but it won't let me copy dvds because of copyright laws. Is there any program that will help me copy dvds?

A:I need a program to copy dvds.

DVD Shrink, DVD Decrypter, a couple commercial ones, VLC I think (but that way isn't very elegant).

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I have two CD Roms that are working. When I put a CD in, or a DVD, they both play. The E Drive is a Samsung according to the name on the drawer. But when I click on Properties, I get LITE-ON CD-RW SOHR-5239V [CD-ROM drive]
TSSTcorp CD/DVDW TS-H552U [CD-ROM drive]
and when I try to copy a legal DVD, I get a "Media not ready" message.
I'm using Intervideo DVDCopy 5, which works very well on my other computer.

Any suggestions would be appreciated.

A:Can't copy legal DVDs

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I cant copy pictures to a dvd. every time i try i get "windows has encountered a problem when trying to copy this file. What do you want windows to do?" Then there is three options which are "Retry" "Skip" and "Cancel".
I can copy pictures to cds...
and i can burn movies to dvds...
so anyone have any ideas why i cant burn pictures?

A:[SOLVED] can't copy pictures to dvds...

no idea
can only recommend trying your luck with other burning programs such as nero or vso etc...

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Any advice on who to speak to regarding learning to use nero to copy dvds?

A:learning to use nero to copy dvds

Did you look in the User Guide (they are .pdf files)called "Nero Burning ROM?" There are instructions for making a copy there.

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i recently purchased nero 7 ultra, + im having problems copying my dvd collection. i have about 300 dvds + all my friends + family borrow a few now + again. usually when i get them back they are scratched or i dont get them back. i thought if i bought nero7 it would solve my problems, + i could keep the originals in good condition. its actually added to the problem as the manual isnt very clear in explaining how to copy my dvds. i also have sonic7 but couldnt get that to copy dvds either. the only thing that let me copy them was clonedvd2 with dvdregion + css free. i also have virtual clone drive +dvdshrink v3.2. can someone please shed some light on how to copy dvds with nero7? im ready for taking it back to the shop(pcworld) + sticking with clonedvd2 + dvdregion + css free. i would be greatful for some help as i dont know where to go from here. thank you

A:cant copy my dvds with nero 7 ultra. !HELP!

If you have Nero installed on your computer and DvdShrink all you need to do is open the dvd with DvdShrink, reauthor pick the main movie, then click backup and choose your dvd burner as the location then click OK and DvdShrink will do all the work. You don't even have to open Nero.

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I would like to put all my DVD films, which takes up a lot of space, onto
an external hard drive so I can play them on my TV
I am told I need a NAS drive, Media Player, Power Line Adaptor, and
some Software to rip the movies.
I assume that, since I already own the original DVDs, I am not doing anything illegal.
So any advice on Hardware, Software and instructions on how to achieve the above
would be appreciated.
Although I am not a computer dunce, I am also not an expert, so please do not
get too technical with me.



A:Copy DVDs to Hard Drive

The legality of this is questionable, so I'm not going to help with a specific solution. But it sounds like you're getting a lot of opinions on this without starting with some basic information.

The first question would be how do you plan to get the files to play on the TV? Does the TV have network connectivity built in? Does it have apps? Or the ability to connect to a media server? Or does it have a USB port? If so, does it support specific file types?

If all of these questions sounds like Greek, then you're probably thinking there's some magical way files can be played on a TV, and there's not. You would need to make some decisions about the hardware and software you want to setup and purchase.

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