No restore disc supplied with notebook

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  1. Arvark

    Arvark Notebook Enthusiast

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    I'm still trying to get help with this...

    I'm shopping for a new notebook, but most of them do not come with Windows 7 OEM disc.

    How can one create a copy/backup of Windows 7 for future re-installs / better resale value?

    I also want to use my SSD, but as said... I need a way to move everything over.
     
  2. hockeymass

    hockeymass that one guy

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    You already have a thread about this, there's really no reason for a second one.
     
  3. Arvark

    Arvark Notebook Enthusiast

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    This thread is different... I'm asking how to keep a backup restore and among some other details.
     
  4. hockeymass

    hockeymass that one guy

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    Most manufacturers include a utility that will allow you to create your own recovery media. If you really want just a straight up copy of Windows 7, you could download the ISO from DigitalRiver and burn it to a disk.
     
  5. S.SubZero

    S.SubZero Notebook Deity

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    The vast majority of computers sold with Windows these days ("these days" meaning since 2006) are sold without a recovery disc. Instead, there's a partition on the hard disk that is used to reload the OS. Many come with the option to create an actual DVD set from this recovery partition. Not all do.
     
  6. Arvark

    Arvark Notebook Enthusiast

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    ...no wonder there are so many crappy used notebooks for sale on craigslist / eBay without any discs or recovery partitions.

    I'm still not comfortable with buying a notebook; creating recovery media would have been fine with me in the past, but now that I want to use my SSD I'm just not sure how this will effect it. AHCI / IDE

    I would really like to copy/backup the files BEFORE configuring and running the installation.

    Samsung notebook is looking really tempting right now, since they seem to be the only one that supply recovery Windows OEM disc.
     
  7. MrDJ

    MrDJ Notebook Nobel Laureate

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    download your operating system from digital river on this thread and burn it to disk. then use your product key. sorted :)
     
  8. qhn

    qhn Notebook User

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    Get yourself another drive, clone the one you have and you are set - full back-up and copy. That's how I would do if creating restored dvds/cds seems to be too much of an effort.

    cheers ...
     
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    hockeymass that one guy

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    Get another drive? What?
     
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    krr04 Notebook Enthusiast

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    I haven't seen recovery discs with a new computer in a few years. I think all the Windows 7 ISO's are compatible with all the Windows 7 COA's, not like Windows XP where you needed a certain COA for each ISO. But yea it was nice to have that extra disc.
     
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