Usually the recovery discs contain everything you need, but it's possible they might need something from the recovery partition, so check with Dell. I'd definitely burn the discs, but I'd also get myself an external hard drive and good backup program and do a full system backup. You can buy 1 TB external HDs for around $70 and there's an excellent free backup program Easeus Todo Backup Free, which you can download from http://www.todo-backup.com/products/home/free-backup-software.htm .
I need some common sense help here that I have been unable to get on my google search. 25 different answers, all of them different.
I have a Dell XPS laptop running Win 7 that has a hard drive on it's way out. It does not have a recovery partition installed.
My question, if I burn the recovery DVDs using the Win 7 function in the Backup/Restore area, can I replace the drive and use them to reinstall windows? Or, do I need the Win7 DVD that doesn't come with the compluters anymore?
What is the recovery discs used for?