the recovery disks, they are made from the restore partition. It won't effect what you have added and any hardware and software you added will need to be reinstalled after using the recovery disks.
You can use a disk image program like Acronis, to make an image of your system as it is on the day you make the image to another drive or to dvd's.
Using Acronis you can make an image of the whole hard drive from Windows and it's easy to use. You need to make a boot disk from the Acronis menu to restore the image to the same or another hard drive.
I have a sony vaio laptop vgn-aw125j with vista 64 os. I've
only had a few months and have not created backup disks yet.
I've read a little about acronis and norton save and restore
but i want to get some fresh opinions on what's working for
others. I suppose i should have make recovery disks onto dvd
when i 1st booted up but i didn't do this. Too late now i've
already put software and drivers on it for my peripheals. I'm
also looking for external harddrives for my backup location.
Any advice is much appreciated. I'm a novice when it comes to