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How many DVDs required

by golden1 / April 15, 2012 9:17 AM PDT

I have purchased a new computer and would like to know how many DVDs I need to make Recovery Disks.
and
Can I use CDs in the Multimedia Optical Drive.

HP Pavilion
Windows 7 Home Premium
Service Pack: 1.0

Memory (RAM)
Capacity: 6.0 GB

Hard DISK 931 GB

Processor
Intel(R) Core(TM) i3-2130 CPU @ 3.4 GHz

Internet Explorer 9

Thanks in advance,

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From 3 to 12.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 15, 2012 9:39 AM PDT
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The usual I encounter is 3 with a new record set by some machine hitting 12.
Bob

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How many DVDs required
by golden1 / April 15, 2012 12:05 PM PDT
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If twelve, I would rather purchase them. Wonder why 12?

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DVD NOT CD
by pgc3 / April 16, 2012 1:22 AM PDT
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You will want to use DVD'S NOT CD'S. As Bob stated, usually it is 3 and perhaps 4 DVD'S. Typically you can use either the + or the - format, do NOT use DVD/RW disks. If you use CD'S, which you probably could, you would be all day and then some creating the disks, so by all means go out and purchase DVD'S box stores sell them in several different quantities I would get at least a dozen if for nothing more than just future use.

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I wondered too.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 16, 2012 1:30 AM PDT
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I guess they copied the entire HDD to DVD when they made the Restore Media. But that's me guessing.
Bob

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Whole HDD
by pgc3 / April 16, 2012 4:34 AM PDT
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Geeez Bob, I never thought of that, now you really have me scratching my head....

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I suggest...
by Willy / April 16, 2012 1:38 AM PDT
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Why don't you simply have a new DVD bundle(25?) and allow the ease of mind that you'll have more than enough. Plus, you'll have spare DVDs for later as the need arises. In most cases I find 4 DVD or less will do, but as PCs come pre-loaded with whatever s/w bundle(s) it may ask for more. Most new DVD drives will access CDs as well. You want DVD +/- variety but find + works best.

tada -----Willy Happy

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How many DVDs required
by golden1 / April 16, 2012 5:16 AM PDT
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Thanks for all the Info. I'm considering buying the recovery set from HD. I have heard it costs $20.

I assume I can play my CD music. It that true?

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You're welcome
by Willy / April 17, 2012 2:10 AM PDT
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If you like then buy from HP those "recovery discs" for your model#. Of course, the actual HP make your own recovery discs process will be available to you under the HP pgms. provided when your ready should the need arise. If you want discrete info on making your own recovery discs, that info is available either by doc file in manual or support website.

As for playing music CDs, that shouldn't be a problem. It will defer to the OS own media player or whatever else you have directed to do this as well either by design or default. The same for any audio/music files as well.

good luck -----Willy Happy

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How many DVDs required
by golden1 / April 17, 2012 4:11 AM PDT
In reply to: You're welcome

Thank you for the Info.

And thanks again to all who replied. Very helpfull.

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