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How to create recovery disks on Toshia - missing . .

by pudderjane / November 20, 2007 8:57 AM PST

I have a Toshiba Satellite A135-S4477 that I bought used. Everything works great, except when I go through the user guide on how to create recovery disks(none came with system). It says that I should have a program called 'Recovery Disk Creator' but it is not on the system. How else can I make recovery disks - I know that buying them is an option at Toshiba = price before shipping is $45.00.

Judy H

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by YankeesNYwins / November 20, 2007 9:12 AM PST
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In reply to: How to create recovery disks on Toshia - missin
by pudderjane / November 20, 2007 9:24 AM PST
In reply to: Question

I am so sorry, I forgot to add - It is Vista Home Premium.

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Save your money.
by YankeesNYwins / November 20, 2007 9:44 PM PST

If you have the product key don't worry about a recovery disk.

Just use any public copy of Windows Vista Home Premium if you ever have to reinstall the operating system.

When you try to activate it will the phone number on the screen and a Microsoft operator will activate it for you...
You must tell her {him} the legal product key off the tower or computer case. She will then read you sets of numbers and activate it for you if it is a legal operating system still on the original hard drive.

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Not Really The Easiest For Most....
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / November 21, 2007 1:18 AM PST
In reply to: Save your money.

The Recovery discs will install all the drivers and included software that came from the factory, assuming the computer came with Vista from the factory. A Vista CD won't do that... Many users don't want to hunt down all the drivers and programs that came preinstalled and as such, it's much easier to do the Recovery Disc thing.

If you're a scratch builder of computers, then that's different.. You would already have the original drivers and installation discs for all the programs.

Besides, even though there are a lot of Vista computers in homes now,, there aren't a lot of retail Vista discs running around..

Hope this helps.


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Grif, not so from what I have seen.
by YankeesNYwins / November 21, 2007 10:20 AM PST

All the computers that I have seen only have the Vista DVD as the recovery disk...

You are still stuck in Windows XP mode..

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(NT) Awesome - Thanks :-)
by pudderjane / November 21, 2007 7:04 AM PST
In reply to: Save your money.
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Toshiba Gives The Instructions In Your User Guide..
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / November 21, 2007 1:17 AM PST

But not all of their computers have a Recovery Partition which allows for those discs to be created.. Does your computer have a Recovery Partition? (It will be listed as a separate partition "D" or such in "Computer".) If it's not there, then you can't create the discs and other options such as purchasing the Recovery Discs will be necessary.. If it IS there, then recognize that you can perform a Recovery using the partition if necessary. (Likwise, if it's there, then you should be able to find the "Disc Creator" options in your Start Menu.) ON this computer HP, it's located in the Start-All Programs-PC Help and Tools section. Unfortunately, the Recovery partition won't help with a complete recovery should the hard drive die and as such Recovery discs are always a good idea.

You also mentioned that you bought it used.. Is Vista the native operating system or was it upgraded to Vista using a Vista disc.

Hope this helps.


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Vista was already on the computer when bought new -
by pudderjane / November 21, 2007 7:40 AM PST

I do have 2 physical hard drives - c: (80)GB and d: (100)GB. c: has 51.3 free of 73 and d: has 93 free of 93.1. But neither says anything about partitions.

It sounds like I need to just get the discs from Toshiba.

Thanks so much for your help !

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