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recovery disk quick question

by Lisa / May 3, 2006 8:45 AM PDT

Hi everyone- i bought a preinstalled xp home edition sp2 compaq presario- no disks - they said i didnt need them- but i should make them- that part i understand .my comp has a dvd+writer/cd writer,i read that i can either make them on cd's or dvd's. the question is i dont know anything about the disks to buy- i'd like to do it on the dvd's but not sure what i need disk wise- i have blank disks that say cd-r. but if i do the dvd ones do i need to buy dvd-r's or dvd+r's- (or is there any difference?)like i said the simple part i dont get- what do i look for on the dvd labels to know which to buy for the recovery disks????? thanks so much.

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by John.Wilkinson / May 3, 2006 9:23 AM PDT

For instructions on burning your Recovery System disks, click here. The article seems outdated, however. The last time I checked, HP allows you to use either CD-Rs or DVD+Rs (but not CD-RW, DVD-R, DVD+RW, or DVD-RW). They may have added DVD-R compatibility in the past few months (when you launch the Recovery System CD creator it should tell you what options you have), but DVD+R is the safe way to go. It should take 8 CD-Rs or 2 DVD+Rs for the full set.

Hope this helps,

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Have you checked the manual or online guide?
by gargoyle_xlvii / May 3, 2006 11:58 AM PDT

I am sure there must be something in the information that was packaged with the computer.
If not go to the HP website and use their forums and knowledge base to find the information.

You will need the model number of your machine probably.

You could also go to control panel / hardware and look up what type of dvd burner you have then google for that model.

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thank you both
by Lisa / May 3, 2006 2:26 PM PDT

they sent very litle paper books with this system- i was suprised- i will look at the type of burner i have ans chec its website for tips and help- thanks

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recovery DVD
by XScarface98X / May 4, 2006 6:42 AM PDT
In reply to: thank you both

I have a compaq presario sr1619uk and I burnt the recovery onto dvd+r. this disk works well as Ive already had to restore/reformat my PC.

The DVD rewriter will burn to both + and -. I have used both types since and found no difference in quality.

The compaq user guides can be found via an icon on your desk top or via the programs menu.

hope this helps

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thank you
by Lisa / May 4, 2006 7:14 AM PDT
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i will make them tonight- i know that if i screw them up i can order the recovery disks for a few bucks- thanks again

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