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System Backup (all of it!)

by BridgetW / February 4, 2008 8:35 PM PST

I need to know how to back-up my entire system and not just my files (my new computer didn't come with the Vista installation disks). Apparently in Vista you can't backup the system files.

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Maybe it does do that!
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 5, 2008 12:22 AM PST
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Name that computer...
by John.Wilkinson / February 5, 2008 2:49 AM PST

If Vista was preinstalled by the manufacturer and the DVD wasn't included there is most likely a hidden partition, whether you see an option to burn a DVD from it or not. Name the make/model and we'll go from there. You can also use third-party tools such as Acronis TrueImage and Norton Ghost to clone your hard drive as it is now, all personal files included or excluded.

John

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Name that computer
by BridgetW / February 5, 2008 6:12 AM PST
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I have a Dell Inspiron 531 and it did not come with the DVD

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Dell writes...
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 5, 2008 6:26 AM PST
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There was no CD/DVD shipped with the system, but there was a card directing me to a site where instructions would be to create my own recovery cd/dvd. I can't find a ready link on that so here's some other links.

http://support.dell.com/support/topics/global.aspx/support/dsn/en/document?c=us&cs=19&l=en&s=dhs&docid=3E48AE3870775D64E040A68F5B2877D4&journalid=456B8CC184A75379E040A68F27285D3D&Query=&SystemID=&ServiceTag=&contenttype=&os=&component=&lang=&doclang=&toggle=&dl=

https://support.dell.com/support/topics/global.aspx/support/dellcare/en/backupcd_form

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