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    OS: recovery protection (XP Home (SP2))

    (if this topic has been aired before, grateful someone points me towards a link)

    Would appreciate some basic guidance please: Like, I suspect, a lot of others, when I purchased my computer (a PB ixtreme 6052 from PC World) earlier this year it came with Windows XP (Home) pre-installed and, as a consequence, no Windows CD recovery disc (I was ignorant of such niceties.

    Now realising just how

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    Re: OS: recovery protection (XP Home (SP2))

    Keith,

    Congratulations on SP-2. The very great majority of SP-2 installs go well. There is a very samll percentage that have had problems. As far as backup goes, I think most Loungers would recommend Acronis True Image. I'm sure that others can chime in with their reasons. I'm still using Drive Image (the technology upon which Ghost 9.0 is based) without any problems. So, I'm not in a big hurry to change. IMO, you do NOT want to just try to copy your drive to another drive. The COPY will not touch any files in use. You want to use backup software. You may want to consider another drive - either internal or external. External is safer as it can be stored elsewhere.

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    Re: OS: recovery protection (XP Home (SP2))

    Hi Keith. As far as I'm aware, Packard Bell do not supply an original Windows XP CD as part of their licensing agreement with Microsoft. They do however usually have a hidden partition on the drive from which a full (or partial recovery can be made). They also (I believe) provide the facility for burning this information onto 2 or 3 'recovery CDs' that you can use in the event of a dribe failure (or if you just want the space on your drive back!).

    Check your documentation for 'recovery procedures' or something similar. Let me know how you get on.
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    Re: OS: recovery protection (XP Home (SP2))

    Or even in the event of a DRIVE failure. Sorry... <img src=/S/stupidme.gif border=0 alt=stupidme width=30 height=30>
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    Re: OS: recovery protection (XP Home (SP2))

    That's OK, a dribe failure is nowhere NEAR as fatal as a drive failure! <img src=/S/fire.gif border=0 alt=fire width=15 height=15> <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>
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    Re: OS: recovery protection (XP Home (SP2))

    Joe,
    Thanks for advice. Acronis True Image seems to offer everything I'm looking for and doesn't appear to be too complicated - and, importantly, is available in UK as an 'off the shelf' item (I only have a 56k dial-up modem, so it's easier if I purchase software as a package rather than try downloading). I think I'll also have to bite the bullet and get myself of an external hard drive - seems a sensible thing to do. Interestingly, following response from Lyra J, I've delved around and found that I do have capability to create basic Master backup CDs (approx 10 of them!) which will provide me with ability to recover to an 'original factory settings' condition - but nothing else. Apparently, PB puts its back-up software on a hidden partition on the hard drive ( thanks Lyra J!) which, when freed up, provides an additional 2Gb of free space under a newly created D:
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    Re: OS: recovery protection (XP Home (SP2))

    Lyra J,
    Thank you! You are quite correct, there is a hidden partition on my hard drive which contains back-up data, and there's also a facility within to create a set of Master back-up CDs (approx 10!) which will restore to 'original factory settings' (but nothing else). - Found it under a sub-heading on my start up menu; It's called Smart Restore (what else!). Once the CDs are burned, back-up data on the hard drive is erased and a new partition created (D with 2Gb of free space.
    Many thanks for pointing me in the right direction.
    Keith

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