Acer Recovery... what does it recover?

  Simsy 14:19 27 Jan 2011
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Folks,

A friend has recently bought a new Acer laptop, and has been using it for a little while, (circa 3 weeks), so it is now not quite "as new"...

I now have it to "set it up".

I have run the recovery programme to burn recovery DVDs, (and the apps and drivers one as well)

I have a simple question;
If a recovery is done using these DVDs, does it recover back to "out of the factory", or to what is was like at the time I made the recovery discs?

Anyone know?

Thanks in advance,

Regards,

Simsy

  james105051 14:28 27 Jan 2011

Back to factory, i.e as it was at the time of purchase, perhaps investing in a back up utility such as Acronis True Image would be a better solution.

  GaT7 14:34 27 Jan 2011

"If a recovery is done using these DVDs...."

I think it will restore to the time you made these recovery discs.

Restoring to a 'factory default' will restore your system from the recovery partition, which stays the same from the time you purchased the laptop.

Also see click here. G

  Simsy 14:57 27 Jan 2011

2 opposing answers however!

Thanks for the link Crossbow... I'll print that out.

True Image is being purchased anyway... I just wanted to be able to explain to the owner what the discs I've created are?

Regards,

Simsy

  bremner 15:16 27 Jan 2011

If you create the disk from the Acer eRecovery Application - Start > All Programs > Acer > Acer eRecovery Management then accodring to the latest Acer Generic User Guide then this creates a disk to 'Restore to Factory" ie it does not restore to the time you made the disk.

  GaT7 15:16 27 Jan 2011

click here to confirm what I said.

Creating recovery discs on an ongoing basis is the same as using Acronis TI - they both create 'images' of the hard disk. So you can save the new owner's money there. G

  GaT7 15:31 27 Jan 2011

See click here (PDF file - can save to laptop for printing if required), which says BOTH kind of backups are possible depending on the choices you make during the process. G

  onthelimit 15:34 27 Jan 2011

That's interesting Crossbow - I wonder if other manufacture's programmes do the same. I thought like the others, ie back to 'factory fresh'.

  Nontek 15:36 27 Jan 2011

Hi, I am currently in the process of setting up a friends Acer lappie - doing more or less the same as you, but I have uninstalled all the Acer bloat including the so-called backup options. I will be installing Acronis later on so that I can do a Proper Backup! Shall also be adding more RAM.

Good luck with yours.

  bremner 15:38 27 Jan 2011

The latest Acer User Guide that I have downloaded states:

The eRecovery System two features.

Quote

1. Burn backup discs
From the Backup page of Acer eRecovery Management, you can burn the factory default image or back up drivers and applications.
1 Click on Start > All Programs > Acer > Acer eRecovery Management.


So it can either creates a Restore to factory or a backup of drivers and applications. It does not seem to suggest a full backup of a current setup

  bremner 15:41 27 Jan 2011

To took long to type and had a distraction in the middle of doing so. I responded to the 15:16 post.

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