PC World/Packard Bell recovery software

  albu 17:51 01 Oct 2006

My nephew just purchased a packard bell pc package from pc world.System recovery software was on the hard drive, so a back up of this was made to DVD. Although no original Win xp disk came with the pc, it seemed to be part of system recovery. It allows for a partial restore, back to factory settings or format hard drive with just XP installed.

Question: Are these system recovery software disks just as good as having the original XP disk or are they better?


  Diodorus Siculus 17:57 01 Oct 2006

I much prefer to have the original disk - that way I can install XP as I want it to be.

The system recovery disks are useful insofar as they take the PC back to how it was at new (if that's how you want it!).

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 18:36 01 Oct 2006

Prefer a full XP disk.

because restore disks often use a hidden partition on HDD if HDD goes or is formatted then recovery disk is useless.

your best option now, is to use Acronis True Image to copy the drive to a CD / DVD or an external HDD.

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