Disconnect from the Internet and close all other software.
Creating recovery discs is a resource-intensive process.
, and then All Programs
Click PC Help & Tools
and then Recovery Disc Creation
to start the program.
A Welcome screen opens.
Figure 1: Recovery Manager Welcome window
Click the Next
button on each screen to start the disc creation process.
A window opens listing the number of blank discs required to make a complete recovery set.
NOTE:Mini-discs are not compatible with the Recovery Disc Creation program.
Figure 2: Number of discs needed message
Number your discs with a permanent marker, in case you need to use them for a system recovery.
For example, if you are using 10 CDs, mark each 1 of 10
, 2 of 10
, 3 of 10
, and so forth. If you are using DVDs, mark the first 1 of 2
and the second 2 of 2
Enable the Next
button by inserting the first blank disc and closing the disc tray. Click Next
At the start of the disc creation process, if the following AutoPlay message displays, close it (click on the x
in the upper-right corner). This message has nothing to do with creating recovery discs.
Figure 3: AutoPlay message
A verification window opens, showing the disc type chosen and the number of discs needed.
Figure 4: Disc verification window
CAUTION:Cancelling the write process in the middle might result in a corrupted and unusable disc. Before cancelling, wait until the disc has completed the write verification process and prompts for the next disc.
The Recovery Manager Process screen opens. While this screen is viewable, several processes are taking place:
Collecting files -
The program collects needed files from the recovery partition.
Writing files onto disc -
The program burns the first disc.
Verifying CD or DVD contents -
The program verifies the contents of each disc.
Figure 5: Recovery Manager process screen
Wait for a message stating disc creation was successful.
Figure 6: Disc creation successful message
The disc tray opens automatically. If you have not done so, mark it 1 of _ (the total number of discs)
with a permanent marker.
Mark the next disc 2 of _
, and insert it into the disc tray.
NOTE:The AutoPlay message might display on the desktop. If it does, close it by clicking on the x
in the upper-right corner. This message has nothing to do with creating recovery discs.
The same process begins for Disc 2 and subsequent discs, if they are required. With the successful burning of each disc, a disc creation successful
message is opened and the disc tray automatically opens allowing you to retrieve the disc.
Continue creating discs until you see the following message.
Figure 7: System Recovery Discs Creation complete message
Be sure all discs are marked appropriately, and save them in a safe place.
CAUTION: It is important to protect the discs that you created. Store these discs in a safe dark place. Do not store discs in areas that receive sunlight as data on the discs might be lost over time.
If the Recovery Disc Creation program is started again after a complete set of recovery discs has been made, another screen displays stating only one recovery set is allowed. The only choice is to click OK
and exit the program. If the recovery disc set is incomplete or damaged and this message opens, use another method to obtain new discs. See
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Figure 8: Disc creation denial message