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10
Backing up, restoring, and recovering
This chapter provides information about the following processes:
Creating recovery media and backups
Restoring and recovering your system
Creating recovery media and backups
1.
After you successfully set up the computer, create HP Recovery media. This step creates a
backup of the HP Recovery partition on the computer. The backup can be used to reinstall the
original operating system in cases where the hard drive is corrupted or has been replaced.
HP Recovery media you create will provide the following recovery options:
System Recovery—Reinstalls the original operating system and the programs that were
installed at the factory.
Minimized Image Recovery—Reinstalls the operating system and all hardware-related
drivers and software, but not other software applications.
Factory Reset—Restores the computer to its original factory state by deleting all
information from the hard drive and re-creating the partitions. Then it reinstalls the
operating system and the software that was installed at the factory.
See
Creating HP Recovery media
on page
72
.
2.
Use the Windows tools to create system restore points and create backups of personal
information. For more information and steps, see Help and Support. From the Start screen, type
help
, and then select
Help and Support
.
Creating HP Recovery media
HP Recovery Manager is a software program that offers a way to create recovery media after you
successfully set up the computer. HP Recovery media can be used to perform system recovery if the
hard drive becomes corrupted. System recovery reinstalls the original operating system and the
software programs installed at the factory, and then configures the settings for the programs. HP
Recovery media can also be used to customize the system or restore the factory image if you replace
the hard drive.
Only one set of HP Recovery media can be created. Handle these recovery tools carefully, and
keep them in a safe place.
HP Recovery Manager examines the computer and determines the required storage capacity for
the blank USB flash drive or the number of blank DVD discs that will be required.
To create recovery discs, your computer must have an optical drive with DVD writer capability,
and you must use only high-quality blank DVD-R, DVD+R, DVD-R DL, or DVD+R DL discs. Do
not use rewritable discs such as CD±RW, DVD±RW, double-layer DVD±RW, or BD-RE
(rewritable Blu-ray) discs; they are not compatible with HP Recovery Manager software. Or
instead you can use a high-quality blank USB flash drive.
If your computer does not include an integrated optical drive with DVD writer capability, but you
would like to create DVD recovery media, you can use an external optical drive (purchased
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