Windows Vista recovery installation CD(s) from Sony Vaio


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John Goche

Hello,

I have a Sony Vaio laptop which came with Windows Vista.
Does anyone know how I can proceed to burn a recovery
CD or CDs or DVD in such a way that if my hard drive
crashes along with the hidden restore partition it contains
then I can purchase a new laptop hard drive, insert it and
screw it into place, and then reinstall Vista on it using
the recovery CDs or DVD I made from my Sony Vaio?

Thank you for your help in letting me know
how to create such recovery disks,

John Goche
 
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Mike Hall - MVP

John Goche said:
Hello,

I have a Sony Vaio laptop which came with Windows Vista.
Does anyone know how I can proceed to burn a recovery
CD or CDs or DVD in such a way that if my hard drive
crashes along with the hidden restore partition it contains
then I can purchase a new laptop hard drive, insert it and
screw it into place, and then reinstall Vista on it using
the recovery CDs or DVD I made from my Sony Vaio?

Thank you for your help in letting me know
how to create such recovery disks,

John Goche

Use the Vaio Recovery Wizard (should be in the Start Menu somewhere) and if
you can't find it, call Sony Support..
 
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John Goche

Use the Vaio Recovery Wizard (should be in the Start Menu somewhere) and if
you can't find it, call Sony Support..

Thank you. I was able to find the link under
Start Menu -> Vaio Recovery Center -> Vaio Recovery Center
and then on the left hand side I clicked on
Create Recovery Disks
and then scrolled the pane on the right hand side until a button
labelled "Start" was visible in the lower right hand corner and
clicked on it to create the Recovery DVDs.
Basically it is not possible to have backup CDs like with
versions of windows available prior to Windows Vista.
Now you need 3 DVDs (or 2 DVDs in case of DL (double layer)
DVDs which are the ones which can be written on both sides).

Thank you for your help on how to create the 3 backup DVDs.

I am going to do this as I plan to install Linux for dual booting
and want to make sure that I don't lose my data.

Best Regards,

John Goche
 
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Mike Hall - MVP

John Goche said:
Thank you. I was able to find the link under
Start Menu -> Vaio Recovery Center -> Vaio Recovery Center
and then on the left hand side I clicked on
Create Recovery Disks
and then scrolled the pane on the right hand side until a button
labelled "Start" was visible in the lower right hand corner and
clicked on it to create the Recovery DVDs.
Basically it is not possible to have backup CDs like with
versions of windows available prior to Windows Vista.
Now you need 3 DVDs (or 2 DVDs in case of DL (double layer)
DVDs which are the ones which can be written on both sides).

Thank you for your help on how to create the 3 backup DVDs.

I am going to do this as I plan to install Linux for dual booting
and want to make sure that I don't lose my data.

Best Regards,

John Goche

John

They are NOT backup disks. Use of them will setup your machine to factory
setting, that is, as you bought it.

You need to use a backup application like Paragon or Acronis TrueImage..
 
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Gene E. Bloch

Now you need 3 DVDs (or 2 DVDs in case of DL (double layer)
DVDs which are the ones which can be written on both sides).

Just to pont out - double layer disks are double layer disks, not
double sided disks. You will not want to try turning them over...

They really are two layers on the same side, one above the other. The
laser optics focus so precisely that both the burning and the reading
can deal with one layer at a time.
 
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John Goche

Thank you for all your help,

I was able to create the Windows Vista Home Premium
recovery disks on both laptops. Nevertheless I am
somewhat puzzled by the fact that on one Sony
VAIO laptop required two regular single-layer
backup DVDs whereas another Sony VAIO
laotop required three regular single-layer DVDs.
Nevertheless the creation of these disks was
successful in both cases and took around
one hour and a half. Thank you for all your
help,

John Goche
 
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Mark Adams

EmilyC said:
I was able to create the Windows Vista Home Premium
recovery disks on both laptops. Nevertheless I am
somewhat puzzled by the fact that on one Sony
VAIO laptop required two regular single-layer
backup DVDs whereas another Sony VAIO
laotop required three regular single-layer DVDs.
Nevertheless the creation of these disks was
successful in both cases and took around
one hour and a half. Thank you for all your
help,

I am so jealous. My laptop did not come with the Vista disc and now I
can't reinstall it on my laptop cos after running System Recovery disc,
the OS is now missing. I don't know what to do now. :cry:

Your laptop probably has a hidden recovery partition on the hard drive that
you use to restore your operating system. Read your owner's manual for the
instructions about how to initiate the process. You do it right at startup by
pressing the proper key. (read the manual)
 

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