Want to make life easier on yourself if your computer ever craps out on you? Build your recovery discs the day you bring your computer home and store them somewhere you won’t lose them. Manufacturers used to send out recovery discs with the computers but now you’re responsible for creating your own. Most computers will actually ask you if you want to create the discs when you first fire it up. If you were like most of us and skipped that part, don’t worry it’s pretty simple to create them.
For Windows 7 click start then type Backup and Restore in the search box then click Backup and Restore. This will open up the backup and restore utility… Did I mention you should go to Backup and Restore to create this disc? 😉 Put a DVD in your DVD drive (I recommend using a USB drive instead of a DVD) then click the Create a system repair disc on the left hand side of the Backup and Restore window. Follow the simple prompts and voila, you now have a system repair and recovery disc. This will come in handy if your hard drive fails and you need to replace it. You will still need to keep the regular backups going to keep all of your personal files. This recovery disc will make life a lot easier when recovering from hardware failures, virus infections, and the awesome person sitting next to you that spills their drink on your computer when you’re flying back from California.
Windows 8 is a little bit different than Windows 7. In Windows 8 they want you to use a USB drive. Instead of searching for Backup and Restore we’re going to search for Recovery Drive then click Create a recovery drive. Check the box for “Copy the recovery partition from the PC to the recovery drive” and click Next. If it is greyed out then you do not have a recovery partition on your computer. You can create one but it’s best that a technician do this for you so you don’t lose any of your pictures, muisc, movies, etc… If it’s not greyed out you’re all set to create this savior of software and money. After clicking next insert your USB drive (a 32GB or 64GB should work, it will display the recommended size) into a USB port on your computer then click Create. This process will take some time to complete. Once it’s finished click Finish. If you have the option to remove the recovery partition I would recommend you keep the recovery partition it can come in handy to refresh your computer.