Dear Computer Lady,
When I got my HP Laptop computer I was disappointed it did not come with Disks that I could use if my computer crashed.
When I went to back up my computer I had 16 CD’s that I used and was still Not backed up completely.
How can I back up my computer so I do not lose things that I have saved? Do you really need that many CD’s to back up your computer???
I have 202 GB of free space and 287 GB of total size.
Thank you! Mary Ann
Dear Mary Ann,
There are a couple of things you can do to get those disks in case your computer crashes. You need to do them now, though, don’t wait until you actually have a problem.
The first thing you can do is give HP a call. I know that last year, they would send you a recovery disk set free of charge if you called soon after purchasing a new HP computer. If not free, they will be able to sell you a set for $20.
The next thing to try is to create your own recovery disk. Usually the computer will only let you do this once, so make sure you have the right tools before you start the job. CDs are no longer large enough to hold your recovery files, and many recovery disk programs will not even let you use them. Instead, get yourself 5 or 6 DVD-R disks, and you will have more than enough to create your recovery disk set. Usually, it takes about three disks.
It takes almost 8 CD-R disks to hold as much as one DVD-R disk, so you can see why DVDs are a much better choice.
Once you have your disks, search your start menu for “Recovery” and you should find HPs program for creating recovery disks. Just follow the prompts to create your set. Again, if you have problems with this, be sure to give HP a call. They are very good at making sure you get recovery media.
One last thing that I want to mention is that creating these recovery disks will give you the ability to restore the computer to the way it was when you brought it home from the store. You will still need to backup your data files. My suggestion is that you use an online program like Mozy or Carbonite.