The Dell line of computers has a secondary partition on its hard drives that stores all the original system settings. If your Dell ever stops working properly, the partition is available to revert the computer back to its factory condition. In addition to using the partition, you may also want to create a recovery DVD for an added layer of security. Your Dell includes the "Data Safe Local Backup" software, which is specifically designed to make a DVD copy of the data on the recovery partition.
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Things you need
- Blank DVD
Open the Dell computer's Start menu and click the "All Programs" icon. Navigate to the entry labelled "Dell Data Safe Local Backup 2.0."
Select the icon named "Dell Data Safe Local Backup." Place a blank DVD into the Dell's disc drive and then shut down the Windows AutoPlay prompt that pops up on the screen.
Click the icon marked "Create your Recovery Discs." Select the "Create Recovery Discs Now" radio button and then choose "Next."
Click "Next" again and then follow the prompts on the screen to burn a recovery DVD from the Dell's recovery partition. Click "Finish" after the burning process ends.
Label the top side of the DVD with "Dell Recovery DVD" or a similar label.
Tips and warnings
- There may be more than one DVD required, depending on the storage space available for the specific type of rewritable DVD you are using. If the Dell Data Safe program needs more space to burn the recovery information, it will prompt you eject the current disc and insert another one.
- When you are ready to use the recovery disc, insert it into the Dell's disc drive and then open up the Dell Data Safe window again. Select the "Restore My Files" option and then go through the on-screen prompts to return your Dell computer to factory settings.
- The Dell Data Safe backup program is not compatible with the DVD+RW format. You can use any other type of blank DVD or CD format, however.
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