A recovery partition exists on the hard drive of each Dell XPS model computer. Its job is to restore your XPS back to its factory condition in the event the computer suffers a major failure or is infected with a virus that isn't worth the effort to remove. Besides being able to restore the computer, the recovery partition also includes an option for making your own bootable recovery discs on a rewritable CD or DVD.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- Rewritable disc
Place a rewritable disc in your Dell XPS computer's CD or DVD burning drive. Exit the "AutoPlay" prompt, if it appears, without choosing any of the options in the window.
Open the Dell XPS "Start" menu and choose the "All Programs" folder. Navigate to the "Dell DataSafe" folder and click the "Dell DataSafe Local Backup" option.
Click the option in the Dell DataSafe window labelled "Create Recovery Discs." Scroll through the list of options, and click the "Create My Recover Disc Now" radio button.
Click the "Next" button. Click the option for your CD or DVD burning drive and choose "Next" again to start burning the Dell XPS bootable recovery disc.
Select the "Finish" option to eject the bootable disc. Label the top of the disc with "XPS Boot Disc" or something similar.
Tips and warnings
- To restore your Dell XPS computer from the boot disc, insert the disc into the drive and restart the computer. Tap "F8" when the Dell splash screen shows on the monitor. Navigate to the "Repair Your Computer" option and tap "Enter." Click "Next" and choose the "Dell Factory Image Recovery and DataSafe Options" link. Follow the DataSafe recovery options on the screen to reload your XPS computer's factory settings.
- If you are able to access the operating system you can also recover your XPS computer directly from the DataSafe program. Click the "Restore My Files" option instead of the "Create Recovery Discs" option and follow the directions on the screen.
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