Some Hewlett-Packard computers do not come with recovery discs, but allow you to burn one set of discs from the computer's set-up. If something happens to those discs, the computer will not allow you to burn another through the set-up program, and you will have to contact HP customer support to purchase new discs. Because of this, it's important to create a backup copy of these discs in the case of emergency.
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Things you need
- Disc burning software
- Disc burner
- Blank disc media
Insert the original copy of your HP recovery discs into your computer's disc burner.
Launch burning software that has the ability to burn "ISO" disc images such as Nero, Roxio or PowerISO.
Navigate to the "Backup" or "Copy" section of the program.
Follow the on-screen prompts to set-up a backup session of the HP recovery disc. This process will be different for each burning program.
Select "ISO" as the output file type during the backup configuration and allow the program to create the "ISO" file of the recovery discs on your computer's hard drive. An "ISO" file is an image file that copies the CD or DVD contents exactly as they are, compressed into a single file for storage.
Remove the original HP recovery disc from your computer once the "ISO" creation is complete.
Insert the blank media disc into your disc burner.
Navigate to the "Create Data Disc" section of your burning program. You can choose to create a new disc from the "ISO" file using an option such as "Burn ISO File" or "Burn Image File."
Browse your computer for the "ISO" file when prompted and follow the on-screen instructions to burn the disc. Once the disc is completed, you will have a second copy of your HP recovery discs.
Tips and warnings
- As long as you have the "ISO" file, you can continue to create more backups of the HP recovery disc.
- Save the "ISO" file on an external data storage device in case you need to burn another copy of the recovery disc from another computer.
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