Recovery Drive Gone

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Performance' started by Wakener, Feb 14, 2010.

  1. Wakener

    Wakener Guest

    After some major problems with my system, I had to perform a complet
    reinstall of Vista. The folks from Dell talked me through it. But now
    in my My Computer window, where it used to show my 2 hard drives plu
    the Recovery Drive, it no longer shows the Recovery Drive. I wa
    relatively sure that space was partitioned off of my C drive, but it'
    not showing up. there's a possibility that a technician hid it whil
    remotely accessing my system. Is there a way for me to check? And i
    there is no Recovery Drive, how much should I worry (it sure didn't hel
    me LAST time the computer needed restoring)? I am planning to get a
    offsite backup a la Carbonite or an external drive for backups soon. Fo
    all I know, that makes the Recovery Drive a moot point anyway, but I'
    not sure
    Wakener, Feb 14, 2010
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  2. Wakener

    DL Guest

    The recovery drive was created by Dell when your sys was supplied, it is
    only used to recover the sys to factory supplied condition. Usually its
    hidden. How you access any recovery drive depends on the PC maker.
    If you have recovery disks, there is no need to worry about a recovery
    (Recovery does not store your data)
    DL, Feb 14, 2010
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  3. Wakener

    Wakener Guest

    Thank you. Still, let's hope it's info I never need again. I was
    fortunate enough to be able to evacuate my critical data to a fleet of
    enclosed drives, But I don't want to deal with the endless re-installs
    again. And for the record, I did have an offsite backup, but it was
    notorious for being a poor one. I let it lapse, and was planing to get a
    new one on the payday . . . after the problems decided to start.
    Wakener, Feb 14, 2010
  4. Wakener

    TheDuck Guest

    Get a good backup program like Ghost and develop good backup habits and you
    won't have the problem. Trusting all your data to a backup site is dangerous
    and unreliable as you found out.
    TheDuck, Feb 14, 2010
  5. Wakener

    Wakener Guest

    A program, maybe--Ghost, never. Past experience made me decide long ago
    that I will never install another Norton product on any computer I own.
    At first, it's all "Wow, it's taking care of everything!" But then,
    within a few months, it's using over 75% of my computer's processing
    power to do nothing but stay on and slow down everything else I try to
    Wakener, Feb 15, 2010
  6. Wakener

    TheDuck Guest

    You are talking about Norton internet security ( and any other security
    package ) that all tie up the system resources. Ghost is a backup program
    and uses very little system resources. It can be set to dynamically back up
    the system while you are still using it. It is solid and reliable.

    You should really learn what you are talking about before you open your
    mouth. Security packages try to cover every aspect of the system running
    checks on all files opened and programs started therefore slowing down most
    systems that have too many threads running in the background. They can be
    tamed by selecting what pieces of them you want to allow to run.
    TheDuck, Feb 17, 2010
  7. Wakener

    eXistenZ Guest

    I use GHOST with no problems.
    *But* I save the Ghost Image on my second hard drive
    *not* on C

    I also save a copy of the current image on an external drive just to be
    eXistenZ, Mar 27, 2010
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