[access-uk] Re: New computers without backup software discs

Packard-Bell don't supply discs with some of their models.

Mike

UK
----- Original Message ----- From: "Andrew Hodgson" <andrew@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: <access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Thursday, July 21, 2005 11:56 AM
Subject: [access-uk] Re: New computers without backup software discs



Hi,

Toshiba still provide the real cds.  I am very interested to find out
which models do not provide these CDs, as we use some Vaios at work, and
I bet we haven't backed these up either.  I had only heard of the backup
facility onto DVDRs yesterday when on this list, and that is something I
believe HP could attempt to do - although have never seen it on the Vaio
as my Vaio is very old.

Andrew.

-----Original Message-----
From: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf
Of Tristram Llewellyn
Sent: 21 July 2005 10:22
To: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [access-uk] Re: New computers without backup software discs

This must be a relatively new phenomena because I brought my Tosh laptop
about 3 years ago and still were supplied disks. I think what makes
this practice of not providing media common is the fact that most
laptops now
have a CD writer built in so it is possible. I'd prefer however to
have the
CDs to start with at a slightly higher price because what happens when
the drive goes out of warrantee you've not only lost your data, but also
your operating system and perhaps the backup isn't perfect.


I do distinctly remember using approximately 30 3.5 inch floppies to
create an installation version of Windows 95 on an IBM ThinkPad, took
best part of an evening and more than a couple of cans.

Regards.

Tristram Llewellyn
Sight and Sound Technology
Technical Support
www.sightandsound.co.uk

----- Original Message -----
From: "Andrew Hodgson" <andrew@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: <access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Wednesday, July 20, 2005 9:55 PM
Subject: [access-uk] Re: New computers without backup software discs


Hi,

HP have also done a similar thing on their desktops and laptops for
ages.  In this case, the hidden partition is used for recovery, and you
have to purchase recovery CDs.  Its quite a good idea backing up the
recovery disks to DVDs on machines with a DVD writer, however.

Can anyone remember the old days where we had to use endless backup
disks to create reinstall didks on some systems?

Thanks.
Andrew.

-----Original Message-----
From: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf
Of Clive Pallett
Sent: 20 July 2005 14:49
To: Access-UK
Subject: [access-uk] New computers without backup software discs

Hello everyone,

Recently I purchased a Sony Vaio laptop for my wife, advertised on
recycle-it.  This was sold on behalf of someone who had purchased it
just over two months ago from their local Dixons shop.  When it arrived,
we couldn't understand why there were no software discs included.  I
phoned our local dixons and was told this is now the case with new
laptops.  The C: drive is partitioned into C: and D:, the latter used
for making backups.  There is a hidden partition used for recovery in
case of a system crash.  when you first boot up there is a flashing
message prompting you to make a system backup on read-only CDs or DVDs.
the idea of the recovery on the hard drive saves you having to take
discs with you when travelling.  Has anyone else had experience of this?

Best wishes,

Clive pallett


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