Questions about Backup Copy of XP and Restoring after a Hard Drive Crash

Discussion in 'backup, imaging & disk mgmt' started by SecurityFan, Jun 6, 2008.

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  1. SecurityFan

    SecurityFan Registered Member

    Oct 2, 2005

    I have a Dell computer with XP. Back when I bought my computer from Dell, I did not receive a CD disk copy of the XP installed on my machine.

    Is this normal? Do other companies provide a copy of the operating system installed on the PC they sell you?

    What happens if my hard drive crashes and I need to install a new one? Do I have to buy a new copy of XP to install? Or can I get Dell (or someone) to provide me with a copy of XP to install?

    Also, I have Symantec's Goback on my machine and this does not play nice with Acronis's disk backup program. I don't want to go the route of buying a full drive backup hard drive and the Acronis package to do backups.

    So, do I need to get a $200 copy of XP (before it goes away) as a backup in case my hard drive ever goes bad? I do not want to possibly be stuck restoring on the machine I presently have with Vista some day.

    I'm trying to understand how the PC world works with regard to backup copies of the operating system, etc... Is Dell's practice of providing no CD of your OS normal? This seems like a rip-off. How does the average consumer cope with this when their hard drive dies? They have to buy another OS package? The average consumer doesn't give this a thought until it happens. I know it didn't occur to me at the time I bought my PC. Any thoughts or explanations would be appreciated. Is my idea right -- do you have to buy another OS if you don't have a CD copy of the OS on your machine? If so, why doesn't Dell provide a copy? As you can tell I'm not too savvy with how things are done in the PC world.
  2. Thankful

    Thankful Savings Monitor

    Feb 28, 2005
    New York City
    Ask them to send you a reinstallation CD. I would use their email support. Support via telephone can be difficult.
    Last edited: Jun 6, 2008
  3. ThunderZ

    ThunderZ Registered Member

    May 1, 2006
    North central Ohio, U.S.A.
    Many OEM`s are now including a "hidden" restore partition on the HDD. During boot an option of using it to restore by pressing an "Fx" key, x = a number, is offered. IMO, this is a very poor alternative to a restore CD. If your HDD suffers a mechanical failure while under warranty you receive another preloaded HDD. If it suffers the same problem after the warranty expires you are not only stuck with the cost f the new HDD but an OS as well.
    You may very well be able to get a CD from the OEM but my guess is you will at least pay S&H.
  4. farmerlee

    farmerlee Registered Member

    Jul 1, 2006
    Often the manufacturer will include an option to create a set of recovery disks. However every dell system i've ever got came with a windows install disk.
  5. innerpeace

    innerpeace Registered Member

    Jan 15, 2007
    Mountaineer Country
    In addition to what everyone else has said, if your adventurous and/or have a recent good image, you can create your own XP disk using these instructions. I have followed the instructions and it works. Read the whole thread which really doesn't take that long. You will have to have all your drivers and software you want to install afterwards as it is just a plain XP install.
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