View Full Version : Create A Recovery Disk

04-08-2005, 07:45 PM
Simple question (I think :rolleyes: ): how can I create a recovery disk for Windows (XP Professional, SP2)?

I'm not sure if I need to provide more details, but if I do, please say :) .

04-08-2005, 07:52 PM
You can use the recovery console to repair a dodgy installation of XP. However, the XP startup disk (floppy) works sometimes.

04-08-2005, 08:42 PM
Do you mean emergency repair disk?
Here's the procedure for win2k. Shouldn't be much different for winxp

To create an Emergency Repair Disk

Open Backup.
On the Tools menu, click Create an Emergency Repair Disk.
Follow the instructions that appear on your screen.

You will need a blank 1.44 MB floppy disk to create an Emergency Repair Disk (ERD).
The repair process relies on information that is saved in the systemroot\repair folder. You must not change or delete this folder.

04-08-2005, 08:43 PM
Hmm... not quite what I wanted.

What I meant was how can I create a recovery disk, so that if the Windows Recovery Console goes wrong, I can still have access to my data?

04-08-2005, 10:08 PM
explain what you mean by "recovery" disk? do you mean a disk that you can insert to retrieve your files if the current installaion of XP fails?

In that case the simplest method would be to remove your hard drive, connect it as a slave on another PC and view the data that way.

Alternatively, if you reinstall windows it will not remove the documents and settings folder so all your data will be intact - unless you format your drive.

04-09-2005, 09:09 AM
Woops... :o

I started posting before tboss had finished his... sorry about that, chaps :) . Exactly what I needed, and sorry about getting me words muddled up :rolleyes: .

Thanks ;) ,

04-09-2005, 11:47 AM
Dude the emergency repair disk is highly useful, but teh recovery console has never let me down:)