How to Burn the Recovery Partition to DVD
By Susan Joyce
Computers have become a part of our everyday lives, and with that come advantages as well as difficulties. Computers can develop problems caused by virus and other issues that damage the operating system. As a safety precaution, computers include a hidden partition that contains all of the files needed to restore a computer to factory condition. You can burn this recovery partition to a DVD and use it to recover the system if the partition is damaged.
Insert a blank DVD in the disc drive. Consult your owner's manual to see whether you need to use a (+/-) RW disc. You should use a rewritable disc so it can be updated later.
Select the "Start" button and choose the "Computer" option. This will open a new window that will show the computer's hard drives and the CD/DVD drive.
Double-click the second hard drive--most systems will name this the "D:." If yours isn't named that way, select the smaller of the two hard drives. Select the small arrow beside the "Organize" button, then go down and choose "Select All."
Click the "Burn" button and allow the computer to burn the recovery DVD. If it is required to use more than one DVD, the system will advise you when to insert another recordable DVD.
Write "Recovery" and the date on each disc and store the disc or discs in a safe location.
- Kevin Jones; Consultant, IBM; Tucson, Arizona
Based in Phoenix, Susan Joyce has been writing professionally since 2010, with her work appearing on eHow and Answerbag. She studied business management at Chowan College.