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Hi I ran into problems doing a system restore on my Packard Bell EasyNote MX37 laptop (I only had one recovery disk and the restore process asked for more, so I ended up without an OS on the HD. Packard Bell UK wanted £50 for replacement disks (computer out of warranty). Fortunately a colleague had a Vista DVD for the same version as mine was, so I was able to restore Vista from that using my computer's software key. However, this version doesn't have a facility to create new restore disks. It appears I need the Packard Bell Recovery Management suite, which obviously I don't have.

Is there any easy way of doing this without having to fork out the £50?
 

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Hello and welcome to TSG.

You could clone your new installation on to an external drive but a copy of Acronis True Image wold cost you (in England) £28 and an external disk costs whatever it costs, depending on the size. A 1Tb disk in my country is about £50.

Alternatively, you could take good care of your system and it might run for years without needing to be reinstalled. However, I would have more confidence in that statement if Vista wasn't involved. Perhaps a shiny new DVD of Windows 7 would be a good investment. :D
 

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Cloning software does more than just copy - check out one of Elvandil's free recommendations and see how you get on. You could use two separate utilities to make clones on to different Partitions - just in case.
 
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