Making a Recovery PartitionBy Rick Broida | Posted 2006-10-03 Email Print
Many PCs come with recovery CDs that will restore your system to factory-new condition, but you can get the job done faster by creating a recovery partition.
If you've ever reformatted your hard drive, reinstalled Microsoft Windows, reloaded all your applications, and reset all your settings, you know what a time-consuming and generally heinous process it can be. I've had root canals that were more pleasantand way less of a hassle. But sometimes, such as after a nasty spyware attack or when Windows has accumulated too much sludge, that kind of radical reconstruction is absolutely necessary. And Vista will only amplify the problem. Before you move to Vista, make sure you back up!
Many PCs come with recovery CDs that will restore your system to factory-new condition, but you can get the job done fasterand add all your favorite programs and system settings to the restorationby creating a recovery partition. A partition, of course, is a cordoned-off section of your hard drive that gets its own drive letter. All you need is the right software and enough available space to hold your stuff.