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In windows 7 do I need to create a system image on a external hard drive to have a complete recovery option ? In my other windows versions when I click My Computer it shows C drive & D drive, with D named Recovery partition. In windows 7 it doesn't show a Recovery partition, only C drive & external drives (DVD-R)

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I haven't tried anything. This computer is new and I'm trying to get my hands around how it works. Do I need to create a system image to be able to do a recovery should I ever need it.

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Tech Support Specialist: Dan, Computer Support Specialist replied 7 months ago
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Hello and welcome to JustAnswer, I look forward to assisting you today. Yes you should always use an external drive to create a recovery. The recovery partition you see now is used to completely reinstall Windows in the event of a major failure. That recovery would convert your computer back to original factory settings and wipe any saved data.

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Customer reply replied 7 months ago
Dan, just to be sure, windows 7 does NOT contain a recovery partition as XP or windows 10 contains. A system image is just different word usage than 'recovery' and I should put a system image on My Passport HD
Tech Support Specialist: Dan, Computer Support Specialist replied 7 months ago

Most manufacturers will create a recovery partition to allow you to reinstall Windows. That saves them the few pennies of needing to ship recovery CD's with a new computer. What you are trying to create is a recovery image or exact duplicate of the way your system is configured at the moment. That should always be done on an external device.

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Tech Support Specialist: Dan, Computer Support Specialist replied 7 months ago

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