How can I create recovery discs if Sony Vaio Care isn’t working?

Ankush K February 22, 2012
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When I was creating my recovery discs using Sony Vaio Care it asked me for for 3 DVD-Rs.

Then it started.. creating image 1of3 , it took around 30min and it wrote on first disc. I had also checkmarked to verify data after writing.

But at the end I received a dialog box stating “verification was cancelled and this disc may be used for recovery” after clicking ok it did not prompt me for any second disc and I was returned to the normal Vaio Care screen. I opened that disc and I saw 4.33 GB is written, fine, but I don’t know what to do now :(

I tried it again, it wasted another DVD, and still didn’t ask for any additional disks.

The size of that hidden recovery drive is 11.5 GB which would logically need 3 discs (4.7×3). I’m just wasting my money burning DVDs and all that it shows each time is RECOVERYDISC1. I called up customer care and they told me to insert the second after the first is ejected and I dont get it what will happen then as the whole process comes to stand still.

Now they tell me that I should restore my entire system. This is a new laptop, and I don’t want the hassle.

Any anyone suggest a third party software that would do this job smoothly?

The OS is Windows Home Basic and the laptop VPCEG35EN
“http://www.sony.co.in/product/vpceg35en”

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  1. Anonymous
    February 22, 2012 at 8:20 am

    here is a pdf file to guide for creating recovery disk
    ftp://ftp.vaio-link.com/pub/manuals/RecoTS/2010Q1_TRG_EN.pdf

  2. FIDELIS
    February 22, 2012 at 2:41 am

    Hello, Have you checked what kind of discs are compatible with your DVD writer?  Have you tried using a DVD+R disc instead of DVD-R.  There are some burners that are picky with regards to discs.  Have you made sure that updates for your VAIO laptop are up to date?  Visit following link and check that you have the most up to date version of VAIO care. 

    http://www.sony.co.in/support/download/488500/product/vpceg35en

    You could create a system image by using free software like driveimageXML.  Keep in mind that for you to be able to burn CD/DVD, you would have to make sure to create image files.  You would first have to save image to harddrive.  Here is the link for software:

    DriveImageXML:
     http://www.runtime.org/driveimage-xml.htm

    Two other better options would be Macrium Reflect and Paragon Backup & Recovery. Both are free editions:

    Macrium Reflect:
    http://www.macrium.com/reflectfree.aspx

    Paragon Backup & Recovery Free edition:
    http://www.paragon-software.com/home/br-free/download.html

    Manual for Paragon Backup & recovery:
    http://www.paragon-software.com/home/br-free/download_manual.html