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HP Notebook PCs - How to Backup, Recover and Delete Recovery Points Using Backup and Recovery Manager

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Frequently asked questions about HP Backup and Recovery Manager.
Solution
How to back up files and recover the data from a previously created backup using HP Backup and Recovery Manager
If there is a Recovery Partition, a screen with the prompt Press F11 for Emergency Recovery will appear soon after the HP Logo during startup. Press F11 on that screen. A progress bar will indicate Starting PC Recovery. The graphical interface of HP Backup and Recovery Manager will pop up with the option to either:
  • Recover the PC to a specific point in time, or
  • Back up files.
Select the first option to recover the PC to a specific point in time. Choose a recovery point, entire drive backup, or a backup file that is stored on an external hard drive or on the network. Select Back up files to back up the files to an external drive or on a network file server. Recovery points are incremental backups which save only changes since the last entire drive backup. This option will also allow creation of self-extracting backup files.
Deleting Previous Recovery Points to Save Hard Disk Space
To delete previous recovery points, log on to Windows XP with administrator privileges and run the HP Backup and Recovery Manager. Choose Expert Mode and select Create or Manage Recovery Points. Select where you want to save the recovery points (a. Local Drive, b. On another hard disk, c. On Network). After choosing the appropriate option, there will be an option to either create a new Recovery Point or Manage (delete/move) existing Recovery Points.
If HP Backup and Recovery Manager Fails Part Way Through
In some instances HP Backup and Recovery Manager starts the process of creating a restore point but fails part way through. This can arise because HP Backup and Recovery Manager will assume the space required to create the restore point based on an average compression. As a general rule, there should be at least 50% free space for the amount of data on the drive when creating a restore point (400GB of data would need 200GB free space). Actual space required may vary widely based on the data type. For example, backing up 400GB of .mp3s, an already compressed data type, will use substantially more than 200GB.

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