There are no system recovery discs included with the computer. The recovery data required to return the computer to the original, factory-installed condition is included on a special partition of the hard drive. The following procedure can be used to create a set of recovery discs from that data, which can be used to restore the recovery partition and return the computer to the original, factory-installed condition in case this is ever necessary.
* Rewritable media can be used to create the recovery discs, but are not recommended.
* Do not interrupt the power during the recovery process.
* The number of discs needed to create the set varies by model.
NOTE: The recovery discs are not a backup utility. To save personal data and software installed after purchase or since the last system recovery, use the Backup and Restore Center provided with the Windows Vista operating system.
1. Ensure all open programs are closed.
2. Ensure all network connections are disconnected.
3. Ensure all peripheral devices are disconnected.
4. From within the VAIO Recovery Center application, under Choose a program, click Create Recovery Discs.
NOTE: The VAIO Recovery Center can be accessed by Clicking Start -> Select All Programs -> Double-click VAIO Recovery Center folder -> Select VAIO Recovery Center.
5. In the Create Recovery Discs window, click the Start button.
6. In the When recovery discs are needed window, click the Next button.
7. In the Choose your media window, click the Next button.
8. Insert a blank, recordable DVD into the DVD drive.
9. In the Insert a blank disc window, click the OK button.
10. Insert a new disc when necessary as instructed.
11. When all the disks have been created, click the Finish button.