Skimmed the other replies.
I just got a Dell Laptop and a quick Google gave me this link to "order" from Dell actual install Disks.
Just have to fill out the form and submit, I see no mention of any charge for these. My reason was that pressed copies of DVD's were more reliable than burned copies or backed up onto a HDD.
Just some of the wordage on the page --""How do I know if DataSafe Local 2.0 is on my system?
Click on start menu
Click on all programs
Click Dell DataSafe folder
Click Dell DataSafe Local Backup
For more information about DataSafe Local please see the following Dell articles:
What is Dell DataSafe Local Backup 2.0?
Creating Your System Recovery Discs with Dell DataSafe Local Backup 2.0
Restoring Your Dell Computer to Original Factory Installation with Dell DataSafe Local Backup 2.0
Frequently Asked Questions: Dell DataSafe Local Backup 2.0
Dell Customers can now request a set of backup discs containing the factory-installed operating system as well as the device drivers and utilities specific to your system.
Requests are limited to one (1) set of backup discs per system purchased.
The backup discs requested must match the operating system that was factory installed on the original order.""
Go to the bottom of the page to fill out the form: