said by XANAVirus:
Yeah, what I don't get is, what's with all the push towards recovery partitions as opposed to recovery disks?
There's only 3 reasons I can think of:
1. Another failed attempt at anti-piracy; it's easier to copy or distribute a DVD in the minds of non-technical idiots,
2. Decreases costs/expenses of DVDs -- sure, they probably cost Dell half a cent each, but you have to consider the costs of having a relationship with a DVD supplier/manufacturer, shipping/handling of all the discs (to assembly plants, not end customers) and so on,
3. Added convenience in situations where it works -- I will admit I've successfully reimaged some Dell laptops in the past using the F8 method (kids who turned off their anti-virus software, sigh), and for situations like that, it's great.
You can still get recovery DVDs from Dell -- you just have to call them and ask for them. I don't remember if there's a fee associated with it or not.
In the case of a hardware failure, the vendor (Dell) expects you to contact them. Support is one of the things you pay for when you buy a product from a vendor. If your mouse stops working, your speakers start acting weird, or even for things like "I can't figure out how to get Office to run", contact Dell. Honest/seriously. These companies operate off the mentality that most consumers lack technical knowledge (which is true), and even those who claim they do often do not (or do it wrong), so their assumption is somewhat valid. But for folks like myself, this nonsense just gets in the way of getting things done.--
Making life hard for others since 1977.
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