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What are the differences in the recovering methods of the Recovery CD-ROM?

    What are the differences in the recovering methods of the Recovery CD-ROM?

    "Recovery CD-ROMs" of VAIO computers are roughly divided into three types based on how the system recovery is done.

    "Recovery CD-ROM", which is supplied with all VAIO computers, is for restoring the software installed in the factory to its initial state. Generally, there are 3 types of recovering methods for the "Recovery CD-ROMs" of VAIO computers now available now in Japan (as of May 2000).

    # "Recovery CD-ROM" with the conventional method

    - Applicable model
    VAIO computers released by March 2000 (except Windows 2000 pre-installed models)

    - Method / Feature
    The compressed data is decompressed into files and then copied to the hard disk drive.

    * As the data is copied in units of files, copying can be done without formatting.
    * It is not possible to install only OS with "Recovery CD-ROM".
    * Installation by application is possible only when the installer of an application exists in the [VAIO] folder.

    - Selectable items on the recovery window (* except some models)
    1. Full Restore Without Format?c
    2. Full Restore With Format?c
    3. Change Partition Size?c
    4. Recovery to original shipped state?c
    5. Exit Recovery CD?c

    - When you select [1. Full Restore Without Format?c], all files are not overwritten and so the occurrance of problems (of registries, for example) may still exist in some cases. [4. Recovery to original shipped state?c] is hence recommended.

    # "Recovery CD-ROM" with a new method

    - Applicable model
    VAIO computers released in and after March 2000 (including Windows 2000 pre-installed models)

    - Method / Feature
    The compressed data is decompressed into files and then copied to the hard disk drive.

    * The conventional [Full Restore Without Format?c] is not available.
    * Installation by application is possible only when the installer of an application exists in the [VAIO] folder. (same as the previous install CD)

    - Selectable items on the recovery window
    1. Full Restore With Format?c
    2. Change Partition Size?c
    3. Recovery to original shipped state?c
    4. Exit Recovery CD?c