I read your post about needing to make recovery media and wanted to help.
Making recovery disks is a really bad idea, for several reasons.
First, it will take several DVDs, not just one, to make the recovery set. My guess is at least three, maybe more.
Second, if anything happens to ANY of the disks, the whole SET is then rendered useless.
Third, recovering Windows using DVDs takes HOURS and involves swapping disks over and over and over again!
A much better solution is to use an external drive, or if you don't have one, a large (64GB) USB stick. Not only is the stick smaller and more rugged than DVDs, it's also a lot faster!
In addition, I would personally recommend using Macrium Reflect for the recovery media, as I have used this for years and found it to be reliable.
What I recommend is the following: 1) Download and install Macrium Reflect (MR) 2) Run MR and choose the option: "Create an image of the partition(s) required to backup and restore Windows" to write a full backup to an external drive or USB stick 3) Use the option to create a boot USB stick or CD
My experience is that MR, when using the High Compression option, typically can compress the saved image file to about 50% of the USED space in the OS partition. This means if you have an 80GB OS partition, and 40GB is used, MR only needs about 20GB to store the image file.
I use this all the time and it typically takes less than 10 minutes to do the image backup and about the same time or less to do a restore. Plus, MR has the option to Add a Recovery Boot Menu entry. This allows you then to boot into WinRE, and you can then use that to do a restore -- when you can't boot into Windows!
NOW, you have the means to restore a full working system from the external drive or USB stick in only a few minutes.
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