How to Create an Acer Computer Recovery Disk

By Joanne Mendes

Creating a recovery disk of your Acer computer allows you to protect your operating system and files in the event of a catastrophic system crash. A recovery disk contains a complete back-up image copy of all the files, drivers, programs and other components that are on your computer. Acer's eRecovery Management program, which comes preinstalled on all Acer computers and laptops, contains an easy-to-use recovery back-up image and disk creation wizard.

Things You'll Need

  • Writeable Data CDs

Step 1

Turn on your Acer computer. If you are using an Acer laptop, plug in the AC cord; the battery does not contain enough power to create and burn a recovery disk.

Step 2

Click the "Start" button and choose "Programs." Click "Acer Empowering Technology" and choose "Acer eRecovery Management" from the pop-out menu.

Step 3

Click "Full" to create a full system back-up image recovery disk or click "Fast" to create a backup of only the essential drivers and files.

Step 4

Type in a name and date for the back-up image and click "Next."

Step 5

Choose "Yes" in the back-up disk space reminder box and click "Next" to begin the back-up image creation. The back-up image is a mirror copy of your computer's hard drive. Creating a full back-up image takes about 1 to 2 hours; a fast back-up image can take from 30 to 60 minutes.

Step 6

Click "OK" when the back-up image has been complete. Insert a data CD into the computer's drive.

Step 7

Highlight the back-up image name and click "Burn Disc." Click "Create user back-up disk." Click "Next" to start the computer recovery disk burn. Depending on the size of your hard drive and the number of files on your system, the recovery disk may require two to four CDs.

Tips & Warnings

  • It is important to create a back-up recovery disk periodically to protect files and programs that may have been added or altered since the last recovery disk was created. Create a new disk every 2 to 4 months, depending on how often you add new files to your system.