Originally Posted by Firepony
i recently got a new hp laptop and it didn't come with a DVD cause it claims to have all it needs on the hard drive. this method doesn't make me feel safe. is there a way i can transfer the DVD from the hard drive onto an actual DVD. there should be a legal way since i technically paid for the vista install on my laptop so why cant i have a DVD to keep it safe? i am worried that my hard drive will crash or die bring the rescue DVD with it. any help is appreciated. thanks in advance.
Provided it's a standard filesystem, just on a hidden partition, you should be able to use something like Drive Image XML (or one of the programs mentioned in the episode) to snag an image of the whole system in it's current state.
Whatever you do, be it the above solution or one of the others mentioned in the thread i'd make multiple copies, DVD(+/-)R media can go bad over time.