I have Toshiba Satellite and Acer Aspire laptops. I back up data on regular basis and also have recovery discs for these machines. I don't rely on optical recovery media much because in my experience, they give error when you want them to work.
I would like to copy the recovery partitions AS IT IS on external HDDs so that in case of drive failure, I can restore the machine to factory condition from the external HDD (in case optical media fails) using Ubuntu Live or something similar. These partitions are not visible through windows explorer.
I am not good at command-line interface so GUI based programs are welcome. Searching through the forum led me to Drive Snapshot, seems to be a good piece of software. The goal is - Back up partition as it is on external HDD - When in need it should be available without much hassle to copy on a new HDD.
Thanks in advance.
P.S. - If this thread is already discussed and I missed it, please direct me to the thread