How to reformat laptop with Windows Vista without CD?

Before, with XP, one can constantly reformat the harddisk of a laptop by using recovery CD. One can even do partioning from DOS. Now, with Vista, there is no CD. Vendor told me that I can do recovery from the harddisk in C: drive. If I totally delete my harddisk and repartition it, it means disaster.

u need an imaging app like acronis to back it up .. then u could restore it to a different sized partition as long as its large enough …

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jsy3k says:

I do not know about your laptop, but certain laptop makers incorporate the recovery files into a partition in your harddisk. This partition has been locked by the PC so that it may never be formatted unless it is totally necessary. This way, you can just run the recovery console and it will restore the PC as it is when you first purchase the PC.

I only knew HP does that for most of their new PC, but no idea whether the other laptop makers does that. You may need to check the manual for reference.
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dze says:

u need an imaging app like acronis to back it up .. then u could restore it to a different sized partition as long as its large enough …
References :