Like most netbooks, Asus’ Eee PC mini-laptops don’t have disc drives. But that hasn’t stopped the company from shipping a recovery DVD with each and every Eee PC model shipped… until now. The company has posted a note on its support page explaining that Asus will no longer ship support DVDs with Eee PCs.
Asus says the move will help cut down on waste, which is true. It will also save the company a few pennies for each product shipped, which probably doesn’t hurt either.
But here’s the thing — most Eee PC models ship with a recovery disk image already preloaded on the hard drive. Just hit reboot your computer and hit the F9 key when the Asus splash screen comes up and you can recover your computer to its factory default settings. So to some degree the support DVD was redundant — and kind of useless for customers that didn’t have USB DVD drives.
Of course, if you accidentally delete the recover image on your hard drive while trying to install Ubuntu, OS X, or another operating system, this could mean there’s no going back — without obtaining a full Windows installation disc.