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Windows 8.1 Recovery Won't Recognise External Hard Drive

  1. #31

    Harrisonburg, Va.
    Posts : 10,488
    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center

    Quote Originally Posted by coleyman View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by David Bailey View Post
    Just a thought.

    Would enabling boot menu in BIOS help ?
    Have the external drive connected, press the assigned F key to bring up Boot Manager & select the drive to boot from ?
    So try and boot from the ext. HDD?
    Unless you have already tried it.
    It is something to try.

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  2. #32

    Posts : 4
    Win 7

    This is an annoying problem on Windows 7 and 8 (and 8.1) systems. You create a system image on an external drive but when you boot from a Windows recovery disk, it claims no backup exists. Yet you can start a command prompt from the recovery disk and see the external drive is accessible and the image is there. The only solution ive found is to reinstall your OS and, once its booted, then you can restore the system image. This effectively makes Microsoft's recovery disk useless.
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