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Recovery Drive - Create with USB Flash Drive in Windows 8

  1. #50


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    Quote Originally Posted by pacmanrulez View Post
    Basically I'm getting the windows is missing some boot configuration data error so I can't get anywhere on my windows8 laptop to create this USB which seems like it would solve my problem, would I be able to create this recovery USB for the windows8 laptop using my other Windows7 desktop somehow ( I'm thinking no but I'll ask anyway )

    OR

    would it be easier and even work if I went and found someone nearby running a 64-bit windows8 created the recovery USB on their system then used it to boot up and fix mine ?????
    If the same Make & Model, yes.

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  2. #51


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    I am new to the board, new to Windows 8,,,, and sorry if these seems wrong to ask
    but if I have everything created on DVDS, should I also create a RECOVERY USB or is this just
    a SAFETY or multiple way to be SURE I have everything I need when that dreaded day
    DOES COME.

    Good post, very informative.
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  3. #52


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    Hello Proger, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    If this is for factory recovery, then it wouldn't hurt to have an extra copy on a spare USB flash drive just to be extra safe if HDD that the recovery partition is on fails, or something happens to the DVDs.

    Just be sure to do not delete the recovery partition when copying it to the USB.
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  4. #53


    Stupid questions, but I just saw this thread. If I need to use this recovery drive with the , will it keep any of my files (photos, documents, etc) or is it just to restore the windows 8 features and that's it?
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  5. #54


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    Hello Brking,

    It depends.

    If this is for a OEM computer that came with Windows 8 preinstalled, then you have the option of making this a factory recovery drive that will restore Windows 8 back to out of box. Sometimes the OEM may have the option to back up your files, but sometimes not, so it's best to back up anything first if you do a factory recovery.

    If not, then it's just a recovery drive used to do any one of the recovery options with. These recovery options could delete your data though. The tutorial below can give you more info about each recovery option.
    Either way, it would be best to keep backups of anything you do not want to lose to be safe.

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
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  6. #55


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    oNe more query Shawn does this mean I cannot create the recovery drive for an upgrade I did over the 7??
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  7. #56


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    Hello John,

    No worries mate. Yes, you could still create a Recovery Drive if you like. Think of this as the same as a System Repair Disk, but just with a USB flash drive instead.
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  8. #57


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    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Hello John,

    No worries mate. Yes, you could still create a Recovery Drive if you like. Think of this as the same as a System Repair Disk, but just with a USB flash drive instead.
    No probs Shawn I'll do that as I only have the original 7 drive to work off if this one goes south
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  9. #58


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    windows 8


    Damn, very stupid, can't read haha...
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  10. #59


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    Hi Shawn, brand spanking new HP pavilion. Trying to create a recovery USB using the "copy contents from the partition drive to the recovery drive" option and i seem to be having the same issue has Jason T (jan 2013 post). I can't seem to reach the finished stage. Green progress bar reaches the last half inch and won't complete copy.

    Any thoughts?

    Thanks,
    Becky
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