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    Recovery Drive - Create with USB Flash Drive in Windows 8

    Recovery Drive - Create with USB Flash Drive in Windows 8
    How to Create a USB Recovery Drive in Windows 8 and 8.1
    Published by Brink is offline
    21 Mar 2012
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    How to Create a USB Recovery Drive in Windows 8 and 8.1


    information   Information
    If you run into problems with your PC, a USB recovery drive can help you troubleshoot and fix those problems, even if your PC won't start.

    This will show you how to create a bootable recovery (system repair) USB flash drive in Windows 8 to use to boot to the system recovery options that can be used to help recover Windows 8, Windows RT, Windows 8.1, or Windows RT 8.1.

    This is basically the same thing as a system repair disc, but is on a bootable USB flash drive instead.

    You must be logged in as an administrator to be able to create a recovery drive.

    Note   Note
    A recovery USB flash drive cannot be used to install Windows 8 unless this is an OEM PC that came with Windows 8 preinstalled, and you checked the Copy contents from the recovery partition to the recovery drive box at step 5 below.

    If your PC came with Windows 8 and you upgraded it to Windows 8.1, your recovery drive will include Windows 8, and you’ll need to upgrade to Windows 8.1 after you refresh or reset your PC.

    A created 32-bit recovery USB flash drive can only be created in a 32-bit Windows 8, and used to repair a 32-bit Windows 8.

    A created 64-bit recovery USB flash drive can only be created in a 64-bit Windows 8, and used to repair a 64-bit Windows 8.


    EXAMPLE: System Recovery Options
    NOTE:
    After you boot from the recovery USB flash drive, you will need to select your language and keyboard layout (if displayed) for Windows 8, then select Troubleshoot to see the system recovery options.

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    (On some newer OEM PC's with Windows 8 preinstalled, you may have the option to reinstall in the OEM manufacturer's tools like below if the Recovery Partition is still in place.)

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    Here's How:


    1. Connect a USB flash drive that is at least 256 MB (8 GB if copying the recovery partition) in size, then do either step 2 or 3 below.


    2. Press the + R keys, type RecoveryDrive.exe, press Enter, and go to step 4 below.

    3. Open the Control Panel (icons view), and click/tap on the Recovery icon.

    A) Click/tap on the Create a recovery drive link, and go to step 4 below. (see screenshot below)

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    4. If prompted by UAC, then click/tap on Yes.

    5. Click/tap on Next. (see screenshot below)

    Note   Note
    If you have a store bought OEM computer that came with Windows 8 preinstalled, then you could also check the Copy contents from the recovery partition to the recovery drive box to be able to use the recovery USB flash drive to do a factory restore/recovery of Windows 8.

    If you do not have an OEM recovery partition, then the Copy contents from the recovery partition to the recovery drive option will be grayed out.

    warning   Warning
    If you checked the Copy contents from the recovery partition to the recovery drive box, then once the Recovery Media creation has completed, you will have an option to delete the recovery partition at step 10 below. On most systems, this partition is about 10G in size.


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    6.
    Select a USB flash drive at least 256 MB in size that you would like to make a bootable recovery drive with, and click/tap on Next. (see screenshot below)
    WARNING: Everything on the selected USB flash drive will be deleted, so be sure to backup anything on it that you do not want to lose first.

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    7.
    Click/tap on Create. (see screenshot below)
    WARNING: This is your last chance to backup anything on the USB flash drive that you do not want to lose before doing this.

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    8. The USB recovery drive will now be created. (see screenshot below)

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    9. Do step 10 or step 11 below for what you would like to do.

    10. If you wanted to Delete the Recovery Partition
    warning   Warning
    It is recommended to NOT DELETE the recovery partition. It has been reported by many that they were unable to restore Windows 8 to the hard drive using the recovery USB drive without the OEM factory recovery partition still intact.

    You can free up some drive space by deleting the recovery partition, but you won't be able to refresh or reset your PC again without the recovery drive.
    A) If you checked the Copy contents from the recovery partition to the recovery drive box at step 5 above, click/tap on the Delete the recovery partition link. (see screenshot below)

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    B) Click/tap on Delete to confirm. (see screenshot below)

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    C) Click/tap on Finish. (see screenshots below)

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    11. Click/tap on Finish. (see screenshot below)

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    That's it,
    Shawn


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    bangalore
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    Windows 8.1 professional x64 + WMC


    Nice one..

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    Tangerang, Banten, Indonesia
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    Windows 8 Consumer Preview 64-bit, Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit, Ubuntu 11.10 64-bit (Triple Boot)


    Will it work on Windows 7?
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    64-bit Windows 10 build 10159


    Hello Papin,

    Sorry, but no. This is to repair Windows 8 with.

    For Windows 7, see below instead.

    System Repair Disc - Create - Windows 7 Forums
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    Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2000


    Hello. When I try to create the Recovery USB I can never seem to reach step 8 (Finish). The green progress bar moves across the screen until it reaches about a half inch from the end, then it seems to freeze up at that point. How long should it take to make the Recovery USB if the "copy contents from the recovery partition to the recovery drive" is checked, and what can I do to solve this problem? Any help here would be appreciated.
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    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by JasonT View Post
    Hello. When I try to create the Recovery USB I can never seem to reach step 8 (Finish). The green progress bar moves across the screen until it reaches about a half inch from the end, then it seems to freeze up at that point. How long should it take to make the Recovery USB if the "copy contents from the recovery partition to the recovery drive" is checked, and what can I do to solve this problem? Any help here would be appreciated.
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    Webster NY US
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    Win 7 / Win 8


    Quote Originally Posted by JasonT View Post
    Hello. When I try to create the Recovery USB I can never seem to reach step 8 (Finish). The green progress bar moves across the screen until it reaches about a half inch from the end, then it seems to freeze up at that point. How long should it take to make the Recovery USB if the "copy contents from the recovery partition to the recovery drive" is checked, and what can I do to solve this problem? Any help here would be appreciated.
    How long did you wait? Mine took a long time. It's a lot of data to flash.
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    Hello mbratch,

    It only took about 1/2 minute to create mine on a 4GB USB 2.0 flash drive.
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    Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2000


    Quote Originally Posted by mbratch View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by JasonT View Post
    Hello. When I try to create the Recovery USB I can never seem to reach step 8 (Finish). The green progress bar moves across the screen until it reaches about a half inch from the end, then it seems to freeze up at that point. How long should it take to make the Recovery USB if the "copy contents from the recovery partition to the recovery drive" is checked, and what can I do to solve this problem? Any help here would be appreciated.
    How long did you wait? Mine took a long time. It's a lot of data to flash.

    It has been going for the last 6 hours now... I have tried this 3 times and each time it has the same problem.
    The computer is a (HP 2000-2b22dx)
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    Webster NY US
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    Win 7 / Win 8


    Quote Originally Posted by JasonT View Post
    It has been going for the last 6 hours now... I have tried this 3 times and each time it has the same problem. The computer is a (HP 2000-2b22dx)
    Yeah that's a bit long. Mine was quite a bit longer than Brink's 30 seconds, but way way shorter than 6 hours. Maybe 10 mins? I am also copying the whole recovery partition (I suspect Brink is not?). Not sure why it would take 6 hours and not be done. Is it an old flash drive? Are you sure it's good? Have you tried a different one?
    Last edited by mbratch; 11 Jan 2013 at 17:55.
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