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Need help creating a recovery drive.

  1. #1


    Posts : 8
    Windows 8.1

    Need help creating a recovery drive.


    Hello,
    so one of my computers entered a boot loop and I'm pretty sure the only way to fix it is using a recovery drive. Only problem is the only other windows 8 PC in the house doesnt let me create it.
    I go through the steps outlined in this thread: Recovery Drive - Create with USB Flash Drive in Windows 8 but i get stuck on step 6.
    When I insert a USB drive the create recovery drive setup doesnt seem to recognize it. It just refreshes (which shows that it detects a usb being inserted) but nothing shows up. Oddly enough, I can access the usb drive through my computer and copying/moving etc files still works.
    How can I make it so it appears?
    Thanks in advance.

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  2. #2


    Welcome to Windows EightForums, LeoFalto.

    Are you inserting the drive before or after pushing “Next” in step 5?
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  3. #3


    Posts : 8
    Windows 8.1


    I tried inserting it before as well as after. No difference. Not even when I restart the computer.
    Also, I tried both selecting the check box in the previous screen and leaving it unchecked, no difference.
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  4. #4


    Posts : 467
    Windows 8 Pro


    Does it get assigned a drive letter when inserted?
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  5. #5


    Posts : 8
    Windows 8.1


    No, just the name of the usb comes up, but it doesnt appear on that screen. It only shows up in My computer.
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  6. #6


    It gets recognized? You can access it File Explorer then?
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  7. #7


    Posts : 8
    Windows 8.1


    Yes it does get recognized and can be accessed through explorer.
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  8. #8


    Oddly we are/were helping a fellow that has a similar problem, but with an external drive: External Hard Drive - Error - "Location not Available"

    You may want to check similar steps there.
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  9. #9


    Posts : 467
    Windows 8 Pro


    Try downloading MiniTool Partition Wizard Home Edition , assign the plugged in USB drive a drive letter and then try again.
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  10. #10


    Posts : 8
    Windows 8.1


    Ill try when I get home. Thanks.
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