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Recovery disk for windows 8.1 vs 8.0

  1. #1


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    Recovery disk for windows 8.1 vs 8.0


    Hi everybody!

    I just bought a new HP laptop which has windows 8.1 installed.

    1) Is it correct that win 8.1 allows a recovery disk only on a USB drive as opposed to
    win 8.0 which allows both DVD and USb options?
    2) How many DVDs are required for recovery disk, given that I have only the pre-loaded
    software and none of my own applications?
    3) If I use a USB pen drive is 16GB enough? or do i need 32GB?
    4) What does "one-time" recovery mean?

    Regards,
    Ravindra

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  2. #2


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    Windows 10 Pro Prieview x64


    1. Essentially yes but see here Pro tip: Use an optical Recovery Drive in Windows 8.1 - TechRepublic

    2. The recovery drive needs 256MB (not GB). Note that this will not fit on a 256MB drive. In windows 8 I used a 256MB SD card. In 8.1 I use a 512MB card as the formatted size of the 256MB was too small.

    3. See above for recovery drive usb.

    4. Not sure. HP do a one button recovery - is that what you mean?

    As well as the (small) bootable recovery drive you will want to make a system image. You can do this with HP software Creating Recovery Discs or Saving a Recovery Image to a USB Flash Drive (Windows 8) | HP Support or various others (Macrium Reflect FREE Edition - Information and download is good). Note the HP only lets you make one copy.

    As for size a custom refresh image of 8.1 plus MS office and a couple of other programs took 7.5GB for me so even if HP put LOTS of software 16GB should be more than sufficient.

    Hope this helps some.
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    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1


    You can order the Microsoft official HP/Compaq OEM Recovery disks from the HP/Compaq OEM manufacturer's website.
    https://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/...09543&sw_lang=
    How Do I Order or Download System Recovery Software? - YouTube

    How to Make Recovery DVD
    Creating System Recovery Discs in Windows 8 for HP Computers - YouTube
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    Posts : 6,490
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    Quote Originally Posted by adamf View Post
    1. Essentially yes but see here Pro tip: Use an optical Recovery Drive in Windows 8.1 - TechRepublic

    2. The recovery drive needs 256MB (not GB). Note that this will not fit on a 256MB drive. In windows 8 I used a 256MB SD card. In 8.1 I use a 512MB card as the formatted size of the 256MB was too small.

    3. See above for recovery drive usb.

    4. Not sure. HP do a one button recovery - is that what you mean?

    As well as the (small) bootable recovery drive you will want to make a system image. You can do this with HP software Creating Recovery Discs or Saving a Recovery Image to a USB Flash Drive (Windows 8) | HP Support or various others (Macrium Reflect FREE Edition - Information and download is good). Note the HP only lets you make one copy.

    As for size a custom refresh image of 8.1 plus MS office and a couple of other programs took 7.5GB for me so even if HP put LOTS of software 16GB should be more than sufficient.

    Hope this helps some.
    The stock standard recovery thumb drive is only 256 MB but on a PC with a factory OEM install you have the option to "Copy the recovery partition from the PC to the recovery drive". On my ASUS laptop I needed a 16 GB thumb drive to do it. That thumb drive can do a reset or restore all by itself with no need for images or other install media. The factory recovery partition with the full system image gets copied to it so its stand alone usable.
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