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What to do if you've got an usb/boot install?

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    What to do if you've got an usb/boot install?


    What if something goes wrong? It's happened to me half a dozen times and the recovery options wouldn't do a thing about it. Maybe they wouldn't recognize the usb stick, I don't know. The last time around I made a Recovery Disk with my other usb stick. It only took 256mb somehow. Let's see if it works next time something goes wrong.
    Have you had the same experience with the recovery modes/options? Have they worked for you?

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    Not sure about Toshiba but a true flash drive (usb) recovery is about 13GB. Not sure what you are creating at 256MB. These days that is barely a low level GUI.

    What size usb stick are you using?
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  3. #3


    Rio
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    Quote Originally Posted by popeye View Post
    Not sure about Toshiba but a true flash drive (usb) recovery is about 13GB. Not sure what you are creating at 256MB. These days that is barely a low level GUI.

    What size usb stick are you using?
    I used the "Recovery Drive" option within Windows 8.1 according to Microsoft themselves. I used the Search and typed Recovery Drive and this option came on, I clicked on it and followed the instructions, it says 256Mb is used making this Recovery Drive so I'm trusting it. I have no idea what 256Mb should or could do for me in case Windows 8.1 goes wrong but this was done according to Microsoft on their site when I searched the net for "Windows 8 Recovery USB". That's what came along. I hope it does something because 8.1's recovery options have done nothing for me so far. I suppose this is now a bootable usb stick which should take me to some recovery alternative in case things go wrong.
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    Hmmmm, my Acer has an Acer program than creates it. Don't know if you have a Toshiba program that does the same. I have heard, maybe wrongly, that Toshiba leaves people hanging in the wind when it comes to recovery.

    Maybe what you have is simply a boot usb that accesses the recovery partition. All you can do is try it, don't have to recover, just see if it brings up a menu. Or, image first and go for the full monty and see if it works completely.
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    Rio
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    Quote Originally Posted by popeye View Post
    Hmmmm, my Acer has an Acer program than creates it. Don't know if you have a Toshiba program that does the same. I have heard, maybe wrongly, that Toshiba leaves people hanging in the wind when it comes to recovery.

    Maybe what you have is simply a boot usb that accesses the recovery partition. All you can do is try it, don't have to recover, just see if it brings up a menu. Or, image first and go for the full monty and see if it works completely.
    In any case, I still have my main partition with reliable Windows 7 waiting for me. So if this Recovery Drive doesn't work I can always go back to it and either make me another Windows 8.1 usb stick or simply stick to Windows 7 finally.
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    Sounds like you really weren't looking for help, already had your mind made up. Sorry I couldn't help.
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    Why don't you just make frequent images. My system crashes on average once per week - that is self inflicted because I mess with the OS all the time. But with my images I always get up and running again in appr. 20 minutes.
    Imaging with free Macrium - Windows 7 Help Forums
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    Rio
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    You mean an image of the whole hdd or just Windows 8?
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    Images go per partition. You image whatever you feel needs to be backed up - but at least the C partition and the EFI boot partition. Plus the data partition if you have a seperate data partition. But data and system usually need to be imaged at seperate times depending on how much they change.

    Put the images on an external disk and disconnect that disk when not in use. Then you are safe.
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    Quote Originally Posted by whs View Post
    Images go per partition. You image whatever you feel needs to be backed up - but at least the C partition and the EFI boot partition. Plus the data partition if you have a seperate data partition. But data and system usually need to be imaged at seperate times depending on how much they change.

    Put the images on an external disk and disconnect that disk when not in use. Then you are safe.
    What software do you use to create these images? And how do you image the EFI boot partition?
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