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8gb recovery disk

  1. #1


    Posts : 8
    windows 8.1

    8gb recovery disk


    I have read in many forums that we should use 16gb or greater capacity if we check OEM recovery. When I checked the OEM recovery and used a 8gb usb drive it took only 4gb of space. Does that mean the OEM recovery has not been copied? Please help.

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  2. #2


    Posts : 1,121
    Windows 8.1 x64


    If you checked the box to copy the Recovery Partition, it should have done that. Can we assume the process showed as only requiring a 4 GB flash drive?

    If you check the Sources folder on the Flash Drive, you should see an Install.wim or Install.swm file or files.
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  3. #3


    Posts : 8
    windows 8.1


    Hi salt,

    Yes it shows only minimum 4gb drive required. Sources folder does have install.wim.

    Thanks
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  4. #4


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 6,490
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    If that's what it asked for, and you checked the box for copy recovery partition, it should be good? Seems small to me though? Mine asked for a 16 GB or bigger thumb drive on my ASUS laptop. If I try to make install Thumb Drives using my Windows 8.1 MSDN ISO's they won't fit on a 4 GB thumb drive.
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  5. #5


    Posts : 1,121
    Windows 8.1 x64


    I agree, a 4 GB flash drive would not seem to be large enough to hold the image necessary. The Asus All-in-one I had contained a 16 GB install.wim file, which was divided, of course, to fit on the flash drive.

    But it seems some OEMs are putting the install in more than one image file, so maybe it has something to do with that. This assumes we are referring to a Recovery Drive from Windows 8, and not an OEM Recovery drive, which may use the partitions already on the original drive.

    Both of my Dell Recovery Drives, OEM and Windows 8, use about 8.3 GBs of the 32 GB flash drive.
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    7/8/ubuntu/Linux Deepin


    Might be able fit an esd on there.Tight for install.wim
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