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Recovery Drive, what can be done with it - a discussion

  1. #11


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    Quote Originally Posted by theog View Post
    1) I have never made a Custom Refresh Image.
    I have stayed with System Imaging ( Windows, Paragon 12 & SSR Desktop Edition)

    2) Windows 8 Pre-Install, using Windows USB Recovery Drive with copy Recovery Partition, you can use a USB2 drive.

    3) (Testing today) Windows 8 Pre-Install update to 8.1, using Windows USB Recovery Drive with copy Recovery Partition, you can not use a USB2 drive.
    Need to go out get a USB3 Drive for testing.
    Quote Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
    That is odd. I don't have usb 3.0 capability on my machine. I can create a recovery drive just fine from 8.1. I didn't start from an 8.0 pre install , but not sure why that would make any difference.
    NO go using USB3 to remake Windows OEM Recovery Drive.

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  2. #12


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    Theog, do I understand correctly that you can make a basic recovery drive with a USB 2 or USB 3 drive in either a USB2 or USB3 port, but you cannot make a full Recovery Drive (partitioned copied) in either USB 2 or USB 3 drives?

    If you cannot make the full (partition copy included), what indications are you getting? Do you have a picture, or reference to one, of your Disk Management configuration? What image did you put in the Recovery partition?
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  3. #13


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    Is the box ticked in the recovery drive program window?

    If it isn't that may be because the osimage ( install.wim , or install.swm, or install.esd ) is not registered. That could happen after an upgrade.

    You could run reagentc /info and see what it says.

    Quote Originally Posted by theog View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by theog View Post
    1) I have never made a Custom Refresh Image.
    I have stayed with System Imaging ( Windows, Paragon 12 & SSR Desktop Edition)

    2) Windows 8 Pre-Install, using Windows USB Recovery Drive with copy Recovery Partition, you can use a USB2 drive.

    3) (Testing today) Windows 8 Pre-Install update to 8.1, using Windows USB Recovery Drive with copy Recovery Partition, you can not use a USB2 drive.
    Need to go out get a USB3 Drive for testing.
    Quote Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
    That is odd. I don't have usb 3.0 capability on my machine. I can create a recovery drive just fine from 8.1. I didn't start from an 8.0 pre install , but not sure why that would make any difference.
    NO go using USB3 to remake Windows OEM Recovery Drive.
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  4. #14


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    @SIW2

    C:\WINDOWS\system32> reagentc /info
    Windows Recovery Environment (Windows RE) and system reset configuration
    Information:

    Windows RE status: Enabled
    Windows RE location: \\?\GLOBALROOT\device\harddisk0\partition5\Recovery\WindowsRE
    Boot Configuration Data (BCD) identifier: 6523520f-2a43-11e2-8e3b-001999eb4c9c
    Recovery image location: \\?\GLOBALROOT\device\harddisk0\partition6\Recovery
    Recovery image index: 1
    Custom image location:
    Custom image index: 0

    REAGENTC.EXE: Operation Successful.

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  5. #15


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    So, it originally tells you the copy capability is present, but after you connect a flash drive of at least 16 GB is removes the option and sets it back to a basic process?

    Is the Lexar drive locked for some reason, or does the padlock symbol mean something else?

    There must be something keeping the Recovery Drive utility from seeing the flash drive as completely usable.
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    Is the Lexar drive locked for some reason, or does the padlock symbol mean something else?
    Just means the Security app is on drive.



    Still the same, if you make a Repair only drive first.
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  7. #17


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    I was thinking, and perhaps another reason it might refuse to copy the Partition contents could be there is a problem with the image. Is the image all you have in that partition, is the partition set up hidden? Sorry, but I do not remember if you stated how you made the image.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Saltgrass View Post
    I was thinking, and perhaps another reason it might refuse to copy the Partition contents could be there is a problem with the image. Is the image all you have in that partition, is the partition set up hidden? Sorry, but I do not remember if you stated how you made the image.
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  9. #19


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    So you are using a Windows 8.1 install to make a Recovery Drive using a Recovery Partition from Windows 8. I suppose there could be a version disagreement in doing that, but since I used an 8.1 image, I have no way to check, no OEM installs available.
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  10. #20


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    I think it might be the recovery partition has been there all along and contains 8.0 image. I so, that might be why it isn't being included. You would think there would be a message , wrong os version or similar, but there doesn't seem to be.
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