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Recovery Drive - Create with USB Flash Drive in Windows 8


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You're welcome. Sorry that you may need to go the System Recovery route instead.
 

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Trying to create a Recovery Drive on a 4GB USB stick, but every time I do, I get the "missing files". I do not have a Recovery Partition; instead, I simply want to create a Recovery Drive -- the USB equivalent of what I had in Win7. Is this not possible without a Recovery Partition?

Asking because I found a thread on NeoSmart that said this problem is solved if you copy the contents of the Win8.1 ISO to the C: drive -- which I did. But then, when I tried to do the "reagentc", it complained about not finding a Winre.wim file.

I checked the files copies and, in fact, there is no Winre.wim file. I also checked the files on the USB stick (which I made from the ISO file I downloaded from MS), and it too, has no Winre.wim file.
 

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Hey Mark,

Yeah, you'll need to have the recovery partition to be able to create a recovery drive.

However, you could just create a Windows 8.1 installation USB with the ISO file that you could also use a recovery drive since WINPE is already included.
 

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Pretty much unless you had an OEM PC and included a copy of the OEM recovery partition with the recovery drive to also have a factory recovery option.

Otherwise, it's pretty much the same a System Repair Disc from Windows 7.
 

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As long as you have the WinRE registered you can create recovery media, but unless you have a recovery image (install.wim) it is nothing more then WinPE with a recovery gui..

If you create the recovery media and put the install.wim from the setup media.. you will restore the windows image and thus by pass windows setup..
 

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Recovery drive changes to FAT 32

I have an Acer laptop running Win 8.1. It has a 128 GB SSD, NTFS, 64 bit. I Purchased a 128 GB flash drive (ADATA) to use as my Recovery drive.

Being that my SSD is NTFS format, I reformatted my flash drive to NTFS. However, when I used the Create Recovery to create an image of my internal SSD, it automatically reformatted my flash drive as FAT 32. Does this mean I’ll have trouble if I must recover from my Recovery drive?
 

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Hello jbob,

Since your laptop is UEFI, you would need to have the USB formatted using FAT32 to be able to boot from it.

However, FAT32 has a 4GB file size limit.
 

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Recovery drive with NTFS

Thanks for your swift reply. I feel more comfortable now. However, I have another question: While I don't think I have any files larger than 4 GB, I cannot be certain, so, is there a way to create an image backup on my flash drive in NTFS format?

Another Q: Would a 3rd party image creator (Acronis) be superior?
 

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Windows System Image will not save a system image to a USB flash drive despite saying it can.

It would be safer to save a system image to an external hard drive, or a separate internal hard drive.

Any 3rd party image program would be better since the one included in Windows is just for basic usage. Acronis is good. Marium Reflect is another good one as well.
 

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Hi everyone, i need some help please, i have a question, i bought a new HP PC with Windows 8.1.
I created a USB recovery drive using the tool in Windows so that i can boot from it whenever i want to reinstall Windows from scratch.
It worked fine.
When i did it, i only had a 64GB USB in hand but in fact only needed about 13.5GB.
So now i would like to transfer that to a 16GB USB and use the 64GB USB for something else.
Do i just use copy and paste the files in Windows or is it more complicated than that ?
I would appreciate any help

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Hello Benaknoun, and welcome to Eight Forums. :)

You could just create a new recovery drive on the 16GB USB. When it's finished, you can format the 64GB USB and use it how you like.
 

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Hi Brink
Thanks for your post.
Unfortunately that's not possible.
When I created the recovery USB, I ticked on " remove recovery partition from the PC", it was done to save space on the original HDD which I cloned to a SSD.
I was a few GB short on the SSD so removing the recovery partition helped me clone into the SSD.
so now, I tried to create a recovery on USB again but I get a message saying recovery cannot be created on this pc. Something about missing files...
So i guess I better not lose the USB drive.
I wish I had a 16gb USB when I created the recovery drive...

Thanks again, much appreciate your help
 

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I see. Yeah, you won't be able to create another one using the same method.

Luckily, you can still use your 64GB USB for other storage.
 

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Yes, you can copy the contents of the 64GB to the 16GB formatted using FAT32. Afterwards, mark the 16GB as active using an option in the tutorial below. When finished, boot from the 16GB USB and test to make sure it works properly before formatting the 64GB USB. :)

Partition - Mark as Active - Windows 7 Help Forums
 

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If I may jump in and make a suggestion...
You could always use something like Macrium Reflect and make a system image (if you're absolutely sure your system is free from any malware right now & you're not having any problems otherwise) then use your 16GB stick to make the WinPE recovery drive(or use a DVD even).
It does about the same as your recovery partition except it keeps your programs and Windows is updated to the last image made too(big big bonus). It's what I did with XP, 7, and now 8.
Windows 10 is coming out soon, and If you're planning to upgrade in the first year(to get it free), you may need a system image program anyhow if something happens after the first year the makes you have to reinstall(not known yet if the key given in the first year is good for a clean/re-install.
 

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UEFI boot mode do not use boot sectors on the USB flash drive (and the hard drive) and do not require active partition to be set.

Format your USB flash drive (see screenshot below). Note: You need to choose the FAT32 file system.

When formatting is complete, copy the contents of the 64GB to the 16GB.

Format Removable Disk.png
 

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Yes, you can copy the contents of the 64GB to the 16GB formatted using FAT32. Afterwards, mark the 16GB as active using an option in the tutorial below. When finished, boot from the 16GB USB and test to make sure it works properly before formatting the 64GB USB. :)

Partition - Mark as Active - Windows 7 Help Forums
Hi Brink
That´s a great idea, i´ll do that.
Thanks
 

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UEFI boot mode do not use boot sectors on the USB flash drive (and the hard drive) and do not require active partition to be set.

Format your USB flash drive (see screenshot below). Note: You need to choose the FAT32 file system.

When formatting is complete, copy the contents of the 64GB to the 16GB.
Hi Genet
After formatting the new USB to FAT32, i just do copy and paste?
Or do i use something like Easeus partition master and copy the partition over ?

Thank you
 

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