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Recovery Drive - Create with USB Flash Drive in Windows 8

  1. #150


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    Yep, I misunderstood what you posted then.

    You can't update a recovery drive.

    You could either create a new recovery drive on another USB, or you can do go through the process again to format the current USB and create the recovery drive again for 8.1 Update.

    Just to make sure, the recovery drive you created cannot install Windows since it doesn't include a copy of a Windows 8/8.1 recovery partition from an OEM. It can only be used to boot to the recovery options with.

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  2. #151


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    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Yep, I misunderstood what you posted then.

    You can't update a recovery drive.

    You could either create a new recovery drive on another USB, or you can do go through the process again to format the current USB and create the recovery drive again for 8.1 Update.

    Just to make sure, the recovery drive you created cannot install Windows since it doesn't include a copy of a Windows 8/8.1 recovery partition from an OEM. It can only be used to boot to the recovery options with.
    yeah, I know the USB stick boot thing won't install the OS, its mainly a way to GET to the imaage when the computer doesn't boot at all, that's what the image is for, I used the usb stick for one the restore an image I made on my external USB drive.

    So OK your sayin the USB stick CAN be re made?, cause like I said when I plugged it in to try to make one, it just gave me the missing files thing, no option to even format and start over.

    I don't want to format this little 4g stick and find out it won't make another one know what I mean, or I guess I could just copy the contents to a temp folder and see, but I'm not sure if copying the contents back to the stick would be the same thing, soooo I guess either someone that has actually made a 2nd USB recovery drive can let me know, or I guess i could try inserting a clean USB stick and see what it does.
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  3. #152


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    Yeah. for testing purposes, I would just use another USB flash drive.

    If you still get the missing files error, then see if running a sfc /scannow command may help let you afterwards.

    SFC /SCANNOW Command - Run in Windows 8

    If all else fails, you can also use your installation media. It will let you boot to the recovery options as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Yep, I misunderstood what you posted then.

    You can't update a recovery drive.

    You could either create a new recovery drive on another USB, or you can do go through the process again to format the current USB and create the recovery drive again for 8.1 Update.

    Just to make sure, the recovery drive you created cannot install Windows since it doesn't include a copy of a Windows 8/8.1 recovery partition from an OEM. It can only be used to boot to the recovery options with.
    well homes, I formatted one of my 8g sticks and tried it, nothing, like I said it doesn't go past the 2nd part at all, just says missing files, and nothing about formatting or making the thing. So I dono, need some more info on just what files this thing uses and where they are/should be located. Again this is JUST for the bootable USB not any OS recovery partition.
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    I did make one on a 4g stick, so I have it, I just can't figure why it doesn't let you make as many as you want/need.
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    How did the SFC scan go?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    How did the SFC scan go?
    went OK, but did say it found some non correctable errors, ran chkdsk/f/r last night we'll see, its not a pressing issue, but just irritates me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HOODY View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    How did the SFC scan go?
    went OK, but did say it found some non correctable errors, ran chkdsk/f/r last night we'll see, its not a pressing issue, but just irritates me.
    Well Brink my friend, I did a couple other things, chkdsk/f/r, SFC, and DISM checks, and now seem to have a clean deal, all errors seem to be fixed.

    But still can't get this sorry USB restore create to work.

    I did several google's to try and find anything that relates to this specific issue, but I'll be damned if i can get the right answer, all I seem to find is stuff on how to make a USB flash recovery, and always some stuff on the damned partition, I don't need the partition, I just want to re make the USB flash recovery like I did before on a 4g stick drive.

    So look if anybody has w8.1.1 and already made a USB recovery stick, see if you can make another one and let me know if its possible or not, if so than I need to know/find what files this thing seems to be missing, if not than I know what the deal is.

    Everything else is running fine now, I think I managed to repair that pesky BOSD issue too, IRQL Greater to less than that I was getting for the past week, I haven't seen anymore of those either.

    So the only irritating thing is this USB create issue. and again to be clear I DID already make one before, I just wanted to re make another one, even a clean USB didn't change anything, the program doesn't give me any options at all (see my attached pic) to even use format.
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  8. #157


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    If you didn't do a clean install of Windows 8/8.1, then that could be the issue.

    Either way, you may need to refresh or reset Windows to fix this. It would be much easier to create a Windows 8.1 installation USB to use instead. This way you could use it to either boot to the recovery options and/or reinstall Windows.

    Create Bootable USB or DVD with Windows 8 ISO
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    If you didn't do a clean install of Windows 8/8.1, then that could be the issue.

    Either way, you may need to refresh or reset Windows to fix this. It would be much easier to create a Windows 8.1 installation USB to use instead. This way you could use it to either boot to the recovery options and/or reinstall Windows.

    Create Bootable USB or DVD with Windows 8 ISO
    I did that already, have a DVD, and have the 8.1w1 setup DVD burned also from a ISO

    this USB boot thing is different, it just gives you options to refresh, restore from an image made by windows system image in file history, or recover using restore points. not to use to install the whole OS.

    I wana see if anybody else has made the USB recover thing and tries it again to post the results to see what they find.
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  10. #159


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    Yes, the recovery drive created from this tutorial will only give you those options like in the example screenshots in the tutorial on the first page. A Windows installation USB/DVD will give you those same options, and you will also be able to install Windows if you like.

    I have created multiple recovery drives back to back. The issue is that some of the files are missing on your system to create another recovery drive. Unfortunately, usually you would need to reinstall Windows to fix this.

    This is why I'm suggesting to just use a Windows installation USB or DVD instead of reinstalling Windows since it also let's you do the same thing as a recovery drive. o
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