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Recovery Drive - Create with USB Flash Drive in Windows 8

  1. #160


    VA USA
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    W8.1up1 Pro x64 w/media center


    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    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
    I was just trying that, but decided to stop after the thing looked like it was installing again, so I'm not sure if it would give me the options to make that USB/DVD thing BEFORE it installs or AFTER, I don't want/need to do a reinstall just to make another USB boot drive.

    I should just forget the whole thing lol, I already have the damned thing as it is, and i know it works cause i used it last night to recover my system with the last Image I made using the built in Image program, I wanted to see how it works since I mainly use a 3rd party Image program, it worked fine btw, it just bugs me when I can't figure something like this out, smirks....

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  2. #161


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    64-bit Windows 10


    I hear you. I don't like having things not work either, but just didn't think it was worth a reinstall to fix.

    You should be able to click on the Repair your computer link when you boot from installation media to see the recovery options like in OPTION SEVEN below.

    Startup Options Menu - Boot to in Windows 8
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  3. #162


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    W8.1up1 Pro x64 w/media center


    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    I hear you. I don't like having things not work either, but just didn't think it was worth a reinstall to fix.

    You should be able to click on the Repair your computer link when you boot from installation media to see the recovery options like in OPTION SEVEN below.

    Startup Options Menu - Boot to in Windows 8
    yeah actually that's the same screen I get when I use that USB boot stick but nothing about creating the USB recovery flash drive or DVD. HY 4get it, its Labor Day weekend Something might pop up here L8R lol.
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  4. #163


    I'm trying to do this recovery drive using a USB flash...but not with the above method. My HP pavilion pc has a built-in recovery media creator. It's a simple automated type thing. I click next, select the usb drive....it tells me I need 15.6 GB, I have a 64 GB stick plugged into F:// drive...but the "next" to launch the application is "greyed out". I don't understand why that is when it says the only reason this would be, is if the storage device doesn't have sufficient space. This is obviously not the case. This application is a "one time" deal [can only be done once] but I've not fully operated it before [had no media device]. I don't suspect I'm "locked out" because of erroneous launch & used up my one shot. Any suggestions on why I can't proceed with this
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  5. #164


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    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello 2mindless,

    It appears that the issues is that the USB is over 32GB from this below at the HP link below.

    "Use a blank, high-quality USB flash drive no greater than 32GB and displays as an external device in Windows."

    Creating a Recovery Image on Discs or Saving a Recovery Image to a USB Flash Drive (Windows 8) | HP® Support
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  6. #165


    What do I say...I suspected this; that I had too much storage space & for some odd reason it was beyond the parameters alotted, but realistically it shouldn't prohibit doing the recovery media because I have TOO MUCH storage. Now, my frustration is that I don't have much money, I got an excellent sale price on this flash drive & I have NO USE FOR IT! I bought it exclusively to create the recovery media & I'm stuck needing to buy ANOTHER media device cause I have to have 16 full GB's. What's more annoying is that I already have 2 'erased' flash drives (an 8GB & 16 GB). But HP's imbedded recovery creator does not PERMIT for the use of a combination of USB flash to do the files. The 16GB stick I have is irrelevant for the 15.6 GB of data I need to do the recovery...because with the formatting, it too up a few KB's & I don't have enough storage now as the flashdrive is only allowing me 14.8 gb's usable storage. I'm in such a BIND to do this. I also don't know if I've already blown my opportunity [it's a one shot launch] because I did attempt doing this before...& I didn't have sufficient media storage. So is the option used up, or should it still be available because it wasn't successfully done before...?
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  7. #166


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    windows 8


    I am incredibly new to this and sound naive, but I am guessing youncannot make a recovery drive for windows 8 from a windows 7 computer?
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  8. #167


    my last comment Brink, if you can please direct me. I tried doing a sort of manual copy to the 64 GB usb flash...to create the recovery media. I'm confused on this too because; I didn't choose for the files to be done in a zip file. My computer has an automatic thing that puts large amounts of files automatically into a 7-zip file. So it's a zip file...I launched the extractor.....it ran to 100% taking over 2 hours to copy the files to the flash media...but the thing is, the extractor copy indicator sat at 100%, it didn't finish. There was nothing I could do...it was running the names of the transferred files as it was doing it...but I'm not finding anything on the USB flash...all it had in the file folder showing there was the HP partition image disclaimer/warning about use or tampering with it. I'm so confused & this has turned into a big pain in the butt. Any ideas on what I did wrong with a manual copy? Or is there something in the system which prohibits manual copying cause it's not sure if it's an authentic user.
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  9. #168


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    64-bit Windows 10


    Quote Originally Posted by susiep View Post
    I am incredibly new to this and sound naive, but I am guessing youncannot make a recovery drive for windows 8 from a windows 7 computer?
    Sorry, but no. It would need to be done in the Windows 8 you wanted to create a recovery drive for.
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  10. #169


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    Quote Originally Posted by 2mindless View Post
    What do I say...I suspected this; that I had too much storage space & for some odd reason it was beyond the parameters alotted, but realistically it shouldn't prohibit doing the recovery media because I have TOO MUCH storage. Now, my frustration is that I don't have much money, I got an excellent sale price on this flash drive & I have NO USE FOR IT! I bought it exclusively to create the recovery media & I'm stuck needing to buy ANOTHER media device cause I have to have 16 full GB's. What's more annoying is that I already have 2 'erased' flash drives (an 8GB & 16 GB). But HP's imbedded recovery creator does not PERMIT for the use of a combination of USB flash to do the files. The 16GB stick I have is irrelevant for the 15.6 GB of data I need to do the recovery...because with the formatting, it too up a few KB's & I don't have enough storage now as the flashdrive is only allowing me 14.8 gb's usable storage. I'm in such a BIND to do this. I also don't know if I've already blown my opportunity [it's a one shot launch] because I did attempt doing this before...& I didn't have sufficient media storage. So is the option used up, or should it still be available because it wasn't successfully done before...?
    Quote Originally Posted by 2mindless View Post
    my last comment Brink, if you can please direct me. I tried doing a sort of manual copy to the 64 GB usb flash...to create the recovery media. I'm confused on this too because; I didn't choose for the files to be done in a zip file. My computer has an automatic thing that puts large amounts of files automatically into a 7-zip file. So it's a zip file...I launched the extractor.....it ran to 100% taking over 2 hours to copy the files to the flash media...but the thing is, the extractor copy indicator sat at 100%, it didn't finish. There was nothing I could do...it was running the names of the transferred files as it was doing it...but I'm not finding anything on the USB flash...all it had in the file folder showing there was the HP partition image disclaimer/warning about use or tampering with it. I'm so confused & this has turned into a big pain in the butt. Any ideas on what I did wrong with a manual copy? Or is there something in the system which prohibits manual copying cause it's not sure if it's an authentic user.
    You'll need to use a single USB flash drive up to 32GB in size to create the HP recovery drive. You won't be able to just copy the files over.
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