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Recovery Drive - Create with USB Flash Drive in Windows 8

  1. #170


    VA USA
    Posts : 349
    W8.1up1 Pro x64 w/media center


    Just some of what I found on this.

    I made my recovery disk (DVD) when my system had W7, and yeah its a "one time deal" (see my own mess in earlier comments)

    After upgrading to W8 I WAS able to make a new one, using only a 4gig USB. I had the opportunity to try it already, and it does work, it recovers your system from the windows file history image. but you have to have made the image. Than this is where we found this problem too, cause after I upgraded to 8.1 I wanted to re make the boot USB, but like you I found it wouldn't work anymore, so it was just that one time deal with W8. but luckily the one I made with W8 still works.

    So my thought is, IF the system would let you make the recovery USB on a 4gig, to use as the boot usb, why not use the windows file history "system image backup" and image your system as it is now to the 64gig USB.

    OR if the thing just won't let you make ANY USB recovery cause the grayed out item, than the other option is to find a friend that had made one and copy it to your stick.

    The only other option is to get hold of a imaging program, like EASEUS, AOMEI or Malcum Reflect, and just image the system to that 64gig USB, than make a "Boot" USB using one of the other smaller ones, OR just a boot DVD from either those programs.

    I hope it makes some sense to you. it is doable one way or another.

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  2. #171


    thanks for the assistance...the link provided pretty much explains everything.
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  3. #172


    Posts : 2
    Windows 8.1


    Hi all. I have read multiple forums, threads and sites but still pretty confused.

    I wanted create and ISO from the recovery USB. My plan is to make the recovery USB either from Windows 8.1 or the OEM recovery creator then back it up by converting it into an ISO format and then upload it to the cloud for safekeeping. Is it possible to do this?

    So far based on what I have read and comprehended (correct me if I am wrong):
    1. Windows 8.1 cannot anymore create a system repair disc (cd/dvd)
      • This means I cannot create and iso directly using this

    2. You cannot create an image format directly from a bootable USB or the recovery USB
      • I have read on creating an ISO from a windows 8.1 installation USB but it had extra instructions to copy the bootsector or change some other advanced settings. The instructions were for Windows 7 and mutli boot usb so I am not sure if it will work.
      • Also from what I have gathered ISOs and USB drives have different specifications so that is what is making it hard. Do you guys know of an image format that will be able to backup the USB and recreate it later if needed?


    Thanks.
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  4. #173


    Posts : 22,581
    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Koyut, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    If you like, there a free program named "USB Image Tool" that can create an .img file of the USB that can be used as a backup and used to restore with.

    alex's coding playground » USB Image Tool

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
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  5. #174


    Posts : 2
    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Hello Koyut, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    If you like, there a free program named "USB Image Tool" that can create an .img file of the USB that can be used as a backup and used to restore with.

    alex's coding playground » USB Image Tool

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
    Thanks. I just read up more on the recovery partition. It is possible that mine is using wimboot and it could possibly break the OS when I delete it. Is there a reliable way to determine if the OS uses wimboot?
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  6. #175


    Posts : 22,581
    64-bit Windows 10


    I wouldn't recommend to delete the recovery partition, but just have it copied to the recovery drive (USB).
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  7. #176


    VA USA
    Posts : 349
    W8.1up1 Pro x64 w/media center


    deleting the "recovery partition" depends, my laptop it came with W7HP, after upgrading it to W8, and W8.1 that recovery partition wasn't of any use, and wouldn't run anymore anyways, I removed it completely, ( I did make a full set of recovery DVD's prior with W7HP if for some strange reason I wanted to recover the factory install) )

    if I need to recover I have a couple ways to do it, either use the burned ISO of the install DVD for W8.1 if I want to do a clean install using my retail key, OR what I mostly do is recover from one of my recent Image's I make.

    So there is a reason to remove a recovery partition, if its older that the OS you now have installed.
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  8. #177


    Hey guys! Firstly, sorry for my bad english, if something is bad written ><

    So, today I was using my notebook and didn't notice I left it with "High performance" energy using, so it shut off due to overheating. After waiting a while, I turned it on and the system automatically initiated it's own repair attempt and after that a message saying it couldn't repair "SrtTrail.txt" popped out.

    So, I followed this tutorial, created succesfully the Recovery Drive, but when I went to "Refresh your PC" option, my Windows say "The inserted media is not valid".

    I've tried to create the Recovery Drive twice already, but I've ended up in the same message.

    Any clue of what's going on? Thanks!

    PS.: I didn't noticed anything wrong or weird with my PC since then and I'm sending this post from it, but if I redo the Automatic Repair in Advanced Options the same problem with "SrtTrail.txt" appear.
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  9. #178


    Posts : 22,581
    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Ledoow,

    You might see if running a SFC /SCANNOW command may be able to fix the "SrtTrail.txt file.

    SFC /SCANNOW Command - Run in Windows 8
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  10. #179


    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Hello Ledoow,

    You might see if running a SFC /SCANNOW command may be able to fix the "SrtTrail.txt file.

    SFC /SCANNOW Command - Run in Windows 8
    Hey Brink! Thanks for your help. I tried this tutorial that you sent and after running sfc /scannow four times, doing Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth once and then repeating sfc /scannow, the corruptions seemed to disappear. But, just to confirm, I did the automatic repair again and after many hours (yeah, I even went to sleep) Windows found the same error it couldn't repair before, the "SrtTrail.txt"

    All I have left now is to try System Recovery since Recovery Drive didn't work here?

    Thanks for your help again man o/
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