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Recovery Drive - Create with USB Flash Drive in Windows 8

  1. #180


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    64-bit Windows 10


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

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  2. #181


    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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  3. #182


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    64-bit Windows 10


    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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  4. #183


    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.
    I already did that. So, the Recovery Drive would be redundant ... then.
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  5. #184


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    64-bit Windows 10


    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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  6. #185


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    Windows 3.1 > Windows 10


    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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  7. #186


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    8.1

    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 Iíll have trouble if I must recover from my Recovery drive?
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  8. #187


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    64-bit Windows 10


    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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  9. #188


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    8.1

    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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  10. #189


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    64-bit Windows 10


    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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