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Recovery Drive - Create with USB Flash Drive in Windows 8

  1. #190


    Spain
    Posts : 7
    Windows 8.1


    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

    Thanks in advance

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  2. #191


    Posts : 22,576
    64-bit Windows 10


    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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  3. #192


    Spain
    Posts : 7
    Windows 8.1


    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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  4. #193


    Posts : 22,576
    64-bit Windows 10


    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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  5. #194


    Spain
    Posts : 7
    Windows 8.1


    Thanks again Brink.
    So basically I can't copy the 64gb USB into the 16gb USB?
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  6. #195


    Posts : 22,576
    64-bit Windows 10


    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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  7. #196



    Trying to Sith things out
    Bamberg Germany
    Posts : 2,290
    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit


    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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  8. #197


    Posts : 879
    Windows 10


    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.

    Click image for larger version
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  9. #198


    Spain
    Posts : 7
    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    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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  10. #199


    Spain
    Posts : 7
    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by genet View Post
    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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