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Recovery Drive - Create with USB Flash Drive in Windows 8

  1. #20


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    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by biosub View Post
    Hi,

    I didn't even started, it asks me for a 32 GB device... whats wrong? thanksAttachment 16181 ps I'm sorry for the italian in the screenshot but is the default setting... however is should be quite clear

    You are using the OEM manufacturer's version of this tutorial.

    What Make & Model do you have?

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  2. #21


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    Windows 8


    Does not work. Message reads We can't create a recovery drive on this PC
    Some required files are missing,
    Then says use your Windows installation disk. My PC came without one Dell - not available Any way round this please ?
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  3. #22


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    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello bcwinch, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    That error means that you do not have a retail copy Windows 8 installation DVD/USB connected to be able to do the tutorial.

    Since you have a Dell (OEM) computer, you could create a factory recovery USB using the instructions from Dell below instead. That's not the same as what this tutorial is for.

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  4. #23


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    Windows 8.1 Core


    Huh, glad I read through this thread. What exactly is the purpose the option "copy contents from the recovery partition to the recovery drive"? I would have thought I could restore Windows with such a drive if the recovery partition is copied to it.
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  5. #24


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    Hello Floepie,

    Yes, using that option should create a factory recovery USB flash drive that can restore Windows 8.

    I just didn't include it in the tutorial since each OEM has their own method to creating a set of factory recovery discs or a USB, and wasn't sure if all would include that as well since I do not have an OEM PC to test with.

    It's been added to the tutorial now to help.
    Last edited by Brink; 21 Mar 2013 at 12:31. Reason: update
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  6. #25


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    Windows 8.1 Core


    Thanks for the guide update. Just one quick question further.

    Can one take the recovery contents on the USB recovery drive (after they were copied to it) and copy those contents elsewhere so that the USB key can be re-used for other tasks? Then, when needed, create the USB recovery drive once again on the same machine (without copy contents of recovery partition option) and copy back the recovery contents that were backed up elsewhere onto the USB recovery drive?

    Or, does the boot on the USB recovery drive need to know at the time of creation the size of the contents on its own drive so that the recovery contents (WIMs) are visible by the WinRE when booted from it?

    So, essentially:
    1. Create recovery drive using copy contents option.
    2. Backup visible contents on that USB key drive elsewhere.
    3. Re-use the key / delete its contents.
    4. When needed, create recovery drive on the USB
    5. Copy back the recovery contents.
    6. Use the recovery USB with contents to restore W8.

    Think that would work?
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  7. #26


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    Hello floepie,

    Just copying and pasting the contents back wouldn't make the USB bootable.

    Personally, I would recommend to get a cheap 4GB or whatever is needed USB flash drive to use for your backup recovery drive, and use another USB flash drive for everyday use.

    This will prevent accidentally making your recovery drive unusable to restore Windows 8 with if needed.

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
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  8. #27


    Kolkata, India
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    Windows® 8.1 Pro 64-Bit


    Very Very Nice Tutorial Shawn......

    I have one question for you, Are you using anything like classic shell ,etc to customize your Windows 8 theme? because your theme looks more realistic than the original Win8 Theme.

    If you are using please tell me the name of the software, I also want to use it......

    Thanks...........
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  9. #28


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    64-bit Windows 10


    Thank you Narayan. I'm glad you like it.

    Nope, just using a "Windows Default Theme" with these color settings below.

    (top second from left color)
    Click image for larger version
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  10. #29


    Posts : 42
    Windows 8.1 Core


    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Hello floepie,

    Just copying and pasting the contents back wouldn't make the USB bootable.

    Personally, I would recommend to get a cheap 4GB or whatever is needed USB flash drive to use for your backup recovery drive, and use another USB flash drive for everyday use.

    This will prevent accidentally making your recovery drive unusable to restore Windows 8 with if needed.

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
    Thanks Shawn. I realize that you need to make the stick bootable. I meant rather, is it possible to first create the recovery drive with the 'copy recovery' option, then delete the recovery partition on the PC, then backup those recovery contents from the USB stick elsewhere for future use, then when needed, create the recovery drive stick once again (without the 'copy recovery' option), then transfer the backed up recovery contents (WIMs, etc.) back to the bootable stick, and then use THAT to recover using the recovery contents copied to the stick.

    That way, I could save 20GB (the size of the recovery partition) or so on my PC's hard drive. I'm just unsure as to whether I can copy 7GB or so worth of recovery contents to the bootable USB stick and have those contents be accessible to its own recovery environment.
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