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Recovery Drive - Create with USB Flash Drive in Windows 8

  1. #30


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    For that, you might consider creating a system image and save it to another hard drive (internal or external) instead. This way, if something should happen to Windows or your hard drives, you could just easily restore the system image from your backup drive to restore your entire system to how it was when the image was created.

    For your specific question, I suppose that you could use a free program like ImgBurn to create an ISO file from the USB flash drive, then save the ISO where you like. You would then be able to use the ISO file whenever you like to create a bootable USB with. Personally, shuffling your recovery partition and drive around like this introduces a high risk of it getting corrupted and possible not being able to use it when needed.

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  2. #31


    Hi, new guy to the conversation here... I just ran a muck with a Samsung Ativ tablet and I wasn't prepared so I ended up returning it. However I'd like to try this again and I'm thinking about getting the Acer W510 Windows 8 tablet but I want to make sure that I can do the same thing that this thread is talking about so that when/if the following error pops up again... "Insert Media" "Some files are missing. Your Windows Installation or recovery media will provide these files," I'll be prepared this time with a USB stick to correct it?

    Does this work for tablets as well?
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  3. #32


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    Hello Mickey,

    According to Acer, the Acer Iconia W510 tablet comes with restore discs that you could use.Hope this helps,
    Shawn
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  4. #33


    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Hello Mickey,

    According to Acer, the Acer Iconia W510 tablet comes with restore discs that you could use.Hope this helps,
    Shawn
    Shawn,

    I believe this W510 is probably a laptop since it has a CD/DVD slot with it. I am talking about purchasing a tablet and it will not have a CD/DVD drive. Yes I could maybe plug one into a USB port but since it is a tablet I'm not thinking that Acer is going to send a DVD with it.
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  5. #34


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    You will still be able to use the tutorial on the first page to create an Acer Recovery USB flash drive like in the link below from Acer. I would recommend to not delete the recovery partition to still be able to use either one.

    Create a Acer Factory Default Backup in Windows 8
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  6. #35


    Great... Thanks, that's the first thing I'll do when it arrives Thursday!
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  7. #36


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    You're welcome, and enjoy the tablet.
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  8. #37


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    OK, I'm a little slow on these so here it goes...

    I have an Asus Zenbook Prime laptop which came with Windows 8 installed (non-pro). I didn't get a recovery DVD, nor, incidentally, do I have anything telling about the OS PID. Anyway I've since upgraded the OS to Windows 8 Pro with Media Center.

    So, I just now created the USB flash drive using these instruction and all went well; it did however take about 30-35 minutes to create the flash drive though (10gig).

    My question though: Should I have to use it (the flash drive), which OS will it use? The factory, or the upgrade I installed?

    Not used to dealing with laptops or pre-built systems so I'm a bit confused.

    Thanks.
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  9. #38


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    Hello Drew,

    It created a factory recovery USB for the Windows 8 you originally had with the laptop. If you ever need to do a factory recovery of Windows 8, you'll have to add WMC again the same way afterwards.

    Hope this helps.
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  10. #39


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    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center


    OK, got it.

    Thanks.
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