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Windows 10 Rescue Media - How to create a Recovery Drive

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Perhaps many of you are familiar the term USB Installation Key where you use a usb flash drive to install the Windows operating system rather then with optical media typically from Windows Vista on being dvds. Since that time and with the introduction of Windows 7 the concept of using flash drives over optical media has been growing in popularity especially with Microsoft who will be selling the latest version no longer on optical media but usb flash drives!

 

The guide here isn't about how to create installation media but with this new move to usb since Microsoft has also been focused on Tablet PC as well as the mobile platform of WIndows Phone, etc. where there are no dvd drives and maybe a single usb port with either a Tablet like Surface, Surface Pro which use the RT form of 8, 8.1, and now Windows 10 has arrived as well as with Netbooks. No more recovery disks! That is not even OEMs provide optical media with any new pcs in most cases! So what happens if you need some type of recovery media in the event Windows won't start?

 

Well in this three part guide we will cover how to create a Recovery Drive which will require a usb flash drive over 4gb in size like an 8gb or 16gb if you don't have an 8gb available since the Recovery Drive itself will see files on the drive that exceed a 4gb drive's capacity. Now note once you have your flash drive plugged and begin the process the Recovery Drive Creation tool found in the Recovery section of the Control Panel will detect any other usb drives or devices plugged in such as another flash drive from the intended destination drive, an external hard dirive, camera or other device with onboard memory you upload to pc, etc.

 

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When looking at the screen there you will notice the arrow is pointing to the Recovery secition we will be focusing on. Once you click to open this up you will then arrive at the next screen to come and see three maybe a 4th Recover previous version option to roll back a 10 upgrade to the previous version of Windows. But what we want here is at the top of the list of options on the right side of the screen.

 

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As you can see there it falls under the Advanced recovery tools options, And when going to click on the link at the top of the list there the creation tool starts off immediately by detecting all usb drives and devices plugged in at the time.

 

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For the next portion of the guide we arrive at the next screen to come which will list the drives and devices detected with only the one single example drive shown here.

 

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That may take a few minutes to arrive at so be prepared for slow going at times as the tool goes to work on each step of the process. Now upon selecting the target flash drive that will be turned into the Recovery Drive you will see a stern warning appear about anything and everything you have on the drive at the moment being wiped clean as the drive will be reformatted as part of the process. You might want to be sure anything and everything is backed up from the drive before proceeding any further!

 

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Once you click on the create button to finally get started the next screen you will also want to pay attention to since it presents the option to preserve system files. Now in the event the RD cannot be created for some reason you may have to leave the box at the bottom left of the screen unchecked. In some case having that checked off will cause a problem of some sort where on the next attempt you would simply leave it unchecked and proceed on.

 

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And now for the moment we have been or will be waiting for is the wait actually as the creation tool goes to work and we watch as the indicator progresses at a very slow pace. Isn't that the typical story in Windows? Always a wait for something to finish! :D

 

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Finally after several miniutes the Recovery Drive is created as the next screen indicates where you can then close the creation tool and return to the main portion of the Recovery section.

 

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And there you have it! A bootable Recovery Drive or better labeled "Recovery Stick" has just been completed and is ready for use if the occasion arrises. That would be when unable to get into the F8 boot options menu when Windows 10 for some reason fails to start up where recovery tools are available there as well. One thing you may want to check on however to verify that things went well and the Recovery Drive will work is two things. First examine the contents on the drive by looking it over to see if the tool did actually write to the drive.

 

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And once the Recovery Drive files have been verified as being present showing that the creation tool did write to the drive itself you may want to test the new Recovery Drive by booting up from it for a quick live session to insure everything is working well not by using anything but simply going through things like the advanced recovery tools section before exiting to restart the system.

 

One tip learned here was finding a physically small size 8gb flash drive with a hole on the end like a Kingston model you can put on a key chain if you were on the go and had upgraded your laptop or netbook with 10. You wouldn't want to be out somewhere and not have the Recovery Drive along with you if Windows 10 suddenly refuses to start up or needs some type of repair like the Startup Repair tool included. Of course for those of you who not only upgraded to Windows 10 but also saw a usb installation key created either by the Media Creation Tool when going to get to not simply having it arrive as an update you can boot live to access recovery tools when booting live from that as well. If you didn't see any media created even a dvd burn however or are using a tablet or netbook without any optical drive then the Recovery Drive is the rescue media you will want to have.

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This recovery disk will keep all the staff on the computer?

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Welcome to WF! themaclean That's a good question as well as offer the opening to explain that while booting separately from live media either optical or usb you have many tools mainly intended to discover and repair some type of problem preventing Windows from running normally. There is however a catch to all being not only are there repair tools but command options as well such being able to reformat, repartition, even wipe everything while the main intent will generally only effect the operating system's file not your personal files, programs, etc.

Any changes to the hard drive of course would be from one example the use of the manual command prompt type DiskPart tool at the command prompt while being booted live from removable media. Before ever deciding it would be much easier if the worst situation of not being able to get Windows back in working due to a complicated mess perhaps manual backups made from the drive would be the advice provided. Other backup options seen to ahead of time can even be a much better life saver in the sense that a full system image backup made of the drive during a time when everything is working at it's best could be restored if something major should come where the OS is out for good from problems being too extensive.

The advantage of having a rather basic and not to hard to use set of live repair tools is to be able to fix more or less the minor kinds of problems before the need to see a fresh copy of Windows go on with the need to start all over fresh if not an Upgrade to Repair type of installation if you don't have a system image backup made. That is where you could lose personal things.

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On 4/8/2017 at 8:36 AM, Night Hawk said:

Welcome to WF! themaclean That's a good question as well as offer the opening to explain that while booting separately from live media either optical or usb you have many tools mainly intended to discover and repair some type of problem preventing Windows from running normally. There is however a catch to all being not only are there repair tools but command options as well such being able to reformat, repartition, even wipe everything while the main intent will generally only effect the operating system's file not your personal files, programs, etc.

Any changes to the hard drive of course would be from one example the use of the manual command prompt type DiskPart tool at the command prompt while being booted live from removable media. Before ever deciding it would be much easier if the worst situation of not being able to get Windows back in working due to a complicated mess perhaps manual backups made from the drive would be the advice provided. Other backup options seen to ahead of time can even be a much better life saver in the sense that a full system image backup made of the drive during a time when everything is working at it's best could be restored if something major should come where the OS is out for good from problems being too extensive.

The advantage of having a rather basic and not to hard to use set of live repair tools is to be able to fix more or less the minor kinds of problems before the need to see a fresh copy of Windows go on with the need to start all over fresh if not an Upgrade to Repair type of installation if you don't have a system image backup made. That is where you could lose personal things.

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Thanks for the explanation. I made a repair disk with Ultimate Boot CD and it works quite well.

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You are certainly most welcome! themaclean You may this very useful not only for your own personal system but it can also be used as a live tool for other 10 systems as well. A good description for all of this along with a few illustrations can be looked over at:  http://www.backup-utility.com/windows-10/create-windows-10-recovery-disk-4348.html

The site there offers it's own form of freeware recovery tool creator. The MS page for the various Recovery options in 10 can be browed through over several links to other pages from one page found at:  https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/12415/windows-10-recovery-options

 

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