Unable to create a recovery drive by Recovery Media Creator

  1. Posts : 7
    Windows 10

    Unable to create a recovery drive by Recovery Media Creator

    I tried to create a recovery drive on Dell Inspiron 13 7000 according to these instructions. My OS is Windows 10 build 1803 17134.523 (why this cannot be copied?!)

    The USB key is a brand new 16GB Kingston DataTraveler 100 G3, checked for errors, formatted first with NTFS, then FAT32 for 2 failed attempts.

    The work sequence was as described in the video clip on YouTube.
    The result: 'A problem occurred while creating the recovery drive'. After this error the USB key contained unallocated space.

    Do you have any suggestions?
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  2. Bree's Avatar
    Posts : 19,144
    10 Home x64 (20H2) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)

    @Steve C, @academica is trying to create a standard Windows 10 Recovery Drive usb, not a Macrium one.

    Create Recovery Drive in Windows 10 | Tutorials

    Creating a recovery drive does not require any existing format on the usb, but it almost certainly does require the usb to have an MBR partition layout. I've not tested making a recovery drive usb, but the Media Creation Tool will certainly fail to make a usb if the one you give it has an existing gpt partition table. As the OP discovered, the usb will be left with unallocated space after the failure.

    Bree said:
    I have now confirmed that the Media Creation Tool fails with error code 0x80004005 - 0xA001A if the USB you ask it to use has a gpt partition...

    ...after failure, the USB is left 'unalocated'. You can create a new simple volume using Disk Management to make it accessible again but, critically, its is STILL using a gpt partition layout. Only DISKPART or a tool like MiniTool Partition Wizard can make it MBR again.
    USB flash drive --assign drive letter back to dynamic from static Solved - Page 3 - Windows 10 Forums

    Try another usb that you have NOT reformatted in any way, or use Diskpart or MiniTool Partition Wizard to convert the problem usb to an MBR layout.
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  3. Posts : 7
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter

    Thank you a lot for pointing the reason for the failure. I did convert the USB pen drive from GPT to MBR and the creation started. However it started about 50 minutes ago and the job is half done. I wonder why it takes so long and which of the 7 partitions will be copied. Before I did a full recovery image of the whole disk by Macrium Reflect in just 9 minutes.
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