Trying to set up a recovery drive and backup system files


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    Trying to set up a recovery drive and backup system files


    I am trying to follow these steps to set up a recovery disc onto a 128-GB flash drive. I am in Administrator mode. If I check the "back up systems files to the recovery drive" option, selecting to proceed, and waiting for a few minutes, the recovery drive creator won't let me go any farther. If I uncheck it, it just asks me for 1 GB of space, and I can proceed easily.

    Is it really possible that I have at least 128 GB of system files? If I do, is there a way to safely trim them down? Or am I going to have to settle for creating a recovery disc without the system files?

    (Windows 10 Home version# 1903)
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  2. Posts : 16,581
    Windows 10 Home x64 Version 22H2 Build 19045.3930
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    The Recovery drive procedure has always been temperamental.

    I suggest you search in the tutorial thread for suitable guidance and post there if you need to.
    - it has pages & pages of posts from other members so use the Search thread facility at the right-hand end of the green bar right near the top of the tutorial page.

    I'd like to check one thing but I am probably reading too much into your choice of words. Where you said, "I am in Administrator mode", did you simply mean that you had accepted the UAC prompt [step 4 of the tutorial] or did you mean something else?
    - accepted the UAC prompt [step 4 of the tutorial] - OK
    - something else - please explain what you did mean.



    You'll get lots of people suggesting that you use system images instead and suggesting that you choose Macrium Reflect [free edition] for this.

    Other utilities are available but this one is so commonplace that you can get plenty of help for it.

    Backup and Restore with Macrium Reflect - TenForumsTutorials
    Macrium Software Macrium Reflect Free
    Macrium USB - TenForums
    Macrium Reflect KnowledgeBase - user guide [version-independent link]

    It can also make bootable system images. This facility is called viBoot and it requires Win10 Pro.
    Macrium viBoot - Macrium KB
    Macrium viBoot - Create Virtual Machine using Macrium Image - TenForumsTutorials



    While you're thinking about backups, consider Backup and Restore Device Drivers - TenForumsTutorials as well.

    All the best,
    Denis
    Last edited by Try3; 24 Feb 2021 at 07:37.
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    Windows11 Home 64bit v:23H2 b:22631.2861
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    tollbooth said:
    I am trying to follow these steps to set up a recovery disc onto a 128-GB flash drive. I am in Administrator mode. If I check the "back up systems files to the recovery drive" option, selecting to proceed, and waiting for a few minutes, the recovery drive creator won't let me go any farther. If I uncheck it, it just asks me for 1 GB of space, and I can proceed easily.

    Is it really possible that I have at least 128 GB of system files? If I do, is there a way to safely trim them down? Or am I going to have to settle for creating a recovery disc without the system files?

    (Windows 10 Home version# 1903)
    A 32GB flash drive should be more than sufficient for a recovery drive. Format it to FAT32 ( if already not formatted to FAT32) and then try to create your recovery drive.

    Do you get any error message? Post the error message.

    Did you repartition/meddle with your system drive anytime? On an elevated command prompt type
    reagentc /info press enter and check whether it is enabled.

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    Last edited by jumanji; 24 Feb 2021 at 07:22.
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