Recovery Drive: Can't Create


  1. Posts : 21
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    Recovery Drive: Can't Create


    Hi

    I am trying to create a recovery drive for my laptop. I received the laptop from a family member so I don't know if the recovery files, which I believe to be on one of the hard drives, are still there or not.

    I have run the Recovery Drive app and have followed all of its instructions. When it runs, I see it format the USB drive (have tried 8, 16 and 64 GB) and then start copying some files. Not too long after that, it says there is a problem and can't proceed.

    I am ultimately looking to be able to start windows from the USB if my laptop has problems upon start up. I have researched this problem and have tried common suggestions such as turning off my antivirus. But still, I can't get the Recovery Drive app to work.

    Does anyone have any ideas on what to do?

    Thank you.

    Dave

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    W10 version 21H1 (OS build 19043.1110)
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  2. NavyLCDR's Avatar
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    Create the standard Windows 10 USB installation flash drive, I recommend a 16 GB flash drive and option 1, Microsoft's own Media Creation Tool:
    Create Bootable USB Flash Drive to Install Windows 10

    On the same flash drive, after it is created, make a folder called "Drivers" and then export the drivers from the laptop to the flash drive:
    Backup and Restore Device Drivers in Windows 10

    You will have everything you need to restore Windows 10 to the laptop, minus the manufacturer's bloatware added to it. Or you could create an image of the existing OS using Macrium Reflect Free:
    Macrium Software | Reflect Free Edition

    You would likely need a 64GB or 128GB flash drive for an entire system image, as well as creating a Macrium Reflect bootable rescue drive.
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  3. dalchina's Avatar
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       #3

    Hi,
    Not too long after that, it says there is a problem and can't proceed.
    Check your disk: e.g. Hard Disk Sentinel (portable version or installable functional trial) - includes SSDs - best instant appraisal I know of.

    If ok, run
    chkdsk c: /scan
    from an admin command or Powershell prompt

    If ok, run
    SFC /SCANNOW
    and advise if it succeeds.

    -------------------------------
    Bootable disks:- have you ever booted this laptop from any bootable drive? Configuring a PC to boot from a bootable drive varies from manufacturer to manufacturer. See guide from the Tutorial section here:

    Boot from USB Drive on Windows 10 PC

    E.g. one idea for ACERs is
    Under the BOOT menu, select Legacy boot and press F10 Save & Exit. While the notebook is rebooting, press F2 again to enter the BIOS. Under the BOOT menu, select as your first boot option the USB HDD stick (your USB stick). Press F10 Save & Exit.
    You are wise to consider and plan for disaster recovery. Tenforums members endlessly recommend the routine and regular use of disk imaging, which protects everything- not just Windows- on the partitions imaged. E.g. Macrium Reflect (free) + large enough external disk.

    Recommended: planning ahead for recovery and problems- keep personal data off C:

    To complement the above, consider scheduling creation of a System Restore point (tutorial available) - great when they succeed.
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  4. Bastet's Avatar
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    Is this the inbuilt imaging/recovery options or a third party?
    The Windows installation media can do everything the recovery drive does afaik so a specific recovery USB isn’t required.
    If the inbuilt then this is a deprecated feature & Microsoft recommend using third party backup solutions.
    Many use Macrium Reflect Free to image the drive & they have their own boot USB which can be created from within the program.
    Macrium Software | Reflect Free Edition
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  5. NavyLCDR's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Pro
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    Bastet said:
    Is this the inbuilt imaging/recovery options or a third party?
    The Windows installation media can do everything the recovery drive does afaik so a specific recovery USB isn’t required.
    If the inbuilt then this is a deprecated feature & Microsoft recommend using third party backup solutions.
    Many use Macrium Reflect Free to image the drive & they have their own boot USB which can be created from within the program.
    Macrium Software | Reflect Free Edition
    I believe @jibebuoy is trying to use this method:
    Recovery Drive: Can't Create-scan0001-5-.jpg

    Create Recovery Drive in Windows 10
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  6. Bastet's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Pro 64bit
       #6

    I agree @NavyLCDR I just wanted confirmation. :)
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  7. Posts : 21
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    Thread Starter
       #7

    Thank you @NavyLCDR et al. I appreciate the help. Dave
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  8. Posts : 2,097
    Windows 10
       #8

    The Recovery drive needs about 8 GB so you will need a USB flash drive of at least 16 GB.

    Basically it contains the installed version of Windows 10 and drivers, assuming you tick the box for System files.

    So obviously you should make sure that Windows 10 has been updated and serviced by using the usual SFC and DISM command line stuff, and no problems with drivers.

    It takes a couple of hours to create the USB flash drive, assuming a standard minimally priced genuine USB flash drive.

    The drive produced is an updated version of the old Manufacturers Recovery partition containing a very outdated version of Windows & drivers at the time of original purchase.

    Not to be confused with Windows 10 install media on a USB drive (4 GB) downloaded from MS, or an Image of all the partitions on the Laptop.
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