Windows 10: Windows 10 - Backup and Recovery (Windows 7) - Repair Disk or Recovery Solved

  1. Caledon Ken's Avatar
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       26 Nov 2016 #1

    Windows 10 - Backup and Recovery (Windows 7) - Repair Disk or Recovery

    In Windows 10 we create a recovery drive accessed by typing “Create a Recovery drive” in Cortana search bar. This recovery drive allows us to potentially repair our Windows and or restore an Image.

    Further in Windows 10 Microsoft has restored the Backup & Recovery process from Windows 7 and has labelled it as such, Backup and Recovery (Windows 7).

    As part of the setup up process in Backup and Recovery (Windows 7) we are asked on one final screen to confirm our settings and then click “Save the setting and run backup”. On this screen there is a warning that “A system repair disk maybe required to restore an Image.” The “Repair” (or Start) disk is a Windows 7 concept.

    My question. Can I definitely restore the Image created by the “Backup and Recovery (Windows 7)” process with the Windows 10 recovery drive (USB flash drive) or do I still need to create an old windows 7 Start / Repair disk?

    I think the wording in the warning needs to be updated. If the Windows 10 recovery drive is required then it should state a “Recovery drive” maybe needed or it should state a Windows 7 repair disk is required.

    Any clarification would be appreciated. I also use Image for Windows, from Terabyte inc., to "Image" by boot drive.

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  2.    27 Nov 2016 #2

    Hi, the verdict here is you're far better off using a 3rd party disk imaging program.
    - more feature rich
    - more flexible
    - updated and supported

    Several threads where problems were reported with Windows 7 Backup & Restore have gone unresolved.

    Macrium Reflect (free); Veeam Endpoint... + their boot medium + external storage.
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  3. Caledon Ken's Avatar
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       27 Nov 2016 #3

    Thanks. I do use a third party from Terebyte but I also use Windows. Haven't had an issue getting back files. Now I've jinxed myself.

    Tried Macrium Reflect with Win 10. Did an image and immediately tried a restore with a different size drive. No go, their support said it should work but we were never able to succeed.

    Hoping someone has had experience with Windows Backup with 10 can answer question. Guess I will need to run test.

    Thanks again for advice.
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  4. Caledon Ken's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Pro x64 Build 1803
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       28 Nov 2016 #4

    Test run.

    You can access the "Image" created in Backup & Restore (Windows 7) from the Recovery ( USB Flash ) Drive created as part of the Windows 10 process.
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