What does Create a Recovery Drive do?

  1. MikeHawthorne's Avatar
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    What does Create a Recovery Drive do?


    Hi

    I'm not sure from the description what the create a recovery drive option does.

    Does this make a bootable repair disk, or USB drive, and does it include the files to restore Windows on it or just a disk that lets you access Windows Recovery.

    I guess I'm asking what is it that you end up with when you've completed the process?

    What I'd like to see is a disk that would not only access recovery but have the files necessary to restore the computer without asking you to "Insert Windows Media Now!" the message that many people, who don't have installation material often get.

    Mike
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  2. Edwin's Avatar
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    MikeHawthorne said:
    Hi

    I'm not sure from the description what the create a recovery drive option does.

    Does this make a bootable repair disk, or USB drive, and does it include the files to restore Windows on it or just a disk that lets you access Windows Recovery.

    I guess I'm asking what is it that you end up with when you've completed the process?

    What I'd like to see is a disk that would not only access recovery but have the files necessary to restore the computer without asking you to "Insert Windows Media Now!" the message that many people, who don't have installation material often get.

    Mike
    It creates media to reinstall the operating system, usually on an external hard drive or thumb drive.
    You have to boot to the recovery drive intentionally.
    I'm not sure what the end result is because I've never gone that route, but I'm guessing it would be the likes of a clean install.
    It most likely creates a recovery file to access in the system directory. (Super Hidden)

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  3. alphanumeric's Avatar
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    Recovery Drive - Create with USB Flash Drive in Windows 8

    On an PC with a factory installed OEM copy of Windows 8.x, if you check the option to "copy the recovery partition from the PC to the recovery drive" you can do a factory reset from the thumb drive. The factory image is copied to the drive. On my ASUS laptop I needed a 16 GB thumb drive. The normal Recovery drive will be a lot smaller and limited in what it can do. You'll be able to do stuff like a startup repair. If you try to do a Windows Refresh or Reset though you'll be prompted for your install media. Create one and see how big it is. If its only small, around 1 gig, you won't be able to install Windows with it.
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    Is there any difference in the end result or options compared to the ESD to ISO route other than being able to have a DVD instead? I've done both and don't think there is.
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    I don't have an option for an ISO. Could you explain where you found it?

    The smaller option (without the recovery partition) will give you a repair disk (see the sequence of screen shots that Edwin posted)
    The larger option (with the recovery partition) will allow you to reinstall the operating system (in addition to the repair disk functions)
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    usasma said:
    I don't have an option for an ISO. Could you explain where you found it?

    The smaller option (without the recovery partition) will give you a repair disk (see the sequence of screen shots that Edwin posted)
    The larger option (with the recovery partition) will allow you to reinstall the operating system (in addition to the repair disk functions)
    Unless I'm missing something, slightly different route but both still have the same repair or WinRE options. I believe a downloaded full ISO burned DVD has the Repair OS option.

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