1.    21 Apr 2016 #1
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    Need info on Recovery Drive creation


    I just created a USB drive recovery disk & there are 4.8Gb of space left on the thumb drive. I checked the box for including System Files.

    I would like to know if I can use the remaining space, or if something in the process of creating a Recovery Disk on a USB drive w/System files prevents you from using the remainig space i.e. the drive was formatted & made bootable.

    tia, oldwolf
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  2.    22 Apr 2016 #2
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    Quote Originally Posted by oldwolf View Post
    I just created a USB drive recovery disk & there are 4.8Gb of space left on the thumb drive. I checked the box for including System Files.

    I would like to know if I can use the remaining space, or if something in the process of creating a Recovery Disk on a USB drive w/System files prevents you from using the remainig space i.e. the drive was formatted & made bootable.

    tia, oldwolf
    Sure you can use the space but remember the more you use a drive, the bigger the risk of failure. I do not recommend such practice as new usb sticks are so cheap.
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  3.    22 Apr 2016 #3
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    Sure you can use the extra space..
    Not sure I concur with the risk assessment - as USB re-writes are a common practice for me..
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  4.    22 Apr 2016 #4
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    Windows 10 Pro x64

    I have a 16 GB USB flash drive to install either version or platform of 10. I created a folder called Drivers and one called Software. In it, I keep my usual drivers and software apps that are part of my base install.
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  5.    23 Apr 2016 #5
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    I do not encourage you to do that. Just buy a new 8GB flash drive since it is very cheap now.
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  6.    23 Apr 2016 #6
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    Quote Originally Posted by kongming View Post
    I do not encourage you to do that. Just buy a new 8GB flash drive since it is very cheap now.
    WHY ??

    Do it all the time and have for years....
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  7.    25 Apr 2016 #7
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    Nothing to worry about at all, as long as you don't alter the existing files or directory structure.
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  8.    25 Apr 2016 #8
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    Win10 Home and Pro, Win10 Insider Preview, Win7 Home, Linux Mint

    The only caveat I have is just don't use a drive larger than 32GB. Having only a 64GB drive at hand it got 32GB formatted as FAT32 [the default]. It's the limitation of Windows partitioning and formatting FAT32 above 32GB. I acquired a 32GB drive [on sale nearly as cheap as a 16GB] and redid the redid the drive creation then booted a computer to a GPARTED LiveCD to delete the 32GB partition and formatted the drive as FAT32 at the full 64GB. GPARTED is a valuable tool in my work, have formatted HDDs as FAT32 as large as 250GB [as long as the BIOS sees a drive properly].
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  9.    15 May 2016 #9
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    thanks to all who responded, sorry I didn't post this earlier, but finishing the upgrade process,learning the new ver of Win & having a normal life got me distracted.
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