1. Joined : Aug 2015
    Posts : 16
    Windows 10 Home 64 bit
       20 Aug 2015 #1

    Recovery disk. What functions will it perform?


    Hi,

    Just curious. I created a recovery disk on a 32 GB flash drive that included the system files and has 17.2 GB of used space. What functions can I perform with this disk? E. G., Clean install? Refresh/reset? I'm wondering if the USB stick that I made with the "media creation tool" as an installation disk (a 4 GB capacity) is a bit redundant.

    Thanks,
    Ed
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  2. Joined : Oct 2014
    Posts : 839
    Windows 8.1, Win10Pro
       20 Aug 2015 #2

    The USB stick you made with the tool is an installer; the recovery stick can be used to do Recovery -- very different functions.
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  3. Joined : Aug 2015
    I'm in the ghetto
    Posts : 705
    Windows 10 Pro x64
       20 Aug 2015 #3

    The recovery disk allows you to boot directly into the recovery environment to diagnose and repair an installation. From there you can repair startup, file system and other problems, run System Restore, Refresh or Reset your PC. You cannot install Windows from a recovery disk.
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  4. Joined : Aug 2015
    Posts : 16
    Windows 10 Home 64 bit
       20 Aug 2015 #4

    WhyMe said: View Post
    The recovery disk allows you to boot directly into the recovery environment to diagnose and repair an installation. From there you can repair startup, file system and other problems, run System Restore, Refresh or Reset your PC. You cannot install Windows from a recovery disk.
    Thanks, that is clearly what I wanted to know. I'll keep both.
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  5. Joined : Aug 2015
    Posts : 119
    Windows 7 (reverted back)
       20 Aug 2015 #5

    Certainly with Windows 10 (where you have no Media like a DVD) the recovery disk(s) are your only option in case of a HD crash or other serious issues with the Windows installation.

    Best Practise is to have the Recovery Disk(s) and to create a Backup (at least once a week) to a NAS (Network attached Storage) or similar. In case of a major crash, the system can be fixed in 2 -3 hours (depending on the size of the backup)
    Please keep your system files / programs, separated from the Data files.
    Best Practise is to have de Data that you need to access daily on a second partition or second drive and make backups at least weekly.

    Good Luck
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