Recovery disk. What functions will it perform?


  1. Posts : 22
    Windows 10 Home 64 bit
       #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. Posts : 1,221
    Windows 8.1, Win10Pro
       #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. Posts : 703
    Windows 10 Pro x64
       #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. Posts : 22
    Windows 10 Home 64 bit
    Thread Starter
       #4

    WhyMe said:
    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. Posts : 119
    Windows 7 (reverted back)
       #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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