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  1.    04 Apr 2016 #1
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    USB Recovery Drive in Windows 10?


    Hi what size is best for a USB flash drive memory stick in order to create a recovery drive for the newly installed Win 10 pls?
    Is 64GB too large?

    Appreciate any help

    Thx
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  2.    04 Apr 2016 #2

    Hi there

    IMO the best size is one that is large enough to accomodate bootable version of Macrium PLUS your latest Windows recovery image (you want the "C" OS partition and the system reserved partition in the backup image).

    If you have the Macrium ISO you can make a bootable USB with RUFUS. Simply create 2 partitions on the USB stick, one bootable for Macrium and the other for your Image data.

    In general a 64GB stick should be more than large enough.

    Cheers
    jimbo
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  3.    04 Apr 2016 #3
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    Hi quick reply appreciated, never used or heard of RUFUS.

    Thx
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  4.    04 Apr 2016 #4
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    Quote Originally Posted by jimbo45 View Post
    If you have the Macrium ISO you can make a bootable USB with RUFUS. Simply create 2 partitions on the USB stick, one bootable for Macrium and the other for your Image data.

    In general a 64GB stick should be more than large enough.

    Cheers
    jimbo
    Multiple partitions on the same USB can be problematic on some computers. There is no need for the second partition. I would just make the Macrium Reflect Rescue drive and save the image file to a folder on it and just leave it as one big partition.
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  5.    04 Apr 2016 #5
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    Hi thx for that.....
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  6.    04 Apr 2016 #6
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    I have done it both ways. I've used two separate partitions, and I have used one big partition. The one big partition has given me less problems in the past.
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  7.    04 Apr 2016 #7
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    Thx
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  8.    08 Apr 2016 #8
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    If you are talking about the USB Recovery Media, 16GB is the best for the job.
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  9.    08 Apr 2016 #9
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    OK Thx so 64Gb would be way too big
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  10.    08 Apr 2016 #10
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    Quote Originally Posted by badrobot View Post
    If you are talking about the USB Recovery Media, 16GB is the best for the job.
    Not if he is also going to store the backup image on the same drive.
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