Windows 10: Move recovery drive to a separate partition Solved

  1.    05 Mar 2016 #1

    Move recovery drive to a separate partition


    I created the USB recovery drive successfully with the option "Back up system files to the recovery drive".
    Since I needed the USB for another purpose, I transferred the files from the USB to a separate partition on an external HDD and made this drive bootable using YUMI.

    So now, on the same laptop, I am able to boot to this new partition on my external HDD where windows recovery environment comes up just fine. I did not want to test the reset or refresh part. Out of curiosity, I clicked on the "System Restore" option on the advanced options screen. I got an error message "To use system restore, you must specify which Windows installation to restore. Restart this computer, select an operating system and then select System Restore"
    This is on the same laptop. Any idea on what could be going on here and on how this can be fixed?

    Thanks in advance.
    Last edited by Brink; 05 Mar 2016 at 10:46. Reason: moved to new thread
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  2.    06 Mar 2016 #2

    I got this to work. I had to change the boot mode to UEFI from legacy. On booting from my external HDD,
    the UEFI firmware recognized the windows boot manager on the new partition. System restore appears to be ok.
    "bcdedit /enum" command from the command window shows the correct values.
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  3.    06 Mar 2016 #3

    A much better option is to install Macrium Reflect Free and create an image backup to your external hard drive.

    Then create an usb recovdry drive (can just create an iso instead and store on external hard drive if no spare usb stick or dvd).

    Now here is the neat part. You can create a dual boot option which will boot to Macrium Restore environment even without a physical recovery drive (stiil need a physical drive if hdd fails).

    Then you can full recover pc back to full working condition in about an hour or so.

    I always make an image just after a clean install.
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  4.    11 Mar 2016 #4

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