Windows 10: Create Recovery Drive in Windows 10
Recovery Drive Size
Just created a new recovery drive using a 16 GB USB flash drive. No issues and it will boot the computer.
I looked at the drive properties and it only shows <4 GB in use. I was expecting closer to 8. Using Win 10 (1511) Home. Attached is a PDF of the drive contents. Am I missing anything?
That would be about right for how much it uses for installation USB.
Thanks Brink! I was concerned because an article I saw (not one of yours ) said a recovery drive would need close to 8 GB. Feel better now.
If it was a multiple architecture (32-bit and 64-bit) installation USB, it could come close to that size.
A recovery drive would never come close unless you checked the Back up system files to the recovery drive box.
I did check that box.
In that case, I'd say they didn't get backed up the recovery drive for some reason.
That's what I was thinking. Time to do some digging. Thanks!
Hi all. lots of helpful info here. I have a few questions. I have a very new alienware laptop. I was able to create an image to an external HDD using Win 10. I am UNABLE to create a usb recovery drive using Win 10 WITH the include system files box checked. So, If i uncheck include system files and create the usb recovery drive with just the tools, am I able to restore my image using that drive in the event that my C drive were to fail completely? My drive has a recovery partition on the C drive from the factory. However, that is basically useless if that drive fails. All i am able to do in windows is create a usb recovery drive without the system files. And using the image I created on and external drive (~45gb), would i be able to restore my computer to that image with this recovery tool without system files? If not, what do you suggest I do in the event of a total C drive failure? Thanks in advance.
Most likely you will get a lot of different answers on this. Their are a lot of us that use Macrium Reflect free version for doing all our image backups. Also if you install MR I suggest you make the Rescue Media option, too. It will let you restore your last image to your C drive, from a USB or DVD disk.
Hello mcinturf, and welcome to Ten Forums.
Yes. The recovery drive without the system files include will still boot you to advanced startup options where you can do a system image recovery.
If you like, you could also create a Windows 10 installation USB that you can boot to advanced startup options and/or install Windows 10 with.
I agree with Mike. Macrium Reflect is a great free program to create images with.
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