Windows 10: Create Recovery Drive in Windows 10
Hello Carrot Cruncher, and welcome to Ten Forums.
Carrot Cruncher said:
When you create a recovery drive with the Back up system files to the recovery drive box checked, you would be able to boot from it to use the "Recover from a drive" option to reinstall Windows without having to do anything else.
However, I find that creating a Windows 10 installation USB instead to be more reliable and flexible.
Thanks for the reply. Yeah, I already use installation DVDs / USB drives, I was really just testing the "Recovery Drive" process to see if it works, which would appear to be "no" in my experience.I take it that the "Create a Recovery Drive" process is completely different to any OEM's "Create Recovery Media" process that duplicates a recovery partition to "factory reset" a machine. i.e. On a Windows 7 machine that has been upgraded:1. An OEM's Recovery Media would put the machine back to Windows 7 with all the bloatware that came with the factory image.2. The Windows 10 Recovery Drive should do the same as a Windows 10 installation device and put Windows 10 on the machine including or not including existing files depending on the user's choice during recovery.I wasn't sure whether there was a difference between using a Recovery Drive or installation media when it came to activating an OEM license. Cheers.
That's correct, a recovery drive would include any OEM bloatware if it's an OEM computer. There wouldn't be any difference for activation between using a recovery drive or retail installation media.
I'm planning on making this drive after a scary boot failure this week. I have some (possibly dumb questions) however:
- The only USB stick with the necessary capacity I have isn't the most reliable, and sometimes seems to corrupt files stored on it. Should I use it for this?
- Does it matter which format the USB drive is in? The stick in question is NTFS, although I'm tempted to reformat it. I could be wrong, but it sounds like this process reformats anyway.
- Can personal info be derived from a recovery drive? This is my main concern preventing me from having made one already. Paranoid I know, but still
ok, those are all my stupid questions. sorry if these have been covered, although I couldn't find anything from a search. Thanks for reading anyway
Hello Terarant, and welcome to Ten Forums.
You might consider creating a Windows 10 installation USB instead. I find it more reliable than a recovery drive.
Both are only installation/recovery media, so no personal information will be on them when created.
1. Buy a new flash drive
2. Creating recovery drive formats flash drive anyway.
3. A recovery drive is a bare bones reinstall - no personal data.
Thanks for your replies I've tried using installation media, but it either hasn't worked or the aforementioned USB drive failed somehow. I'm getting a new flash drive and trying again.
the only other storage I have large enough to hold an .iso is my external hard drive. Just checking - I shouldn't use that, right? Don't want to risk damaging it. :/
You could keep the ISO saved on the external HDD if you like, but you wouldn't be able to use it as boot installation media like on a USB flash drive. It won't hurt the HDD though.
Hello Shawn and thanks again for sharing all this info with us.
i was just wondering is it possible to use windows 7 repair disk to repair windows 10? will system repair work on windows 10 using win 7 repair disk? I've tried but it show me no restore point were created regard's that I have 1 restore point.
Will windows 10 repair usb work on windows 7?
You could boot from either disc on either OS to do something simple like open a command prompt at boot.
However, you would only be able to do something like a system restore or startup repair from a disc that's the same as the installed OS.
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