Windows 10: Create Recovery Drive in Windows 10  

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  1.    17 Aug 2016 #220

    DavidY said: View Post
    If the option to include System Files works (and it doesn't always), then you should be able to use a Recovery Drive to reinstall Windows to a 'bare metal' machine with a completely blank or new disk. It's perhaps not quite a 'clean' install but it's pretty close.

    But compared to using installation media, there aren't many advantages of a Recovery Drive, and the Recovery Drive is a troublesome thing.
    I agree with you 100%

    system restore did a much better job then that stupid recovery drive
    thanks
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  2.    25 Aug 2016 #221

    This might be interesting for some.

    I came across this link on Microsoft's MSDN website, which contains a bit more information on what is included when you create a Recovery Drive:
    https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-gb/win...recovery_media
    User-created recovery media

    When users create USB recovery media using the Create a recovery drive utility, the resulting media always contain a bootable copy of Windows RE. This gives users access to troubleshooting and recovery tools when booting from recovery media.

    Users can optionally back up files required to perform bare metal recovery. When the option is selected, the following are copied onto the USB recovery media as well:

    • Windows Component Store
    • Installed drivers
    • Backup of preinstalled Windows apps
    • Provisioning packages containing preinstalled customizations (under C:\Recovery\Customizations)
    • Push-button Reset configuration XML and scripts (under C:\Recovery\OEM)
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       25 Aug 2016 #222

    Thank you David. I added this to the tutorial for more information.
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  4.    26 Aug 2016 #223

    How long to create Recovery Drive ?


    Gang -

    I have a new laptop & just created a recovery drive (including system files) using a SanDisk 16 GB USB (2.0) Flash Drive. It took 1:27 (that's hours & minutes!) to create. Is this normal? I've seen references to 30+ minutes but this was a lot longer. I don't have much on my HD yet. The Recovery Drive used 8.42 GB.

    I apologize if this has been answered already. I looked around (but not for too long) and didn't see the answer.

    This is my first post - please be gentle!

    Thanks.

    Bob
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  5.    26 Aug 2016 #224

    BobbyC777 said: View Post
    Gang -

    I have a new laptop & just created a recovery drive (including system files) using a SanDisk 16 GB USB (2.0) Flash Drive. It took 1:27 (that's hours & minutes!) to create. Is this normal? I've seen references to 30+ minutes but this was a lot longer. I don't have much on my HD yet. The Recovery Drive used 8.42 GB.

    I apologize if this has been answered already. I looked around (but not for too long) and didn't see the answer.

    This is my first post - please be gentle!

    Thanks.

    Bob
    I've certainly had it take this sort of time, although admittedly I spend a lot of time on slow virtual machines.

    I think that in older versions of Windows the Create Recovery Drive would more or less copy files around, but in Windows 10, it's trying to construct a Windows installer from Windows itself, which takes time and, on occasion, doesn't work.

    Did your machine come with Windows 10? If so, there might be a hidden/ system folder on your PC called c:\recovery\customizations, which might contain a file called usmt.ppkg or {something else}.ppkg (the file Type will be "Run-time Provisioning Tool")

    This .ppkg file should also be on the Recovery Drive in the folder "\Sources\Customizations", and might explain why the recovery drive took 8.4GB (and the extra time) and not something nearer 4GB.

    If so, then if you ever needed to completely recover from a non-functioning hard disk, the Recovery Drive should install both Windows and some of the software which was put there by the manufacturer.
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  6.    26 Aug 2016 #225

    DavidY said: View Post
    I've certainly had it take this sort of time, although admittedly I spend a lot of time on slow virtual machines..
    DavidY -

    Thanks for the quick reply. My machine did come with Windows 10 installed. I will sniff around later for some of those other files that you mentioned. Glad my create time doesn't set some new (long) record.
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  7.    29 Aug 2016 #226

    BobbyC777 said: View Post
    DavidY -

    Thanks for the quick reply. My machine did come with Windows 10 installed. I will sniff around later for some of those other files that you mentioned. Glad my create time doesn't set some new (long) record.

    System Restore in windows 10 works wonders and very very fast when creating and when restoring

    why do you want to mess around with rebooting and choosing many options ,, when you can let the system do it for you at the ( speed of Light )

    ask me I dont think there is any one on this forum who does system restore as much as me

    50+GB restored less then a Minute , with one Click

    Good Luck
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       30 Aug 2016 #227

    Ethelwulf said: View Post
    50+GB restored less then a Minute , with one Click

    Good Luck
    System restore just undoes 'minor' changes to the OS, a bit like going over a printed page and altering the odd word with a few dabs of correction fluid. It doesn't restore it (as in replace with new).
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       29 Nov 2016 #228

    I am having a problem creating a recovery drive and wanted to know if the issue with using Sandisk USBs is a real problem or not? If so, can someone recommend a brand that works? I am using a Sandisk 16gb stick and it's failed a few times, I would prefer to back up the system files on the recovery drive if possible. A Google search revealed some accounts of this problem but I trust the members here a lot more than random posts on the internet.

    Thanks
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       30 Nov 2016 #229

    bumboola said: View Post
    I am having a problem creating a recovery drive and wanted to know if the issue with using Sandisk USBs is a real problem or not? If so, can someone recommend a brand that works? I am using a Sandisk 16gb stick and it's failed a few times, I would prefer to back up the system files on the recovery drive if possible. A Google search revealed some accounts of this problem but I trust the members here a lot more than random posts on the internet.

    Thanks
    Hello bumboola, and welcome to Ten Forums.

    The size you need for the USB can vary. You might see if using a larger USB (32 GB) may work better.
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