Windows 10: Create Recovery Drive in Windows 10  

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  1. Posts : 63
    Windows 10 Home 64-bit 1803
       22 Dec 2016 #230

    Thanks Brink, I used a Sandisk Ultra 32gb stick and it worked great.

    Only used 6gb though so size was not the problem. It was only a couple of dollars more though and once my system gets bloated with updates in the future I may need that size!
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    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 18219
    Thread Starter
       23 Dec 2016 #231

    That's great news bumboola.
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  3.    04 Mar 2017 #232

    I have followed the create recovery disk procedures. I NTFS formatted four new 16gb usb disks, as I am going to create recovery disks for two desktops and two laptops. All four are 64 bit systems. I check the box to back of system files and then click 'next'. It searches for my usb drive, but does not find it. It then prompts me to insert a usb drive again. I insert a different drive and it still doesn't find it. I've tried this with four different usb drives. All are formatted NTFS. What am I missing? Help.
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    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 18219
    Thread Starter
       04 Mar 2017 #233

    Hello fatz2fly, :)

    Double check using the tutorial below for now to see if it may be able to help.

    USB Drive - Boot from in Windows 10
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  5.    04 Mar 2017 #234

    Brink, thanks for responding. My circumstance is different than the page you referenced. I am not attempting to boot from a usb drive at this point. I am only attempting to create a usb recovery drive using the Windows 10 recovery drive utility in Control Panel. I've attempted to create a usb recovery drive using four different, brand new usb disks. The recovery drive doesn't recognize these disks and keeps prompting me to load a usb drive. However, these same usb drives are recognized by Windows Explorer, so I know they are not defective. Back in Windows 7, one had to create a bootable usb disk before copying the Win 7 ISO. According to my reading, when you check the 'copy system files' box in the Windows 10 recovery disk creation utility, the usb disk does not have to be bootable. But, I am wondering if that is the problem. Does the usb disk have to be bootable before I can create a recovery disk? If so, how does one create a bootable usb disk in Windows 10?
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    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 18219
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       04 Mar 2017 #235

    The process of creating the recovery drive will make the USB bootable.

    Will it successfully create the USB if you don't check the "Copy system files" box?

    If you like, you could create a Windows 10 installation USB that will have the same recovery options included with the extra of being able to clean install Windows 10 if needed.

    USB Flash Drive - Create to Install Windows 10
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  7.    04 Mar 2017 #236

    The good news is I ran the Win 10 create a recovery disk utility in my other three systems and it worked as it was supposed to in all three. So, I have one desktop that doesn't recognize the usb drive when I attempt to make recovery disk. During normal operations, it does recognize the usb drive. Now that is a conundrum. Any suggestions on how to troubleshoot that problem?
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    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 18219
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       04 Mar 2017 #237

    It depends on the purpose you want to use the recovery drive for.

    If you wanted to mainly use it for "Back up system files", then I would recommend to create a system image backup instead for better reliability.

    If you wanted to mainly use it for a boot USB for WinRE, then a Windows 10 installation USB will also give you that ability.
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  9.    13 Mar 2017 #238

    Bit of a bummer - I just bought a 32GB Toshiba USB stick to make a recovery drive, 'cos Windows 10 says I'll have to have 32GB space on the recovery drive - and, guess what - a 32GB drive is actually 28GB! It looks like this drive may be useless for this, but I'm giving it a go anyway.
    If it's no good, I've got to shell out over 24 for a 64GB drive, which is overspend and overkill, but there's nothing in between, like, say, 48GB.
    In the meantime, I can use this 32GB drive to make a "simple" recovery drive without backing up system files, which will give me an escape pod in the event of a crash, but isn't ideal.
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  10.    13 Mar 2017 #239

    ATTENTION! If you have to make a recovery drive in a hurry, and (like me) all you have spare is a 1TB external drive, this will do - BUT - if later you get another USB drive to re-make the recovery disk, you will find when you look back at the 1TB drive, it's now showing only 32GB capacity! This is because only the primary volume is recognised in Explorer, and that's what the drive has been formatted for. All is not lost, however - press Windows-R and enter diskmgmt.msc This will check all your attached drives, and you'll find the 1TB drive has a 32GB primary volume and the rest is unallocated. Use the utility to delete that primary volume (right-click and follow instructions) then make the whole drive as a "simple volume" - then you've got your drive back!
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