Windows 10: Create Recovery Drive in Windows 10
I'm afraid that the required size varies with each system and what's on it. It appears that you have enough to require a 32 GB USB.
Dumb question here-what advantage if any is there to using the recovery drive with system files backed up to it as opposed to just using a windows 10 iso that can be used for its advanced recovery option and install.I'm kind of amazed as to the size of the recovery drive being greater the windows 10 install iso.Also a heads up i found the best time to create the recovery drive is early on after a fresh install-seems to not fail then
If you have an OEM PC with a factory recovery partition, then the include system files would also include this OEM recovery partition on the USB recovery drive.
A Recovery Drive appears to include the drivers for the machine concerned.
If the drivers aren't ones which Windows 10 finds automatically, this can be useful- eg. I have a tablet (upgraded from Windows 8.1) where the installer doesn't automatically find the touchscreen drivers, but the Recovery Drive has them and can be operated with the touchscreen.
Also, if there isn't an OEM recovery partition, you can save your own software into a provisioning package (ideally when the machine is freshly set up) , and your software will be reinstalled if you install Windows from the Recovery Drive.
kk I see-so am i correct in assuming that if you are successful in creating the recovery drive with system files backed up then that you should be the medium to use if another fresh install or operating system reset is needed in the future as opposed to using the windows 10 iso.
If/when it works, a Recovery Drive should be slightly better than an ISO, but there's not much in it.
Personally because of the problems in creating a Recovery Drive, I wouldn't rely on it over the ISO. The ISO is always the same, but the Recovery Drive is individual to each device, so there's more to go wrong.
I may try making a recovery drive tonight, and just see how it works. Thanks Cliff M.
If I create a Windows 10 USB flash drive using option 2 (Rufus) here:
USB Flash Drive - Create to Install Windows 10 - Windows 10 Forums
It still gives the same functionality as this recovery drive right?
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