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  1. Joined : Oct 2013
    Posts : 17,413
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 15007
       2016-02-03 #130

    Carrot Cruncher said: View Post
    Hi. Am I correct in saying that a Recovery Drive can be used in the event that a hard drive fails and has to be replaced? The reason I ask is that I have tested the process on two separate machines both with OEM installations of Windows 7 that I have upgraded (keep nothing) to Windows 10. In both cases I had trouble creating the drive, but after trying various USB drives I eventually got it to work by simply using a different USB port (even though all the USB drives were recognised in Windows Explorer when attached to the original port, weird!). Having created the Recovery Drive I swapped the internal hard drive out for a completely blank (binary zero'd) drive and booted to the Recovery Drive. On one of the machines I don't get the "Recover from a drive" option. On the other I get the option but, having completed the recover, the machines boots to a "An operating system wasn't found." message. Neither machines have a UEFI BIOS or secure boot options. All drives are MBR, not GPT. Is it simply a case of booting to the Recovery Drive and following the prompts, or are you supposed to prep a new drive first? Cheers.
    Hello Carrot Cruncher, and welcome to Ten Forums.

    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.

    USB Flash Drive - Create to Install Windows 10
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  2. Joined : Feb 2016
    Posts : 2
    Windows 10
       2016-02-03 #131

    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.
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  3. Joined : Oct 2013
    Posts : 17,413
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 15007
       2016-02-03 #132

    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.
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  4. Joined : Feb 2016
    Posts : 4
    Windows 10
       2016-02-05 #133

    Hi,


    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
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  5. Joined : Oct 2013
    Posts : 17,413
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 15007
       2016-02-05 #134

    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.

    USB Flash Drive - Create to Install Windows 10

    Both are only installation/recovery media, so no personal information will be on them when created.
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  6. Joined : Dec 2015
    Posts : 2,429
    Windows10
       2016-02-05 #135

    Terarant said: View Post
    Hi,


    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
    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.
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  7. Joined : Feb 2016
    Posts : 4
    Windows 10
       2016-02-08 #136

    Brink said: View Post
    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.

    USB Flash Drive - Create to Install Windows 10

    Both are only installation/recovery media, so no personal information will be on them when created.
    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. :/
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  8. Joined : Oct 2013
    Posts : 17,413
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 15007
       2016-02-08 #137

    Terarant,

    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.
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  9.    2016-02-12 #138

    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.
    or
    Will windows 10 repair usb work on windows 7?

    Kind Regards
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  10. Joined : Oct 2013
    Posts : 17,413
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 15007
       2016-02-12 #139

    Hello nissimezra,

    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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