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Windows 8.1 recovery discs rather than usb?


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#1 mystal

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Posted 16 July 2014 - 02:48 PM

I want to make a set of recovery discs for my new windows 8.1 machine (HP 110 desktop) but I'm finding only an option for usb drives. Is it possible to use discs instead? If so, how do I go about it? There's not a 16 gb usb to be had in this town :(

 

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#2 JohnC_21

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Posted 16 July 2014 - 03:05 PM

Hello

Under programs is there anything under HP Recovery Manager?

 

All Programs > HP Backup & Recovery > HP Backup and Recovery Manager.

 

It may let you create DVD's for a full recovery but Windows 8.1's own recovery option only allows a USB flash drive as far as I know. If you have one 16GB or larger it will work.



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Posted 16 July 2014 - 03:37 PM

Hi,

 

I want to make a set of recovery discs for my new windows 8.1 machine (HP 110 desktop) but I'm finding only an option for usb drives. Is it possible to use discs instead? If so, how do I go about it? There's not a 16 gb usb to be had in this town :(

 

thanks,

 

mystmaiden

 

In my opinion if your computer is brand new (no junk installed and perfectly working) you will be better served by doing a full image backup using a program like Macrium Reflect FREE

You can create several images and save them to an external hard disk without deleting anything from the drive.


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Posted 16 July 2014 - 03:53 PM

In Windows 8.1 you can only make a Recovery Drive on a flashdrive/pendrive/thumbdrive.  There's no option to use CD's or DVD's.  This thread on the Microsoft forums refers to this issue.

 

If you want to create a Recovery Drive without the Recovery Partition it will fit on a 2 GB flashdrive.  For that matter, I've made a Recovery Drive on a 500 MB flashdrive just to see if it will fit.  However, if you include the Recovery Partition it comes up to just over 8 GB, that's why you need a 16 GB flashdrive.

 

Also, I fully agree with SleepyDude.  With regular backups you can restore a backup for rather than going back to factory condition.


Edited by Agouti, 16 July 2014 - 03:54 PM.





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