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Size Matters for Recovery

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#1 Nantucketsue


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Posted 26 March 2015 - 07:39 PM

I have just acquired a new Dell with Windows 8.1.  Try as I might on different websites, including Microsoft and Dell,  I just cannot get a straightforward answer to my question.  What size and type of Write Once disc do I need to create the recovery/rescue disc and/or USB stick.   It is a while since I needed to get into the latest technology having discarded my XP, so I am way behind.   Also is BDR compatible with Windows 8.1.    Please advise.

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Posted 26 March 2015 - 08:11 PM


"Connect a USB flash drive that is at least 256 MB(8 GB if copying the recovery partition) in size, then do either step 2 or 3 below."

src: http://www.eightforums.com/tutorials/5132-recovery-drive-create-usb-flash-drive-windows-8-a.html
ref: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-IN/windows-8/create-usb-recovery-drive
Since you wont be getting a 256mb storage device, thats out of question. Buy a flash drive of 4gb or more... For testing, insert a 4gb flash drive, which is available in plenty, and let windows determine if its enough unless you wish to copy the entire recovery partition..
Blueray discs need specific drives to handle it. Normal CD/DVD drives will not read it. Even if you have a bluray player/drive, windows will not support it completely. You will need drivers/software like cyberlink powerdvd for it.

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Posted 27 March 2015 - 02:51 PM

The recovery partition used to create the recovery disk is between 3 and 6 GB.  This means that you will want a flash drive with the capacity of 6GB.


Now... what the heck is BDR.  There are some interesting results when you Google this, some of it can even be shared in mixed company. :blink:

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