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Recovery media type and time


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#1 bcmo

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Posted 11 June 2017 - 09:57 AM

Hi, I have two questions about creating a Windows 10 recovery disc:
1) Is there any reason why it would need to be done as early as possible after opening a new computer for the first time, or can it be saved for a more convenient time (like after installing all of the Windows updates, uninstalling bloatware, and tweaking various Windows settings to the desired state)?
2) Will it work just as good on a SD (or Micro SD) card, or is there a advantage in doing it with a USB?

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Posted 11 June 2017 - 11:21 AM

Creating a recovery disc is something which you should do fairly soon.  If there is a severe problem which causes corruption on a level that doing a Reset will not resolve it you would want to have the recovery disc.  On the other hand, you can use Microsoft's Media Creation Tool to download a ISO file which can be used to create installation media.  You will want to make sure that the version you download is the same as what you have on this computer.

 

If this is a new computer it is going to take time for you to add programs that you want and need, but you shouldn't have so many personal files at this point that you can't do a Reset.  A Reset will basically reinstall the operating system, but... it gives you the option to keep your personal files.  It will uninstall all of the third party programs though.

 

Once you have your computer set the way you want it this is when you should start Thinking about creating a cloned copy of everything on your ssd/hdd.  One of the popular programs here at Bleeping Computer is Macrium Reflect.


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Posted 11 June 2017 - 12:13 PM

So to be clear, you're answering question #1 as being able to do it whenever convenient and not necessarily before all the updates are installed and bloatware removed.

What about the media being used, is an SD card just as good as a USB for this?



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Posted 11 June 2017 - 12:26 PM

My point was that you can make a recovery disc anytime you want to.  But the chances that you will need it with a new computer this would be unusual.

 

You can use whatever media you would like, to an extent.  Both the SD and a flash drive have a capacity of 128GB.  But most computer come with a number of USB ports, a lot of OEM computer, including laptops don't incorporate a SD.


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Posted 11 June 2017 - 01:12 PM

If a computer needs to reinstall the OS from a recovery disc, it could do so from SD card just as good as from a USB or CD?



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Posted 11 June 2017 - 01:39 PM

Google is your friend.

 

Differences Between USB Flash Drive vs. SD Cards - Premium USB


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Posted 13 June 2017 - 02:29 PM

SD cards are much slower than USB drives.






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