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Does Windows 10 USB Recovery Drive Require That a Recovery Partition Exist?

    Question

  • If a Windows 10 Boot drive does not have a Recovery Partition, does the following process still work?

    https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/4026852/windows-create-a-recovery-drive 

    i.e. Can you create a Windows 10 USB Recovery Drive without a pre-existing Recovery Partition?

    Thank you in advance.

    Friday, March 09, 2018 12:35 AM

Answers

  • If the recovery partition does not exist on the boot hard drive, the process specified at Create a recovery drive does not work.

    Therefore, it appears a Recovery Partition is necessary to automatically create a Recovery DVD or USB drive.


    • Edited by petrula Saturday, March 24, 2018 6:31 PM
    • Marked as answer by petrula Saturday, March 24, 2018 6:32 PM
    Saturday, March 24, 2018 6:31 PM

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  •   The USB drive can be blank. Even if it has something on it, it will be formatted.

       You already have a recovery partition on your HDD. It is created when Windows 10 is installed.


    Bill

    Friday, March 09, 2018 3:56 AM
  • This particular Windows 10 Boot drive no longer has a Recovery Partition. Can I still create a USB Recovery Drive? Can it still get the components it needs from the Boot partition without having the Recovery Partition.

    Thank for for the feedback.

    Friday, March 09, 2018 6:00 AM
  •   I have no idea. How did you "lose" a recovery partition?


    Bill

    Friday, March 09, 2018 6:56 AM
  • Hi,

    Actually, the recovery partition is not required if you are going to create a recovery drive.

    To boot into Window recovery environment, you need a winre iso, which is not stored in recovery partition. You can also create an recovery drive by yourself if you have the iso image.


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    Monday, March 12, 2018 7:59 AM
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    Friday, March 16, 2018 9:49 AM
  • If the recovery partition does not exist on the boot hard drive, the process specified at Create a recovery drive does not work.

    Therefore, it appears a Recovery Partition is necessary to automatically create a Recovery DVD or USB drive.


    • Edited by petrula Saturday, March 24, 2018 6:31 PM
    • Marked as answer by petrula Saturday, March 24, 2018 6:32 PM
    Saturday, March 24, 2018 6:31 PM