Windows 10: Can't use Windows 10 recovery USB drive

Discus and support Can't use Windows 10 recovery USB drive in Windows 10 Installation and Upgrade to solve the problem; My HP laptop with Windows 10 Home wouldn't boot into windows or repair itself or do a system restore. The only thing it would do is let me create a... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Installation and Upgrade' started by kechristen, Nov 8, 2019.

  1. Can't use Windows 10 recovery USB drive


    My HP laptop with Windows 10 Home wouldn't boot into windows or repair itself or do a system restore. The only thing it would do is let me create a recovery USB to restore my files, settings, etc. So, I chose that option from the boot menu and it supposedly successfully created this USB recovery flash drive.

    I then reinstalled windows from the resintall E: partition on the laptop which worked fine. Now I want to restore my files and settings that I already backed up to the USB flash drive and I don't know how to proceed. Nothing seems to work. I cannot boot from this USB drive, if I try to access it from within my installl of Windows 10 by clicking on the 'Restore' icon on the USB drive, it starts the backup process asking me what I want to backup and tries to use the USB drive which already has the backup for that purpose. If I try to do it by going to Windows settings and then Update & Recovery it also just tries to start a backup and asks me where I want to put it.

    How do I get my new install of Windows 10 to recognize and use this existing backup? Failing that, how do I manually access those files which now appear to be a series of 310 swm files inside a FBData folder on the USB drive?

    :)
     
    kechristen, Nov 8, 2019
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  2. Recovery Drive for Windows 10 Doesn't Recognize USB Drive

    When I try to create a Recovery Drive in Windows 10, Windows doesn't recognize the flash drive.

    I'm following the instructions to create a Recovery Drive listed here:

    http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-10/create-a-recovery-drive


    • From the taskbar, search for Create a recovery drive and then select it. You might be asked to enter an admin password or confirm your choice. (I was asked to confirm my choice, and I clicked "Yes".)

    • When the tool opens, make sure Back up system files to the recovery drive is selected and then select
      Next.

    • (Secret Step) Wait a minute or so for the "Please Wait" screen to finish thinking

    • Connect a USB drive to your PC, select it ...
    The issue is that when I connect a USB drive to the PC, it doesn't appear on the "Connect a USB flash drive" screen as a drive that can be selected, and the "Next" button is grayed out.

    However, when I look in File Explorer, I can see the USB drive plugged into the computer. Selecting Properties shows that Windows considers its Type to be "Removable Disk". (Sounds right to me.)

    I'm not getting any error messages.

    My environment:

    A brand new Toshiba Sattelite C55-C5241 laptop with Windows 10 Home. It's never had anything other than Windows 10 on it - unless they upgraded it at the factory.

    A brand new ativa 8GB USB flash drive. Note that the packaging for the USB drive does not include Windows 10 in the System Requirements, but seriously?

    What I've tried:

    • Plugging the flash drive into all three USB ports (USB 2, USB 2, and USB 3)
    • Reformatting the flash drive with FAT32
    • Restarting the computer with the flash drive plugged in
    • Turning off Real-Time Scanning in McAffee

    I've seen a few threads with this issue in Windows 8, but none of the potential solutions in those threads have worked for me. So here I am asking the same question, but for Windows 10.

    Does anyone have any suggestions for resolving this issue?

    Thank you.
     
    Ambisinister, Nov 8, 2019
    #2
  3. Bree Win User
    Windows 10 recovery USB - which size???

    Not even that. What creating a recovery drive does (if you select 'include system files') is to construct the files required to clean install Windows. If this is made on an OEM install these file will include the OEM custom apps and drivers - effectively a 'factory reset' drive. It is extracting an install image from your existing system files that takes the time.

    The steps in making a recovery drive are shown in this tutorial...

    Create Recovery Drive in Windows 10 | Tutorials


    • first you choose whether or not to include system files (step 5 in tutorial)
    • next the recovery drive files are constructed (this can take a long time if you include system files)
    • only after that is complete will you be asked which usb to use (step 6 in tutorial). At this point you will be told how large a usb you need.

    Without system files 512 Mb is sufficient. Including system files it will be just over 4GB.


    At which step did you get the error? If you were not asked which usb to use then it was the construction of the system files that failed, nothing to do with what usb you had.
     
    Bree, Nov 8, 2019
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  4. Can't use Windows 10 recovery USB drive

    windows 10 recovery usb disk drive

    hi . all

    i was create usb recovery disk drive with windows 10 update 1803 ,

    i want to know steps to recover system using usb disk drive , to this update vision .

    please , in step like that

    1- put usb recovery disk drive on computer usb

    2-

    3-

    4-

    thanks , regards,
     
    ahmedallamBW, Nov 8, 2019
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