Windows 10: Is it safe to write additional files to Windows 10 Recovery Drive USB?

Discus and support Is it safe to write additional files to Windows 10 Recovery Drive USB? in Windows 10 Installation and Upgrade to solve the problem; My 32GB recovery thumb drive has about 23GB free after creating a Windows 10 recovery drive. Can I write additional files onto this "Healthy (Active,... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Installation and Upgrade' started by Bldrgamer, Dec 6, 2018.

  1. Bldrgamer Win User

    Is it safe to write additional files to Windows 10 Recovery Drive USB?


    My 32GB recovery thumb drive has about 23GB free after creating a Windows 10 recovery drive. Can I write additional files onto this "Healthy (Active, Primary Partition)" without compromising its use for recovery? Seems like an obvious yes, but wanted to ask the community just to be sure.

    :)
     
    Bldrgamer, Dec 6, 2018
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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, Dec 6, 2018
    #2
  3. Nikhar_K Win User
    USB Recovery

    Hi Janie,

    Thank you for writing to Microsoft Community Forums.

    Please reply to the following questions to get a better understanding on the issue:

    • Are you getting any error message?
    • How are you creating the recovery USB?

    However, you can follow the steps from Create a recovery drive
    to create a recovery drive.

    Hope it helps.

    Nikhar Khare

    Microsoft Community – Moderator
     
    Nikhar_K, Dec 6, 2018
    #3
  4. Lazzer408 Win User

    Is it safe to write additional files to Windows 10 Recovery Drive USB?

    help. USB drive isn't assigned a drive letter.

    Any usb flash drive I plug into my computer isn't assigned a drive letter. The physical drive shows in the "safely remove hardware" but it doesnt show up in disk management. I have tried to populate the volume thru the safely remove hardware properties window and it does pop up in the list but it doesn't stay there. This isn't a format or assign a letter problem. It's more complicated then that. Maybe one of the services needed for usb drive management was disabled? Suggestions needed. btw external usb harddrives work fine.
     
    Lazzer408, Dec 6, 2018
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