Windows 10: Unable to create a recovery drive with Windows 10

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  1. bhehmann Win User

    Unable to create a recovery drive with Windows 10


    Good day.


    I'm trying to create a recovery drive on a USB memory stick. Even though I have a fully formatted 16 GB USB memory stick, it fails, citing:

    "The drive must be able to hold at least 8 GB, and everything on the drive will be deleted."

    And then there is no other choice than cancelling the operation.

    Why is this happening and how can this be fixed?


    Btw, my PC is running on a licensed installation of Windows 10 Pro 64-bit 10.0, Build 19041


    Regards,

    Bjoern

    :)
     
    bhehmann, Dec 1, 2020
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  2. Unable to create a recovery drive on Windows 10

    Hello Mike,

    As you are unable to create a system recovery drive on your operating system we will help you with this issue.

    Do let us know the following to assist you better with this issue:

    • Have you installed any third-party anti-virus software on your device?
    • For how long time does the process stuck with loading circle?
    • Were you able to see any error code/ error message with this issue?

    Try few of the below troubleshooting steps and check if it helps.

    Step 1: Disable the third-party anti-virus software and try to create a recovery drive.

    NOTE: Antivirus software can help protect your computer against viruses and other security threats. In most cases, you shouldn't disable your antivirus software. If you
    have to temporarily disable it to install other software, you should re-enable it as soon as you're done. If you're connected to the Internet or a network while your antivirus software is disabled, your computer is vulnerable to attacks.

    If the issue still persists, I suggest you to uninstall the third-party anti-virus software.

    Step 2: Follow the below steps to create a recovery drive on your device.

    A recovery drive can help you troubleshoot and fix problems with your PC, even if it won't start. To create one, all you need is a USB drive.

    Follow:

    • From the taskbar, search for Create a recovery drive then select it. You might be asked to enter an admin password or confirm your choice.
    • When the tool opens, make sure Back up system files to the recovery drive is selected, then select
      Next.
    • Connect a USB drive to your PC, select it, then select Next > Create. A lot of files need to be copied to the recovery drive, so this might take a while.
    • When it's finished, you might see a Delete the recovery partition from your PC link on the final screen. If you want to free up drive space on your PC, select the link, then select
      Delete. If not, select Finish.

    Reference: Create a recovery drive

    Hope it helps. Get back to us with an updated status of this issue and required information for further assistance.

    Thank you.
     
    Deepika Gowda, Dec 1, 2020
    #2
  3. Unable to create a recovery drive on Windows 10

    Hi

    Thanks for trying! did turn off Avast, no change; got rid of Avast and cleaned the registry, no change.

    There are no error messages, the 'create a recovery drive' procedure appears to enter an endless loop as it searches for available drives.

    I also have a carousel of screen backgrounds - when the background changes some processes reset (during a file renaming, or, from the middle of a large group of files to the first file in the folder)

    Sometimes I lose the availability of the bottom toolbar and need to restart Windows Explorer by using task manager.

    Are these in any way related? my update was not clean enough? I should reinstall Windows10?

    Cheers
     
    MikeWatters, Dec 1, 2020
    #3
  4. Unable to create a recovery drive with Windows 10

    Help! Failure trying to create a recovery drive in Windows 10

    Hi,

    Thank you for posting in Microsoft Community, we appreciate your interest in Windows 10.

    I understand the inconvenience caused to you while creating the recovery drive on Widows 10 with error: "We can't create the recovery drive. A problem occurred while creating the recovery drive.", we will help you with this issue.

    This issue might have occurred because of the recovery partition is not created during Windows setup, and will be unavailable for Windows to access and use for the purposes of copying recovery files to a CD or USB, resulting in the error above.

    To fix the problem explained above, it is necessary to copy the appropriate files from the Windows 10 DVD to your PC, so that Windows can access and use them to create the recovery drive. Then, the recovery agent is configured with the new path to the setup
    files and the creation can proceed.

    Refer: How
    to download official Windows 10 ISO files


    Follow the below steps:

    • Copy the contents of the Windows DVD to a folder on your C:\ drive.
    • Launch an elevated command prompt window by typing in “cmd” in the search menu, and then pressing + + .
    • Type in the following to re-configure Windows to point to the correct setup files location:
    • reagentc /disable
    • reagentc /setosimage /path C:\Win10\
    • reagentc /enable
    4. Verify the commands worked by typing in the following:

    • reagentc /info

    Later, I suggest you to try creating the recovery drive as suggested in the Microsoft article and check if it helps.

    Creating a recovery drive

    Hope it helps. Reply to the post with an updated status of this issue for further assistance.
     
    Deepika Gowda, Dec 1, 2020
    #4
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