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 I need help making a recovery on a USB drive. This was a windows 7 OS . I upgraded to windows10. 

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@MikeS1979 

Let's talk about options, first.

 

Your PC came with Win7, so any Recovery files would be for Win7 only.  But when you Upgraded to Win10, that corrupted those files in the process.  So, even if the Recovery partition is still there, an attempted recover now will fail.

 

Same is true of trying to make Recovery Media with the HP utility -- that relies on the Recovery partition, so even if it did run (which it probably would not), the resulting media would not work.

 

Microsoft offers the option in Win10 to create recovery "drive" -- but that only saves the Windows System stuff.  Your settings, files, and applications would not be saved, nor restored.

 

So, you need to strongly consider using a third-party product to make recovery media -- which would, of course, be of your current Win10 installation.

 

My suggestion is you consider using a third-party solution known as Macrium Reflect (MR).

I prefer to use third-party recovery solutions for the following reasons:
1) More flexibility and reliabilty -- can make recovery media as often as you like, not restricted to one attempt, which if it fails, then you are stuck.
2) More media options -- can create media in DVD, USB stick, or external drive format
3) Mounting option -- can "mount" the save images as virtual "drives" and extract individual files and folders
4) WinPE boot option -- can install a special boot option that allows you to boot to recovery information and do a repair or restore from there -- when Windows will not boot

What I recommend is the following:
1) Download and install Macrium Reflect (MR) from here: http://www.macrium.com/reflectfree.aspx
2) Run MR and choose the option: "Create an image of the partition(s) required to backup and restore Windows" to write a full backup to an external drive, USB stick, or DVDs
3) Use the option to create a boot USB stick or CD

My experience is that MR, when using the High Compression option, typically can compress the saved image file to about 50% of the USED space in the OS partition. This means if you have an 80GB OS partition, and 40GB is used, MR only needs about 20GB to store the image file.

I use this all the time and it typically takes less than 15 minutes to do the image backup and about the same time or less to do a restore. Plus, MR has the option to Add a Recovery Boot Menu entry. This allows you then to boot into WinPE, and you can then use that to do a restore -- when you can't boot into Windows!

NOW, you have the means to restore a full working system from the external drive, USB stick or DVDs in only a few minutes.

Good Luck

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WAWood
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@MikeS1979 

Let's talk about options, first.

 

Your PC came with Win7, so any Recovery files would be for Win7 only.  But when you Upgraded to Win10, that corrupted those files in the process.  So, even if the Recovery partition is still there, an attempted recover now will fail.

 

Same is true of trying to make Recovery Media with the HP utility -- that relies on the Recovery partition, so even if it did run (which it probably would not), the resulting media would not work.

 

Microsoft offers the option in Win10 to create recovery "drive" -- but that only saves the Windows System stuff.  Your settings, files, and applications would not be saved, nor restored.

 

So, you need to strongly consider using a third-party product to make recovery media -- which would, of course, be of your current Win10 installation.

 

My suggestion is you consider using a third-party solution known as Macrium Reflect (MR).

I prefer to use third-party recovery solutions for the following reasons:
1) More flexibility and reliabilty -- can make recovery media as often as you like, not restricted to one attempt, which if it fails, then you are stuck.
2) More media options -- can create media in DVD, USB stick, or external drive format
3) Mounting option -- can "mount" the save images as virtual "drives" and extract individual files and folders
4) WinPE boot option -- can install a special boot option that allows you to boot to recovery information and do a repair or restore from there -- when Windows will not boot

What I recommend is the following:
1) Download and install Macrium Reflect (MR) from here: http://www.macrium.com/reflectfree.aspx
2) Run MR and choose the option: "Create an image of the partition(s) required to backup and restore Windows" to write a full backup to an external drive, USB stick, or DVDs
3) Use the option to create a boot USB stick or CD

My experience is that MR, when using the High Compression option, typically can compress the saved image file to about 50% of the USED space in the OS partition. This means if you have an 80GB OS partition, and 40GB is used, MR only needs about 20GB to store the image file.

I use this all the time and it typically takes less than 15 minutes to do the image backup and about the same time or less to do a restore. Plus, MR has the option to Add a Recovery Boot Menu entry. This allows you then to boot into WinPE, and you can then use that to do a restore -- when you can't boot into Windows!

NOW, you have the means to restore a full working system from the external drive, USB stick or DVDs in only a few minutes.

Good Luck

***If my post helped, click the thumbs-up symbol to say thanks***

***Please mark Accept As Solution if my post solved your problem***

I am a volunteer and I do not work for, nor represent, HP

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Thanks for your advice 

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