12-25-2016 10:08 AM
hii,i recently purchased hp envy laptop and i want to copy the recovery to my external hardrive so that i can use it to recovery if my system fails.how to do it ??
12-25-2016 10:47 AM
Copying Recovery to an external USB hdd rarely works since it is not bootable. If you use HP Recovery Manager for the task it also will format the entire hdd erasing any other files you have on it.
I suggest using the instructions here for creating Recovery Media. It can be created on DVD or USB Flash drive.
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12-25-2016 11:35 AM
If you are determined to use an external drive for restore, then I strongly suggest using a third-party tool known as Macrium Reflect.
I personally prefer to use third-party Recovery solutions as they tend to be both more flexible and more reliable than any built-in solutions.
Macrium Reflect (MR) provides a FREE version that can be used to image and restore partitions or entire drives: http://www.macrium.com/reflectfree.aspx
What I recommend is the following:
1) Download and install Macrium Reflect (MR)
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 or USB stick
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 10 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 WinRE, 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 or USB stick in only a few minutes.
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