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12-04-2016 11:52 AM
\D: drive already has Recovery Partition, but it only mentions Windows Push Button Reset and HP Image Recovery.
Do I still need to run the create HP Recovery Media programme?
If so, what size USB pen do I need?
12-04-2016 12:08 PM
Allow me to welcome you to the HP forums!
The Recovery Media comes in useful when your hard drive has become corrupted and you are unable to boot into the HP Recovery Function (using F11) to repair it, or if your hard drive crashes and you need to restore the PC setup to a new drive.
As to the space needed, since I have learned the hard way NOT to rely on built-in Recovery systems, my guess would be that you need a USB stick that is large enough to hold the USED space on your drive.
But, I don't use HP Recovery Media, so I can't tell you for sure.
What I use is a third-party utility 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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12-15-2016 12:44 PM
I contacted HP technical support direct who told me that 16GB would be enough.
When I started the Create Recovery Media process, laptop suggested a USB pen with a minimum of 12GB and maximum of 32GB.
I used a 32 GB pen. No problems. All done.