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02-17-2017 08:47 AM
I have an old (2013) HP-8760W with, now after the "forced" update, runs Windows 10 Pro.
I try to make a recovery/boot USB-disk, using the system tools in Windows, But this failes after starting to copy. It givs a non informative error message, only saying "can's create....".
Yes the USB is large enough.
How do I make something that will be possible to boot from in the case that my PC fail to boot from system SSD ?
02-17-2017 11:05 AM
Allow me to welcome you to the HP forums!
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 or DVDs stick in only a few minutes.
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02-17-2017 12:03 PM
> But this fails after starting to copy.
> It gives a non informative error message, only saying "can't create....".
> Yes the USB is large enough.
Do you have enough "free" space on your 'C:' disk-drive for the utility to create a large "temporary" file ?
It's that file that is copied to the USB memory-stick, and then deleted.
02-21-2017 01:28 AM
> I have an old (2013) HP-8760W with, now after the "forced" update, runs Windows 10 Pro.
> I try to make a recovery/boot USB-disk, using the system tools in Windows,
> But this fails after starting to copy. It gives a non-informative error message, only saying "can's create....".
I wonder if that "make a recovery/boot" application was migrated into Windows 10 from your previous version of Windows (7? 8? 8.1?) In that case, even if it were successful, it would not create a "System Recovery Set" for Windows 10 -- it would create a "set" for the earlier version, which presumably is not what you want.
to download Windows 10, and write it either to a USB memory-stick, or a few DVD-recordable disks.
This "set" can be used to reinstall Windows 10, without needing to enter the 25-character product-key.