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I want to create a system recovery using my Seagate external drive

HP ENVY 17-j020us Quad Edition
Microsoft Windows 10 (64-bit)

I want to create a system recovery using my Seagate external drive.  I launched the create system recovery.  It gives me 3 choices for storage -- a flash drive, dvd and something else, but NOT an external drive.  The wheel just keeps spinning and spinning and spinning waiting for me to put a flash drive or dvd into the USB port.  Why can't I use the Seagate external drive???

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I want to create a system recovery using my Seagate external drive

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Hello;

Allow me to welcome you to the HP forums!

 

Why? Because, it's not designed to do that.

 

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.


Good Luck

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