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My HP Notebook has been nagging me to "create recovery media". I decided to try it today.  How much of a problem have I created by trying to use an external hard drive instead of a usb flashdrive? It has been working at it for over an hour and now that I have read more believe this is going to fail.

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Well the Recovery Manager is not going to like the external drive because the Recovery media needs to be in a form the PC can boot to.  Either DVD or USB flash drives are supported.  If it does support an external drive, I am not aware of that working.

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If you really want to use an external drive for recovery (I do this all the time!) then there is a working alternative ...

 

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

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.

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, 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 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 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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