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size required for flash drive windows 10 recovery media

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The recovery media I made for the windows 7 machines are on DVD.  I need to make a copy of Windows 10 in the event I have a hard drive failure on new laptop.  I can find the procedure, it just does not state what size USB drive to use to make the backup.  Windows 10 home.  Whatever I make he has to be able to reload windows 10 in the event of a hard drive replacement.  Thanks

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size required for flash drive windows 10 recovery media

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I would certainly not trust the Microsoft recovery drive function -- as I have seen far too many posts on community Win10 forums where folks found those unreliable.

 

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!


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