Windows 7 Forums
Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.


Windows 7: using usb as a recovery disk

06 Sep 2017   #1
alaninline

windows home premium 64
 
 
using usb as a recovery disk

I have been following the instructions i found on this site but when i type "cd c:\recovery" I get the message the system cannot find the path specified.

Thanks


My System SpecsSystem Spec
.
06 Sep 2017   #2
samuria

win 8 32 bit
 
 

Welcome to the forum it's two cmds

C:
Cd\recovery
My System SpecsSystem Spec
06 Sep 2017   #3
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Hi,
You're better off using macrium reflect free for the winpe usb recovery media and also to create a real system image too
Imaging with free Macrium - Windows 7 Help Forums

Backup and Restore with Macrium Reflect Windows 10 Backup Restore Tutorials
My System SpecsSystem Spec
.

06 Sep 2017   #4
alaninline

windows home premium 64
 
 
using usb

Thank you both for your replies.

Perhaps I need to tell the whole story. My current hard disk has a fault and I need to change it. I have already purchased a new disk and am going to try and install it following the instructions given in Microsoft Community (answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_7-windows_install/how-to-transfer-windows-7-to-a-new-hard-drive/d36881a5-1a9d-41ce-aa5f-419a50cd8d83?auth=1).

I have backed up my current system image to an external hard drive and only need a recovery disk. Since the DVD drive on my laptop is no longer working I am trying to use a USB instead. I have found several web pages giving me instructions how I can do that, but all of them instruct me to find a file (C:Recovery486aab42-cf02-11de-be22-c44fb1debe9dwinre.wim) on C: recovery. I am unable to find any folder on my computer named "recovery". I have unchecked "hide protected system files".

Thank you for any advice.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
06 Sep 2017   #5
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Hi,
Unless the drive is already dead you'd be wise to start over with free macrium reflect which is tried and true to work :)
I've never had any success with windows images or recovery.
Good luck
Cheers.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
11 Sep 2017   #6
alaninline

windows home premium 64
 
 

Thanks Thrash

I have downloaded M Reflec. But when I try to clone my hard disk I get this message:
macrium reflect read failed - 22 - invalid argument - 32.

I have tried to get help with this and read several articles, but unfortunately my tech knowhow is, well, beginners. Any help or suggestions you can offer, much appreciated.

Thanks

alan
My System SpecsSystem Spec
11 Sep 2017   #7
mrjimphelps

Linux Mint 18.2 xfce 64-bit (VMWare host) / Windows 8.1 Pro 32-bit (VMWare guest)
 
 

Use Macrium to make an image backup, not a clone backup. A clone backup will likely contain any errors that currently exist on the disk.

And be sure to make an emergency recovery disk to a flash drive. And make sure that the USB drivers are installed to the recovery disk. (I'm sure that they will be, since your recovery disk will be a flash drive; but I'd double-check just to make sure.)

Once you have done both of those, you should be able to successfully install the new drive, boot from the flash drive into Macrium, and do a restore of your Macrium image.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
11 Sep 2017   #8
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

HI,
Yes I agree make a system image not a clone
If you made the winpe recovery cd or flash drive you can create an image after restarting and booting to it
Create another partition on the older hard drive hopefully it will fit.
Afterwards connect the new hdd with the same sata cable the old one is in
Connect the older one using usb or another sata port
Restart and boot to the recovery media and point reflect to the image you created and then point it to the new drive.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
12 Sep 2017   #9
alaninline

windows home premium 64
 
 

Thank you both for your advice.

In the end I was able to make a DVD copy of the reflect recovery disk, and an image backup to an external hard disk. (At the same time I made a windows 7 recovery disk to a DVD and a system image to another external hard)

After installing my new internal hard, I was unable to boot the computer using the reflect recovery disk and so used the windows 7 recovery disk and system image.

I won't say it went smoothly, but it's certainly seems to have done the job.

Any ideas why the reflect recovery disk was not seen by my computer, (dell inspirion 5100)?

Anyway, thank you very much for your time and assistance.

alan
My System SpecsSystem Spec
12 Sep 2017   #10
RolandJS

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

"...Any ideas why the reflect recovery disk was not seen by my computer..."
My computers now and then fail to recognize either a USB or a DVD boot, I make both a USB and a DVD boot, so when one fails for some reason, the other item usually works.
And, I also have no idea why a USB or DVD doesn't boot now and then.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
Reply

 using usb as a recovery disk




Thread Tools




Similar help and support threads
Thread Forum
Recovery disk from recovery partition?
I recently restored the operating system for my sister's Dell Latitude, It had become very, very slow, and so I would have expected that it would be a lot faster. Not so. It crawls, and I can't figure out why. What I'd like to do is a clean install, but I don't want to reformat the C drive...
Installation & Setup
How to recovery registry from formatted disk? not recovery files
I know how to recovery files, that is using software Ontrack EasyRecovery, Stellar Phoenix Windows Data Recovery, iCare Format Recovery, etc but i need to recovery an info that is in registry, from formatted disk what software or how to do this? *old os is windows xp, that i wanted to get...
Software
Unbootable after changing to dynamic disk. Win recovery can't see disk
Hey. I wanted to do a software RAID1 to my current Windows 7 system disk. I saw a few tutorials and guides were this had been done. I converted my present system disk (2 data partitions + system recovery partition + small boot partition?) into a dynamic disk. I was not able to mirror the disk...
Installation & Setup
Complete wrong Windows recovery disk and driver disk sent by lenovo!
I recently had to reinstall a windows 7 recovery disk and recovery driver disks that were sent to me from Lenovo support saying my warranty was good until 2015 sometime. Any way little did I know that I was in the think pad department and I have an idea pad Y570 0862 any way I explained to them in...
General Discussion
Disk read error and recovery disk not working?
Hi, I have a toshiba satellite C650 that has recently come up with a disk read error. I want to access the command prompt to try some potential solutions that I have read about on the internet. I have made a Windows 7 recovery disk using my other acer laptop which also has Windows 7 installed. When...
General Discussion


Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 16:34.
Twitter Facebook Google+