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Recommendations for USB Drives to use for restore image?

Diamonique 3,973 1,111 February 28, 2016 at 04:53 PM
I feel stupid asking this but here I go anyway...

I just purchased my first laptop without a DVD drive so I need to make a restore image with a USB drive and am not sure how. I see Dell has instructions listed on their site though. What I need is recommendations for good USB drives that are priced well and can be used to make a Windows restore image without much trouble. I hope I made sense. I'm not a computer dummy just new to doing backups on things like USB drives.

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When you say restore do you mean just windows? If so you'll only need about 16 (maybe 8) gb flash drive. If you're talking backing up the whole computer that's another beast.

All computers these days come with a Windows restore built into the computer. If you go to My Computer you should see a recovery drive it's usually the D drive.
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Just Windows not the whole computer. I just got a Dell laptop and it came with a USB stick that says it's Windows 10 Recovery Media but there's no instructions with it and I'm having trouble finding out how to use it by Googling. It's making me feel so stupid.
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The stick they gave you has the Windows 10 recovery on it - there's nothing you need to do except store it in a safe place until you need it. If and when you need it, you will restart your computer with the USB stick inserted and tap F12 to get to the boot options screen. From there you can tell the system to boot to the USB stick and access the recovery options, which will include the Recovery Console (things like System Restore and command prompt) or the option to install a fresh copy of Windows 10.

My experience with the Dell USB media is that it's locked in certain ways so you can't just easily wipe out the Windows 10 stuff and reuse the USB drive for your own purposes. So just set it aside, hope you don't ever have to use it, but know it's there if you do. And if that time comes you can post to ask for help then!
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Personally I don't bother - all you need is a generic windows install on a flash drive + possibly a few drivers, and that can be prepared if needed with pretty much any flash drive that's 8gb or more and a working computer
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Quote from Diamonique View Post :
Just Windows not the whole computer. I just got a Dell laptop and it came with a USB stick that says it's Windows 10 Recovery Media but there's no instructions with it and I'm having trouble finding out how to use it by Googling. It's making me feel so stupid.

Chances are the recovery image is on that USB stick. Normal recovery follows the process of plugging the drive into the computer, hitting a boot option key at computer boot that allows you to boot the USB drive instead of the hard drive thus loading the contents of the USB drive.

Here's a quick video which may be similar to what you have http://www.dell.com/learn/us/en/2...s8-en.aspx


To access your boot options you hit F12 when the computer is first turned on until you see the BOOT OPTIONS menu which will let you select the device to boot to first.

If they sent you media with the laptop, chances are you do not need to make your own recovery.
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