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    Problems in making a Recovery Drive

    I am trying to create a Recovery drive for my PC. I have Win 8.1 with the latest Update. I have a completely empty 2 GB USB flash drive.

    When I go to Control Panel/Recovery/Create A Recovery Drive, I get a dialogue box telling me to connect a flash drive which I do. Despite the drive being 'recognised' by the PC, the 'next' box remains greyed out.

    Huh? The fact that it's a USB 3.0 socket and the flash drive is USB 2.0, shouldn't make any difference so why is the 'next' box staying greyed out? Has anyone else experienced this problem?

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    How big does Windows tell you the drive needs to be?

    Joe

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    From Microsoft:

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    The checkbox is greyed out when your PC doesn’t have a recovery partition. The recovery drive will include only the recovery tools and a bootable image, but not a recovery image to use for refreshing or resetting your PC.

    Could this be the problem?
    Rich

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    Ooooppss, Rich. I do not have a recovery partition and my "Next" was not greyed out, I did make a recovery USB key. Gotta to be doing something right ! Jean.

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    It says 256MB but the smallest drive you can buy these days is 2GB!

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    Does the drive have any sort of a write protect switch?

    BTW, completely empty? Is it formatted isn't it?

    Joe

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    If all you are doing is trying to create a simple recovery USB stick (System Recovery Options) then you'll need to;
    Uncheck the 'Copy Recovery Drive' box, then proceed.



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    Out of curiosity I tried this....when I first attempted it I didn't see an option to select a usb stick, that's because I did not insert one. So I closed it, this time I inserted the usb 2 Gb first and started the process over. This time I saw my usb drive, selected it and it's creating it, right now as I'm typing this. Working just fine for me.

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