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    How to verify that a Windows 10 recovery disk is good?

    My topic asks my question. With a back up you can (generally) either run a verify, or at the least spot check files. How do I make certain that the freshly minted Recovery Drives are any good?

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    Duane,

    You can partially verify its usability by booting from it and then backing out so you at least know that it will Boot your machine.

    The only way to fully verify its integrity is to do an install from it. You could attempt this in one of two ways:

    1. Get a blank drive and install it in your machine and go to it.
    2. Image your current drive to a backup device then try the install. Once verified you can then restore the image backup. Of course this assumes you have already verified the restore device for your imaging software of choice.


    Obviously, method No. 1 is the safest and drives are relatively cheap especially compared with the time necessary to rebuild a machine from scratch.

    I usually keep a recovery drive handy for easy fixes but my main line of defense is image backups made with Macrium Reflect Premium (the free is just fine too). I have several verified Macrium Boot Devices and I also keep several generations of images (belt and suspenders kind of guy).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Duane_in_COS View Post
    My topic asks my question. With a back up you can (generally) either run a verify, or at the least spot check files. How do I make certain that the freshly minted Recovery Drives are any good?

    Duane.
    Use it. From time to time I run a full restore from a fresh drive image. There is no other way to make certain that they are good. RG's suggestion of restoring to a spare drive is one way of doing that without risking your setup.
    Create a fresh drive image before making system changes, in case you need to start over!

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