Solved Create recovery USB drive

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August 28, 2018 at 11:00:12
Specs: Windows 8.1, 8GB
How do I create a recovery USB stick with just recovery folder.....?

Hi All, I am trying to fix my niece's laptop with a dead hard disk. I can't get it boot in normal nor safe mode. Windows automatic repair takes forever. However, I tried to access the hard disk via an Hdd enclosure and manage to retrieve it's recovery folder. I just ordered a new hard disk and it's on the way now. My problem is, can I create a USB recovery disk with just the recover folder available? If yes, how to?

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August 28, 2018 at 20:55:23
On another computer download and create a Windows 8.1 install disk:
https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/sof...

Then reinstall the drive in the computer, then boot to the install disk and choose Repair option. You should be able to do a Start Up Repair, a System Restore, and a full Repair Install from there.
Since you were able to get info off the drive then it is probably not dead or very close to it but probably has a corrupted boot sector and possibly other damage to the system.
Once it is up and running, run Malware scans and antivirus scans to make sure that the cause is not an infection. Malwarebytes and ADWcleaner by Malwarebytes as well as your antivirus scan after is what I would recommend to start. If anything is found, please copy/paste the logs from these in a reply for review and of course delete anything found.
Once the system is running properly, if you still feel that you need to or want to change out the drive, you can clone the first one to the new one or you can back up the personal files, reinstall clean from the install disk, activate it from your Windows sticker, and replace the personal files and reinstall the programs.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.



#1
August 28, 2018 at 12:24:12
Is it a hard disk which doesn't work, if yes then how are you able to recover files and what do you actually want to do with your USB..I can't get your idea...or altest the purpose

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August 28, 2018 at 13:30:10
If the HDD was truly dead, you wouldn't have been able to retrieve any data from it. Please post the make/model of the laptop. Explain what the problem is (locking up, blue screen, random reboots, etc) & how you attempted to fix it; the more detail you provide, the better.

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August 28, 2018 at 15:57:56
Hi, thanks for the reply. Sorry for the confusion, my bad. The system will always stuck during boot up. A windows message will shows that it is trying to do some repair, and that repair will stay for hours until I give up. So it should be half dead? Next, I extract the hard disk from the laptop, attached it to a hard disk enclosure and plug into another working system trying to savage some data. But was denied access due to some permission. However, I saw a recovery folder and believe it is the system recovery which, I can do a recovery within windows(if it is bootable).

Btw, it's a HP laptop model G4-2201TX.


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August 28, 2018 at 20:55:23
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On another computer download and create a Windows 8.1 install disk:
https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/sof...

Then reinstall the drive in the computer, then boot to the install disk and choose Repair option. You should be able to do a Start Up Repair, a System Restore, and a full Repair Install from there.
Since you were able to get info off the drive then it is probably not dead or very close to it but probably has a corrupted boot sector and possibly other damage to the system.
Once it is up and running, run Malware scans and antivirus scans to make sure that the cause is not an infection. Malwarebytes and ADWcleaner by Malwarebytes as well as your antivirus scan after is what I would recommend to start. If anything is found, please copy/paste the logs from these in a reply for review and of course delete anything found.
Once the system is running properly, if you still feel that you need to or want to change out the drive, you can clone the first one to the new one or you can back up the personal files, reinstall clean from the install disk, activate it from your Windows sticker, and replace the personal files and reinstall the programs.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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November 8, 2018 at 17:41:28
If you have not already fixed this. Try going to computer surgeons and getting the original recovery. It will have all the drivers. This is what I would do but some on here may disagree. You can always use Norton removal tool or revo uninstaller to remove Norton and revo for any other bloatware. My HP runs just fine with the HP recovery disk. Just be careful with revo uninstaller you really need to know what your doing.

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