HP USB Recovery Disk Creator Not Working
Posted on December 13, 2013
We just got a new touch screen HP Split 2-in-1 laptop. The first thing I do with any new Windows computer is to make the recovery media. I don’t think any Home version of a PC comes with recovery disk. That amazes me that no one makes the recovery disk when they get a new computer, only to have a drive fail or have to reinstall windows a year or so later. Since the new HP does not have a DVD drive the only option is a USB flash drive. This is standard for Linux and Microsoft is finally coming around, allowing Windows to boot from a USB device. (Yet you can still make a bootable floppy disk if you can find a floppy drive and a floppy disk… 😉
I started the HP recovery media creation program and found that I needed a 16GB USB flash drive. Fortunately I had just picked up a SanDisk Cruzer Glide USB 16GB Flash Drive. When recovery program prompted me to insert a USB flash drive at least 14GB I plugged in the flash drive and waited and waited. The HP recovery disk creator acted like there was no device available. I could see the drive in Windows, checked to make sure it was greater than 14GB, still nothing. Formatted the USB flash drive to NTFS and still nothing. I knew there was some type of bazaar issue with HP’s in-house software. As it turns out if the USB flash drive is “Made for Windows 8” the HP software will not recognize the flash drive. I’m sure there are all sorts of different disk restrictions on making your ONE backup copy of the Recovery Partition. HP is famous for making simple task very complicated.
Since I could not get the flash drive to work with the HP Recovery Media Creation program, I found that Windows 8 can copy the recovery partition to a USB drive. Press the Windows logo key and the F key to bring up the charms bar search feature. Type in “recovery” and click on the Settings option. This will bring you to the Windows 8 recovery drive program that will allow you to make a copy of the recovery partition.
The program is very straight forward and worked without a hitch with the 16GB cruzer flash drive.
Once you have a copy of the recovery partition you can delete the factory partition to free up some space. The HP 2 in 1 laptop came with a 128GB solid state drive, which by today’s standards is pretty small and the HP recovery Partition takes up about 10% of the drive. If you do delete the partition – make certain you keep the flash drive in a safe place for when you need it. Oh and you should test the flash drive to make sure you can boot off the flash drive.