Creating a recovery partition for Windows 8.1 Pro

I recently upgraded my Toshiba A660 PSAW3A 07R00R form Windows 8 with Media Centre to Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Centre using the Microsoft Store and decided it was time to create a recovery disk.

My computer had no recovery partition (checked by using Command Prompt and typing recimg/showcurrent followed by return).

Using the instructions on your website I created a recovery partition and the recovery image which took several hours and it reported the task had been completed and the registered.

Using Disk Management showed a Healthy (Active, Recovery Partition) of 1.46Gb but with 100% free, is that normal?

When trying to create a recovery drive using admin privileges the box with the message "copy the recovery partition...." could not be selected, presumably because the recovery partition was empty.

What has gone wrong?


 

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Last updated August 11, 2019 Views 13,580 Applies to:
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There is a lot of confusion regarding a "Recovery" partition.  Possibly due, in part at least, because of the way Microsoft chooses their description of what is created using the recimg utility.

Most Windows 8 installs, OEM and self installs, come with a Recovery Tools partition at the front of the drive.  OEM installs may have more, one of which could be a large (15-20 GB) in which to store the Factory Reset image.

All you have done by following the tutorial, is to create a folder with an custom image meant to be used to refresh your system.  When creating a Recovery Drive, only OEM Factory images are designed to be used and copied to the Flash drive.  In most cases, these will be Window 8 if your system was originally Windows 8.  This image can be used to revert to Windows 8, but cannot be used to reset a Windows 8.1 system back to 8.1.  Currently, Microsoft has provided no free source files with which to do a reset in Windows 8.1.

If you want to really check your partitions, use Disk Management to see them.  If you would like to attach a snipping tool picture of your Disk Management window, you can attach using the image icon.

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