Win­dows Re­cov­ery Drives

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Win­dows 10 in­cludes a tool that can be used to cre­ate a re­cov­ery drive from the in­stalled sys­tem ( https://sup­port.mi­ en-us/help/4026852). Af­ter boot­ing into Win­dows, type re­cov­ery drive into the search box to lo­cate the tool and then launch it. You need to sup­ply a fresh 16GB USB drive (or one you’re happy to re­cy­cle – be­cause all ex­ist­ing data will be over­writ­ten) and en­sure you se­lect the op­tion to backup sys­tem files when prompted be­cause this op­tion makes it pos­si­ble to use the re­cov­ery drive to re­in­stall Win­dows.

Len­ovo also of­fer a Dig­i­tal Down­load Re­cov­ery Ser­vice ( https:// sup­port.len­­lu­tions/ht103653) (DDRS) that you can use to down­load the files needed to cre­ate a Len­ovo Re­cov­ery USB key. It, like the Win­dows re­cov­ery drive, also re­quires a 16GB USB drive, but down­loads ev­ery­thing it needs from Len­ovo. You can use the USB key to re­in­stall Win­dows and other Len­ovo-in­stalled files.

Should you so wish, you can use Linux to make a re­cov­ery image to keep on your file server and free up the USB stick. An easy way to do this is with cat and gzip: $cat/dev/sdX|g zip> re­cov­ery_ drive.img.gz

Or use ssh to pipe it di­rectly to a file server: $c at/ dev/sdX|gzip|ssh user@ server‘ cat> re­cov­ery_ drive.img.gz’ We ob­served that the size of the Win­dows re­cov­ery drive is 14.45GB, re­duced by com­pres­sion to 14.02GB, sav­ing 439MB. The 170 files down­loaded by the Len­ovo DDRS to­tal 12GB.

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