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HP Notebook PCs - Using the Downloadable USB Recovery Flash Disk Creation Utility

This document pertains to HP Notebook computers that came with Windows 7 and Vista.
Most notebook computers have the ability to create removable recovery media using HP Recovery Manager software. If this option is not available from Recovery Manager and your computer still has the hard drive recovery partition, then you can still create a recovery solution onto a removable USB flash device by using a downloadable USB Recovery Flash Disk creation utility. Use this document to create a USB recovery solution when the option is not available from Recovery Manager.
Creating a recovery solution on a USB flash device is helpful for notebooks that do not have an internal optical disc drive. The requirements for creating a Vista or Windows 7 recovery solution on a USB Flash device include:
  • Only one copy of a recovery solution can be created.
    If you have already created or attempted to create recovery discs, do not use the Flash Disk Utility. If the first creation process failed, you can get a replacement recovery discs from HP.
  • The computer must have the original HP Vista or Windows 7 configuration, including the recovery partition.
    A USB Recovery solution cannot be created if the original operating system has been changed, or if the Recovery partition has been erased or removed.
  • Your USB storage device should have at least 8 GB of available free space. Verify the exact amount of free space on the flash drive before creating the recovery solution. Use a 16 GB flash disc for best results.
  • Connect the USB flash drive to a USB 2.0 connector. The USB Recovery Flash Disk creation utility does not recognize USB 3.0 ports.
  • USB external hard drives cannot be used.
Create a USB Recovery Solution using the Flash Disk Creation Utility
Use the following steps to download and run the HP Flash Disk Creation Utility:
  1. Download USB Recovery Flash Disk creation utility
    1. Click one of the following links to download the utility based on the operating system that came with your Notebook computer:
    2. Select the Download button.
    3. On the File Download - Security Warning dialog box, select the Save button.
      Figure : Save file download
      Image of File Download - Security Warning dialog box
       note:
      Do not select Run during the download. If you select Run, the disc creation process will start immediately and you cannot use the computer while the recovery disc on the USB flash disc is being created.
    4. Save the file to a location on your hard drive where you can easily open it, such as the Windows desktop or My Documents folder.
  2. Run USB Recovery Flash Disk creation utility
     caution:
    All data on the USB storage device will be deleted when using this process. Be sure to save any important information from the device before creating the recovery solution.
    1. Connect the AC power supply.
    2. Close all software.
    3. Insert your USB storage device in the USB 2.0 connector.
    4. Double-click the Flash disc USB Recovery Flash Disk Utility file that was downloaded and saved earlier.
    5. When prompted, accept the software user agreement.
    6. When prompted, select name of the USB flash storage device that you want to use for the recovery solution.
    7. Wait while the utility creates the solution on the storage device.
       caution:
      During the creation process, the computer pauses periodically and there are no signs of action for long periods of time. Do not interrupt the disc creation process or remove the USB storage device. When the creation process is complete, the computer will restart and prompt you to log in to the computer.
    8. When finished, remove the USB storage device and store it in a safe location. You can use this recovery solution to return the computer's software back to the way it was when the computer was first purchased.
Common issues that can occur during recovery solution creation
The following are common error messages and problems that can occur when creating a recovery solution on a USB 2.0 flash drive. Select an error message for more information.

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