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Saturday, June 28, 2014

Creating a recovery USB stick

You never know when you are goring to need it or if you are ever going to need it. But without any doubt it's a good idea to have a way to recover your Surface PRO 3 from a USB memory stick. But for that you need to create a Recovery USB stick and this is how it can be done according to Microsoft's Surface site.

Create the recovery drive

1:Connect the power supply to Surface and plug into an electrical outlet.
2: Insert your USB drive into the USB port on your Surface.
3:Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, and then tap Search.
(If you're using a mouse, point to the upper-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer down, and then click Search.)
4: In the search box, enter recovery, and in the search results, tap or click Recovery, and then tap or click Create a recovery drive.
5:In the User Account Control dialog box, tap or click Yes.
6:Tap or click to select Copy the recovery partition from the PC to the recovery drive, and then, tap or click Next.
7:Tap or click the USB drive you want to use, and then tap or click Next.
8:Tap or click Create.
The recovery image and necessary recovery tools will be copied to your USB drive. Your Surface must stay awake during the copy process, which will take 10 to 15 minutes.
9:After the recovery tools are copied, do one of the following:
  • Tap or click Finish if you want to keep the recovery tools on your Surface.
  • Tap or click Delete the recovery partition if you want to remove the recovery tools from Surface and free up disk space. To confirm, tap or click Delete, and when removal is complete, tap or click Finish.
10:Remove your USB drive from Surface and keep it in a safe place.
It's best not to use the recovery drive to store other files or data.
Yom will need a 8 GB USB stick because the recovery files use a little more than 4GB.