dpweeks wrote:Hi troggy, I copied all the files on my USB Recovery drive (with MBR formatting) into a folder on an SD card in my Linx 8. I then downloaded and used rufus-2.2p to reformat the USB drive as FAT32 with GPT partitioning style. When doing that, I had to deselect the option for "Create a bootable disk using ISO image" because I have no ISO image. I also deselected option "Create extended label and icon files". Once the USB drive formatting was complete, I copied all the previously saved Recovery files from the folder on the SD card, to the USB Drive as you suggested. It's not clear to me whether this procedure will result in a USB Recovery drive with FAT32 and GPT partitioning that is actually bootable. When I tried to boot from it by holding down Power and Vol+ buttons I still see no option for booting from USB in the Boot Manager menu. This would seem to confirm that the USB drive created is in fact not bootable.
What is the correct procedure for creating a Windows 8.1 USB Recovery drive that is FAT32 formatted with GPT partitioning that is actually bootable?
(P.S. It seems ridiculous that Windows 8.1 provided wizard tool for creating a USB Recovery drive doesn't create the right kind of partitioning style for that device, or give the user any option to manually select the partitioning style to be used! Is there a command line way of doing this?)
You are getting mixed up. The usb stick is not a gpt formatted drive (you can only put one main partition on a usb drive (apart from special windows to go usb sticks).
Get hold of the iso on this site and do following (easier on another pc - copy iso to a suitable directory).
1. insert usb stick into pc
2. go to a command prompt with admin rights and type (press return, ignore comments in brackets)
list disk (note disk number n of usb stick - can tell by capacity, usually last disk).
sel disk n (n from above eg 1, 2 be very careful you get this right)
clean (will wipe usb stick completely)
cre part pri
sel part 1 (only 1 partition)
format fs=fat32 quick
Now close command box.
3. Click on iso and mount it as a pseudo drive (not sure if you can do this on windows 7 without a 3rd party app)
4. copy all files from pseudo drive to usb stick
5. safely remove usb stick.
You now have a bootable usb stick that works on Linx 8.