- 12-18-2012, 12:48 PM #1
For what it's worth, I hadn't noticed until I was inspired to look for something on Twitter, but Microsoft now lists official instructions to move your Surface RT's recovery partition to a USB drive:
Increase Surface storage space | USB recovery drive for Surface
For those of us with the 32GB model, it's pretty helpful because you get around 3.5GB of space back. Basically there's a wizard in Windows RT that will create a new recovery drive, copy the recovery files to it, and then give you the option to delete the recovery partition.
This does mean that you won't be able to refresh or reset without having your USB drive, but if you're already hitting the limits of your drive space, it's probably pretty useful.
- 12-18-2012, 02:24 PM #2
Great find. Thanks for sharing. I'll be doing this tonight!
- 12-18-2012, 03:23 PM #4
did this right after the two hour "out of the box" windows + store update yesterday. Critical for a 32gb machine, IMHO. ****, they should have just tossed in a 4gb USB stick with recovery already on it. That's what, about 5 cents cost? Microsoft sure knows how to deliver the ultimate in painful OOTB experiences.
- 12-18-2012, 09:05 PM #9
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- 12-18-2012, 09:31 PM #12
Would the reverse also be possible?
i.e. recreating the recovery partition from the USB stick back on to the Surface in built storage?
No other reason than I'm curious.
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- 12-18-2012, 10:51 PM #14
- 12-19-2012, 08:29 AM #15
This is dumb but I suspect MSFT did it so that I could not download apps and then hand them to a friend. Basically that would circumvent their licensing rules. Should be a way to put a code on the SD card so that those apps would only work with the surface they were downloaded onto. Of course a binary code like that could easily be hacked by someone who knows what they are doing, but most users just want the extra space and will never take the card out.
What exactly can be saved to the card and able to be in your libraries? Photos?
- 12-19-2012, 08:45 AM #16
You can put any user content on cards - photos, videos, music, movies, documents, pdf files, spreadsheets, power point presentations, one note notebooks...
- 12-19-2012, 08:48 AM #17
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- 12-19-2012, 08:56 AM #19
If noting else, dumping a complete sector level image (aka .iso) of the USB key should be sufficient.
If you are paranoid, buy a handful of 4GB USB sticks for $30 and use the surface "make a USB recovery" tool to make multiple recovery USB sticks. Then trash the partition.
- 12-19-2012, 09:43 AM #20
The wizard does make the USB drive UEFI bootable, but I'm not sure that it has to be either. But since making the drive bootable is a process that doesn't actually have to be done from Windows RT (you could technically use any Windows PC to make the drive bootable), there's other ways to handle that anyway.
But yeah, if you want to be safest, use the wizard multiple times before deleting the partition.
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