New 8.1 Computer With No Optical Drive.. Can DVD Recovery Sent convert to Flash USB?

I just purchased a new computer Windows 8.1 laptop that does not have an optical drive yet I was sent DVD recovery.  Can the DVD disk be converted to a Flash USB?
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Manojkumar RaneCommented:
Yes, you can convert CD to Flash USB drive using thirdpart tools.
Use rufus software : https://rufus.akeo.ie/
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William FulksSystems Analyst & WebmasterCommented:
Is it just a WIndows DVD or something from the manufacturer with drivers, etc?

You may want to check out Win2Flash. It's been around a while and works with most every version of WIndows - http://wintoflash.com/download/en/

You can use Microsoft's own tool for creating Win8.1 installation media here - http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-8/create-reset-refresh-media

As an alternative you can buy an external DVD drive for @ $30 in case you want to add the ability to use discs on that PC.

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4ubestAuthor Commented:
Wow thank you for asking. I have a separate DVD for Windows 8 drivers
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William FulksSystems Analyst & WebmasterCommented:
So you have a regular Windows 8 disc AND another for vendor specific drivers?

The drivers one you can probably just straight copy the files to the flash drive since. I depends on the manufacturer and how they put it all together. What kind of computer is it?
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rindiCommented:
Windows 8.x has it's own utility you can create a recovery USB stick from. First get a USB stick that is just slightly larger than your recovery partition is. Then open the control Panel, select "Recover", then "Create a Recovery Drive", then make sure you have checked the option "Copy the Recovery Partition from the PC to the Recovery Drive". That will create a bootable recovery USB stick or disk which you can use to repair the system. You don't need to do anything with the DVD's.
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4ubestAuthor Commented:
It is a Sager laptop and they do NOT put a recovery on t partition on the drive thus my main inquiries,,
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4ubestAuthor Commented:
I do not have a recovery partition on the computer as the company does not put one.  I just have 2 DVD,, Windows restore and Drivers.
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noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:
It depends on the boot environment they use to start the recovery from. Is it DOS, Linux or Windows (WIM)?
I recently used a tool to create bootable USB stick for different ISO files and you could use it as well. It boots into its own environment and then you can start the restore.
The tool i used was this one: http://www.winsetupfromusb.com/downloads/
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4ubestAuthor Commented:
noxcho, does the winsetupfromusb automatically determine if the recovery was made from DOS, Linux or Windows?
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Natty GregIn Theory (IT)Commented:
use an external dvd whenever required, save yourself the headache or you can do a custom usb image of your hard disk with all your software loaded just the way you like it, so that when you restore everything you use is already loaded
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noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:
You can see it yourself when you open the ISO image with 7zip - see which file there are in the image.
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4ubestAuthor Commented:
Noxcho.  

Speaking to a  computer repair person locally he could not understand why a company would not send a Flash drive with the restore and drives on it when the computer does not come with a DVD and additionally does NOT have a restore partition on the HDD/SDD.

My question to you folk here is this a normal practice with companies supplying new computers..i.e., not including a bootable Flash OR a restore partition when no optical drive is included on the machine?

These are what I see on the DVD so would the software you suggest work?

Data on restore disk

http://screencast.com/t/Ym2hk6E9YQJC


http://screencast.com/t/CD1FlpC27

http://screencast.com/t/XVgiHAcN
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rindiCommented:
No. PC's that come with Windows pre-installed always either have a recovery partition, or if the disk is too small for the recovery partition, you get the recovery media that fits the hardware. To me it looks like the PC probably isn't in it's original state and probably 2nd hand, or it was setup for use in a company where the OS usually wouldn't be OEM, and the company installs it.

As already mentioned, I'd get an external DVD drive, it can always be useful. Any external DVD drive will do fine. I recommend going to a computer shop nearby and just buy the cheapest you find, then you can save yourself the cost for mailing it to you, or look on ebay or a similar portal for something 2nd hand.

The DVD you have looks like a standard installation DVD for the OS, not like a recovery DVD. For recovery you would normally also need more than one DVD. Does the DVD look like a normal DVD from m$, or does it look like was burnt by a 3rd party?
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noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:
It is a WinPE based boot disk. You can add it to USB disk by using the tool I mentioned.
Select it as Windows 7/8 and show the ISO location.
When finished boot the machine from it and select your Recovery Image.
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noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:
Here is a tutorial on how to add it: http://www.winsetupfromusb.com/add-multiple-windows-nt6-vista-7-8-sources-ubuntu-usb-disk/

The most companies do not like sending USB stick based solution because users can modify the content of USB stick. On DVD drive you cannot modify anything.
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4ubestAuthor Commented:
noxcho  thank you..  I think in the case they do not supply an optical drive on the system that they should have a restore partition.
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noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:
Yes, I agree.
Btw, once you perform the restore you can organize the recovery partition and backup in it yourself by using third party backup tool such as Backup & Recovery 14 Free from Paragon. It wll create so called backup capsule at the end of the drive. Plus you create a bootable usb stick. Then take backup into that partition and that's it.
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