What Microsoft won't tell you about your Windows 10 recovery drive size
Microsoft is coy about it in places, and estimates vary.
Aug 22, 2016 3:00 AM
Attila Balaton bought an 8GB USB key to create a Windows 10 Recovery Drive only to find out 16GB was required. Mea culpa: Answer Line was partly to blame, as my former colleague wrote that Microsoft suggests “at least a 4GB USB key.” It’s not his fault, though, as on this support page Microsoft says in order to create a Windows 10 Recovery Drive you will need a, “USB thumbdrive with 4 GB of space or more.” Confusing things further is this page from Microsoft, where the company doesn’t even mention how much space you’ll need. Finally, on its support page for Windows 8 Microsoft says the recovery image the software creates, “…is typically 3 to 6 GB in size.“