Create A Recovery Drive on Windows In A Few Steps

A Recovery Drive could save you from reinstalling Windows. Even if you’re unable to get into Windows itself, you’ll be able to use the Recovery Drive to reset it and even figure out what’s giving your PC a boo boo. In other words, you could Trouble Shoot.

It also backs up system files to a drive which you could also use to reinstall Windows, if need be. Even though we always try to avoid that for many reasons.

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How to Create A Recovery Drive on Windows

  1. An Easy way: Type “Recovery” in the search bar. (FYI, the search bar could be a magnifying glass or just a block in Windows depending on your settings.)
  1. Then, click on the ‘Recovery Drive’ option.
  1. Once it opens, all you need to do is plug in a USB drive. Preferably an 8 GB or more. I’d go with a 16 GB USB Drive just to be safe.
  1. Click ‘Next‘, but if you want to back up system files… Please make sure you check the box.
  • It will then get ready to create the Recovery Drive.
  1. When the wait is over, select the USB you’d want to use and click ‘Next‘.
  • You’ll then see this:
  1. If you’re sure about your choice of drive then click on ‘Create‘ and begin the process.
  • Might take some time depending on how much files Windows needs to copy, but once that’s done you’ll have your Recovery Drive all set and ready to go, it’s as simple as that.

If for some reason you can’t use the search bar, use this method:

  • Open the Control Panel either through your Start Menu by clicking onto the “Windows System” folder
    • Or press the ‘Win’ + ‘R’ keys and the “RUN” box will open where you’ll type in “Control Panel”.
Control Panel Under Windows System Folder in the Start Menu
“Run” Box
  • After that change the “View By” option in the top-right to large icons. If you haven’t done so already, trust me it’s easier to find stuff this way.
  • Then click on “Recovery”
  • Select “Create a recovery drive.”
  • Follow steps 4 to 6 above.

Don’t have a USB Drive? Well… The good news is that you could even use an external as a recovery drive if you’d like, but it will divide your external drive and leave the other storage space that’s not needed as an unallocated space.

So, if you do this make sure to allocate that extra space so that you could use your external as normal and have it as a recovery drive on the side.

With that you’ve learnt how to create a recovery drive.

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