How to make a Windows 10 recovery drive
Windows 10 has all kinds of back up features, from system restore to File History to System Reset – and there’s even an image backup feature in Windows 10. But what happens when your computer won’t boot and you can’t get into your computer at all?
That’s where a Windows 10 recovery drive comes in handy. A recovery drive can help you troubleshoot and fix problems with your PC, even if it won’t start. To create one, all you need is a USB drive. If you’re using Windows 10 32-bit, you’ll need at least an 8 GB USB flash drive; for 64-bit Windows 10, you’ll need at least a 16 GB USB flash drive. Your flash drive will be formatted during the recovery drive creation so make sure the flash drive you use doesn’t contain anything you need; a new, never-used flash drive would be the best option.
OK with that out of the way, let’s get started.
Place the appropriate USB flash drive in a USB port.
Press the Windows Key + S and in search box type: “Create recovery drive” (no quotes). When it appears in the search results, click it.
Click yes to the UAC prompt (above):
You’ll then see the “Create a recovery drive” dialog. Make sure “Back up system files to the recovery drive” is checked, then click “Next”.
Then you’ll see…
After it scans for drives on your computer, it should find the USB flash drive you inserted earlier (see below). If the correct drive is selected, click “Next”. If not, manually select the USB flash drive you want to use to create the recovery drive, then click “Next”.
You will then see the warning (below) that all data on your USB flash drive will be deleted. If you’re sure the USB flash drive contains no files or data you need, click create (below):
When you click “Create” (above) you’ll see that the Recovery Drive is being created and a progress bar (below):
It takes a few minutes to create the Windows 10 Recovery Drive. When it has been created you’ll see the dialog below.
Remove your new Recovery Drive from the USB port, label it “Recovery Drive” (or whatever) and keep it in a safe place. Hopefully, you’ll never need it. But if a day comes when your computer won’t start, your Windows 10 Recovery Drive, could make your computer life a lot easier.