Create a Recovery Drive for Windows 10

Create a Recovery Drive for Windows 10

Worried about Windows 10’s file system being corrupted? Due to virus or accident, harmful operating system could prevent your PC from booting into Windows 10 by any means. So to restore Windows when harm happens, create a USB recovery hard drive. When the operating system has problem, just plug the USB recovery hard drive into the computer and boot. There, there will be options to restore Windows.

As such, the recovery hard drive supported the PC when the problem occurred. However, you don’t know how to create it, when to use it, or when to need it. This article summarizes everything you need to know to create an easy recovery hard drive with Windows 10.

The article references steps to create another Windows 10 recovery USB.

Set up Recovery Drive

Check the box for Back up system files to the recovery drive

First you will want to set up Recovery Drive while Windows is still active to best capture it. Connect USB or insert DVD into computer. Type Recovery Drive in the search field and click Create a recovery drive .

Or, open the Control Panel in icon view, click the Recovery icon and click the Create a recovery drive link . Answer Yes if Windows asks if you want to allow this application to make changes to your device. On the Create a recovery drive screen , check the box Back up system files to the recovery drive , then click Next.

Select drive

Select the drive you want to use

Wait for Windows to display the USB or DVD drive. If multiple drives appear, select the one you want to use. Click Next.

Create Recovery Drive

Everything on Recovery Drive will be erased

The next screen tells you that everything on Recovery Drive will be erased, so make sure there are no necessary files on the USB or DVD. Click on Create and Recovery Drive will be created. This may take a while, so please be patient. After the drive is created, click Finish.

Using Recovery Drive

Choose to boot from USB or DVD instead of hard drive

Now, quickly move on to a point where Windows is so damaged that it cannot load or repair itself. Insert the recovery USB or DVD into the computer. When booting, press the appropriate key to boot from the USB or DVD instead of the hard drive.

Choose a language

Choose a language

In the keyboard layout screen, select a keyboard for your language or country. Press the Enter key.

Recover from drive

Click Recover from a Drive

Now, click Recover from a Drive to tell the computer to get the Windows version on the drive. Again, this means all files and applications will be deleted after the operating system is reinstalled.

Delete files

Click Just remove my files to delete the files

You have the option of deleting only files or completely deleting the operating system. Since you plan on keeping this computer, just click Just remove my files .

Restore Windows

The final step is to click Recover

The final step is to click Recover. Your computer will warn you again that all your personal files will be deleted and any applications not included with the operating system will also be removed. Furthermore, if you partition the hard drive, this will restore it to its original state, meaning you will have to set up the partition again.

Complete the restore

Windows will let you know it’s restoring your PC

Windows will then let you know that it is restoring your PC. When it’s done, Windows is officially reinstalled.

Windows 10 setup

Windows 10 setup

Windows 10 will then take you through the setup process and apply any updates. Once setup is complete, you can log into Windows. Again, your personal files won’t appear here, but hopefully you’ve backed them up elsewhere so you’re ready to restore them now. You will also need to reinstall the desktop applications.