How to Create a Recovery Drive in Windows 10

Imagine a situation when you wake up one fine morning only to realize that your computer just won’t boot. It might be a system error or corrupt files. Just one of those days when your computer needs a little pampering from you. If you have a recovery drive on your PC which was created by the OEM, it’s well and good. But I would be concerned  if there was no recovery media just in case you need to have Windows reinstalled.

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Let me show you today, how to create a recovery media for Windows 10 to get out of such situations without breaking into a sweat.

Why Create a Recovery Partition?

A recovery partition might take a couple of GBs on your hard drive or you might have to dedicate a 16 GB USB drive to it. But it can save you from a lot of trouble when your computer fails to boot one random day. Imagine the pain when you would have to run to your friends to create a bootable image of Windows 10 just to fix your computer.

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Also, if you have a recovery media, it’s not mandatory that you will have to completely wipe your system. Windows can also try to repair the existing installation. In the worst case scenario, if at all, you have to wipe the system, the fresh installation will have all your drivers pre-installed and will save you a lot of time and effort.

Let’s see how we can create a dedicated recovery partition on the hard drive and a removable USB Drive. The option to create a recovery removable media is available by default in Windows 10. But we will be using a third-party app called AOMEI OneKey Recovery to create the dedicated recovery partition.

Creating a USB Recovery Drive

Open the Start Menu and search for Recovery Drive and run the application. It will open up the Control Panel where you will see the option to Create a Recovery Drive. Click on it. You might be asked for administrative rights when you click on the option.

Recovery Drive

When the recovery process starts, make sure you check on the option Back up system files to the recovery drive. This will ensure that you can even re-install the entire OS from the recovery drive if it fails to repair or your hard disk is gone for a toss.

Create Recovery

Finally, the wizard will ask you to choose the removable drive. Please use a USB drive of minimum 8 GB for the task and make sure there are no important files on it as it will be formatted prior to the process.

Choose Drive

The entire process might take some time. Once it’s complete, don’t forget to put a label on the USB drive. You have the Windows 10 recovery drive ready.

Copying Files

Creating a Dedicated Recovery Partition on Hard Drive

AOMEI OneKey Recovery is a free application and created the recovery partition is just a few clicks. No hidden agendas here. The application is easy to use and it even creates the partition for the user if he is not sure on how to create it using Windows Management.

After you launch the application, click on the option OneKey System Recovery. The app will show you the current partition structure and the resultant partitions after it has created the recovery partition. Make sure you keep the laptop plugged to a power outlet as the process might take up to 2 hours to finish depending upon the processor speed.

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Note: There’s an option to create a USB recovery partition in case you don’t have sufficient hard drive space.

Aoemi Select Partition

Once the process is complete, the app will ask you on how you would you like to set up the boot menu to boot from recovery.


So that was how you can create a USB drive dedicated for recovery media for Windows 10. It sure will come in handy on one of those days when everything goes wrong on your computer. If you face any issues while creating this media, please drop a comment and we will definitely follow up.

Last updated on 02 February, 2022

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