How To Create A Recovery Boot Drive USB In Windows 10

For a rainy day! Although Windows 10 is the most stable and reliable operating system Microsoft has ever put out, it still is a good idea to be prepared for when things go wrong.

Because they just might — at the most inopportune moment, no less.

This is where a recovery drive comes into play. If necessary, you can use this USB drive to boot, and access Windows repair options when the operating system itself will not start. Keep this USB flash drive in a safe place, and use it if the time comes.

In this tutorial, you will learn to create a recovery boot drive USB in Windows 10.

1. Type recovery into the Search bar.

2. Choose the Create a recovery drive option.

3. If you already have a Windows installation disc, then untick the Back up system files to the recovery drive option. If not, then keep it checked.

4. Click next, and then select a USB flash drive to create the recovery media on. Make sure it is empty, or you have backed up the data beforehand, as everything on the USB drive will be deleted.

5. Windows will now format the drive, and copy the necessary boot information and utilities, and system files, if you have opted for that option. The amount of time this process takes depends on the speed of the drive and whether you are copying system files.

In case of trouble, you can simply use this USB to get up and running again.

Written by Fahad Ali

Fahad Ali is a professional freelancer, specializing in technology, web design and development and enterprise applications. He is the primary contributor to this website. When he is not typing away on his keyboard, he is relaxing to some soft jazz.

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