How to create a recovery drive for your Windows 10 PC

One of the best tools that you can use when it comes to troubleshooting a Windows PC with a boot-related problem is a recovery drive. Sometimes, a Windows PC can break after an installation of a new driver, update, or program so if you’re in such a situation, make sure that you know how to boot from a recovery drive.

The process of preparing a recovery drive is straightforward and easy but you need to do it in advance if you’re anticipating a problem. This means that you can’t create a recovery drive if your computer has already failed. You also need to have a USB drive for this process so make sure one is handy. Here are the steps on how to do it:

  1. From the taskbar, search for Create a recovery drive and then select it. You might be asked to enter an admin password or confirm your choice.
  2. When the tool opens, make sure Back up system files to the recovery drive is selected and then select Next.
  3. Connect a USB drive to your PC, select it, and then select Next > Create. A lot of files need to be copied to the recovery drive, so this might take a while.
  4. When it’s done, you might see a Delete the recovery partition from your PC link on the final screen. If you want to free up drive space on your PC, select the link and then select Delete. If not, select Finish.

Now that you have your USB recovery drive ready, you can start troubleshooting your non-booting PC.


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