How to create a USB recovery drive in Windows 10
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With USB keys being so cheap, there is no reason not to use one for a recovery drive. I tend to use a DVD as I either lose my USB drives or find another urgent use for them. If you have more control and can maintain one purely as a recovery media, here’s how to create a USB recovery drive in Windows 10.
A USB recovery drive can be very useful in troubleshooting boot issues or for a fast boot into recovery mode. It’s always useful to have recovery media around. For this to work, you will need at least a 1GB USB flash drive for core files. If you want to copy system files too, you will need a 16GB flash drive.
Important note: You have to create a recovery drive of the same version of Windows you’re running. So if you’re running 32-bit Windows, you need to create a 32-bit recovery drive. The same for 64-bit.
Create a USB recovery drive in Windows 10
1. Type or paste ‘RecoveryDrive.exe’ into the Search Windows box.
2. A new window should appear. Select ‘Back up system files to the recovery drive’ if you want to save those too and have enough space on the USB drive. Deselect if you don’t want to save system files.
3. Select Next.
4. Choose the USB drive you want to use and click Next. You will not be able to use it for anything else once you create the recovery drive.
5. Select Create and let the process complete.
6. Select Finish and remove the USB recovery drive. Label or mark it and keep it somewhere safe.
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