Have you ever run into problems with your Windows 10 PC? It’s very irritating, right?
In the past, I have encountered some serious errors in Windows 10, and most of them are easy to fix, except one. It’s a BSOD (Blue Screen of Death) error, and it occurred last month.
Unlike most other Windows errors, this one prevented me from accessing my computer. Therefore, I need to find out why this error happens on my Windows PC, as well as fix it.
Fortunately, I prepared for this situation when I installed Windows 10. It’s a USB recovery drive that I created on purpose to repair and recover my Windows PC from many types of errors. With this tool, I will be able to boot into my computer and access many tools which will help to diagnose and troubleshoot the error.
In this post, I’m going to help you create a recovery drive in Windows 10. That way, you will be ready when facing a problem with your computer.
How To Create A Recovery Drive In Windows 10
The recovery drive is a necessary weapon against problems on your Windows 10 PC. To create this type of drive, you will need the help of a tool called the Recovery Media Creator.
Firstly, you need to prepare a USB flash drive and plug into the computer for which you want to create the recovery drive. If you don’t have a USB flash drive, buy one from Amazon.com, it’s very cheap. Otherwise, you can use an external hard drive or an optical disc.
Note: If you are using a 32-bit Windows edition, you need to prepare a USB drive that has at least 4GB of storage space. But if you are using a 64-bit Windows version, this amount will be 8GB.
Once it’s connected to your Windows 10 PC, press the Windows key and search for “Create a recovery drive“. Then, select the first result on the list.
Another method to access this feature is to navigate to Control Panel -> Recovery, and then click on the “Create a recovery drive” option.
Or just press Windows + I and search for it in the Settings app.
If User Account Control is enabled, your computer will ask you if you will allow the Recovery Media Creator tool to make changes to your Windows 10 PC.
Just select “Yes” to launch the tool.
Note: You should know that the version of your Windows and Recovery drive must be the same. For example, if you are using 32-bit Windows OS, then the Recovery drive must be 32-bit. You can’t use a 64-bit Recovery drive to repair a 32-bit Windows OS.
In the Recovery Media Creator window, check on the “Backup system files to the recovery drive” checkbox. This option will copy all Windows system files on your Windows PC to the Recovery drive. In case this option is disabled, it will only copy essential system files.
After checking the checkbox, click on the Next button to go to the next step.
In this step, you will be able to select the USB flash drive that you want to be used as a Recovery drive. Depending on what you selected in the previous step, the Recovery Media Creator tool will show the amount of minimum storage space it needs.
Just choose your USB flash drive from the list and then click on the Next button.
All data on your USB flash drive will be formatted. Make sure to back up your data on this drive first.
If everything is good, just click on the Create button to create your Recovery drive, based on your current Windows OS.
After that, your USB flash drive will be formatted, and the tool will start to copy system files from your Windows OS to this drive. The copying process may take a few minutes to complete.
When it’s done, click on the Finish button.
You now have a USB-based Recovery drive that can help you get rid of most Windows issues.
For any questions regarding this tutorial, or about how to create a Recovery drive, please post your comment below.