How to Create and Use Windows Recovery Drive or System Repair Disk?

create and use windows recovery drive or system repair disk

Creating a recovery drive or system repair disk is always helpful when you run into some trouble with your computer. Whether your computer failing to boot up, stuck on a boot-up page or not booting at all and countless other problems. Recovery drive or system repair disk will help us getting through that problem.

Microsoft has added the new recovery option from Windows 8, enabling users to create recovery drive for their PC. But, Windows 7 users will still need to create and use system repair disk. Both Windows 8 and 10 provides these 2 options for their users. All you need for this process is USB drive or CD. You can create recovery drive on both CD as well as on USB drive. But for creating system repair disk you will need an Optical Disk.

You can also delete your recovery partition from your storage after creating recovery media and save a lot of space. But, keep in mind that the recovery media of Windows 8 cannot be used to recover Windows 10 and also 32-bit Windows 10 recovery media cannot be used to recover 64-bit Windows 10.

How to Create and Use Windows Recovery Drive or System Repair Disk?

I have parted this tutorial into two parts- if you have Windows 8 and above you can use either one of the below. But, if you have Windows 7 you will need to use the system repair disk as Windows 7 doesn’t include creating recovery drive option.

Now, if you need to create recovery drive you can use either USB drive or Optical Disk. But, if are creating system repair disk then you will need to use Optical Disk of some sort. So, without further adieu, let’s get to create and use Windows recovery drive or system repair disk.

How to Create Recovery Drive for Windows?

Before heading any further make sure your USB drive is of at least 4GB capacity as Windows will copy lots of files into your USB drive. Also, all the data on that drive will be erased in this process, so make sure to backup it somewhere.

  • Attach your USB drive to PC.
  • Press Win Key or go to start menu and search
Recovery Drive.
  • From the listed results select Create a recovery drive.

create recovery drive

  • Now, recovery drive tool will launch. There, you will have an option to back up your system files to USB drive, that means you can also use this USB drive to reinstall Windows. Tick the box to backup your system and hit Next. It will take some time before proceeding further.

recovery media creator

  • Now, the recovery media creator will tell how much space will you require creating a recovery drive. Select your USB device and press Next.

create and use windows recovery drive or system repair disk

  • The warning window will appear mentioning that all data on the drive will get deleted, click on Create.

recovery drive of windows

After finishing the process you can see an option to “delete the recovery partition from your PC” if you have any. You can delete it to free up some space from storage.

How to Create a System Repair Disk in Windows?

If you have an older version of Windows like Windows 7, then you need to use system repair disk because of the option to create recovery drive in not available in Windows 7.

  • Press Win Key or go to start menu and enter

and hit enter.

System recovery disk creator

  • Now, the recovery disk creator will open. Select the disc burner drive and writable CD/DVD and hit Create disc.

create and use windows recovery drive or system repair disk

How to Use Recovery Drive or System Repair Disk?

If your computer runs into some problem or fails to boot several times, Windows will automatically bring it to advance startup menu. If it isn’t bringing it to those options then you will need to use recovery disk, installation media or system repair disk.

Attach or insert you recovery media to your PC, your computer will automatically boot from it; if it won’t then you might need to change its boot order. After booting, you can access several options for troubleshooting, resetting your PC, you can also access Advance options.

Advance Startup

You can try resetting your PC, most of the times it should fix your problem. If your PC fails to boot you can also try a system restore or automatic repair. You can also open the command prompt and do it by yourself.

If your PC still runs into a problem, you will need to do a fresh new install of Windows. If you found the above processes difficult then you can use third party Softwares like AOMEI Backupper. It is the best software I have come across to take backup of your system.

If you have any different recommendations, let me know in the comments section down below, your feedbacks and suggestions are always welcomed. Also, if you have any questions you can comment them down below. We would be happy to help.


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