In this article, we will walk you through the steps to create a USB system recovery drive that you can boot to in case Windows 10 fails to load completely. Note that if you didn’t create the recovery drive beforehand, you can use another Windows 10 machine to create it and then use it on the broken PC.
How to create USB recovery drive for Windows 10
You will need USB drive with at least 16GB capacity. Remember that creating a recovery drive wipes all data on the USB drive!
- Right click on Start button and choose Search.
- In the search box type “Recovery drive” and then click on option Create a Recovery Drive
- A dialog box appears, with some description. There is also checkbox “Back up system files to the recovery drive“. It’s highly recommended to select it, with this option you will be able to reinstall Windows via the recovery drive.
- After pressing Next button, windows recalculate how much space will be needed in your USB drive and prompt you to connect USB drive. Plug it in and click Next
- Windows will format your USB drive and copy your recovery files in. This action takes several minutes.
- When the recovery drive is ready, click Finish.
- You now have a bootable system recovery USB flash drive that you can use in case your copy of Windows 10 crashes.