Limitations of this Recovery Drive
A recovery drive is a great tool to have on hand; however, it is important to understand the limitations of what said recovery drive will actually recover. This is not a replacement for backup software.
Let me be clear: a recovery drive will not recover your user files, documents and databases. Nor will it recover the installed applications.
It also will not recover a user password. For that you will require a password recovery disk
Can you create a windows 10 recovery disk from another computer?
Maybe you are wondering, Can I create a recovery drive on one computer and use it on another? The short answer here is YES.
The recovery drive will be used in cases where it is otherwise impossible to reinstall Windows 10. You will boot to this recovery drive and follow the simple prompts to reinstall your OS.
Hardware, and specifically hard drive, failure is the most common use for this type of recovery drive.
USB Drive Requirements
Here are the requirements for the USB drive:
- Microsoft suggests a size of 16GB or larger
- Nothing on the drive you want to keep
WARNING: During creation, the drive will be reformatted and all information on it will be written over. Make sure you have copied any files you want to keep to a different location.
SUGGESTION: Find some way to mark your USB drive as to what it is.
Create a Recovery Drive in 4 Steps
- Press the Windows button to the left of the spacebar to initiate a search, and type “create” and select the option that says Create a recovery drive.
- When the tool opens, ensure that the option to Back up system files to recovery drive is selected and then click Next.
- Connect the USB drive and then select it, before clicking Next.
- Select Create. This may take awhile.
Once the process is complete, just click Finish, and make sure to properly eject the drive before pulling it out.