How to Create a Windows 8.1 USB Recovery Drive
This is a simple How to video on creating a USB Recovery Drive on Windows 8.1 so you can have you recover drive for you on the go. You can check out the video below
To create a USB recovery drive:
1. Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, and then tap Search. If you’re using a mouse, point to the upper-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer down, and then click Search.
2. Enter “recovery drive” in the search box, and then tap or click “Create a recovery drive”. You might be asked for an admin password or to confirm your choice.
3. After the recovery drive tool opens, make sure the “Copy the recovery partition from the PC to the recovery drive” check box is selected, and then tap or click Next.
Note: If your PC doesn’t have a recovery partition, then the checkbox will be grayed out. The recovery drive will only include the recovery tools and a bootable image. It will not include a recovery image to use for refreshing or resetting your PC.
4. Insert a USB flash drive into your PC that is at least as large as the size indicated on the screen.
5. Tap or click the USB drive you would like to use for your recovery drive, then tap or click Next.
6. Tap or click Create. The recovery image and necessary recovery tools will be copied to your USB flash drive, which will take a while, depending on your PC and the size of the recovery image.
7. When the process is done, do one of the following:
- If you want to keep the recovery partition on your PC, tap or click Finish.
- If you want to remove the recovery partition from your PC and free up disk space, tap or click “Delete the recovery partition”. Then tap or click Delete. This will free up the disk space used to store your recovery image. When the removal is done, tap or click Finish.
8. Remove the USB flash drive.