How to create a USB Recovery Drive in Windows 10

There are several ways to recover Windows 10 when your PC becomes not bootable. Among the top methods are the System Repair Disc, Recovery Partition, and USB Recovery Drive.

Create Windows 10 USB Drive

We have covered the former ones already, now we shall know how to create a USB Recovery Drive with ability to make a clean Windows 10 install when needed. Before heading on to how to create an USB Recovery Drive, let’s know what can it do:

Window 10 USB Recovery Drive Features

When your PC is not booting into Windows and not even recovery, you can simply insert the Repair disc and boot into it. You can then recover your PC. Here is what and all you can do while in Repair mode.

Windows 10 Repair Mode

System Restore: It lets you restore your computer to a previously saved restore points.

System Image Recovery: You can recover Windows using a system image file if you created earlier.

Startup Repair: Windows can automatically repair Startup. This works for most of users, but for some serious issues this won’t help.

Command Prompt: If you are good in Command Prompt, you can use this mode and troubleshoot Windows.

Go back to the previous build: If you didn’t delete the Windows.old folder which you should have after a Windows upgrade, then you can use this option to go to earlier Windows version.

Reset this PC: This option works for most of users to fix problems. You can reset Windows which gives you option of clean install where all your personal data will be deleted and clean install of Windows keeping your personal data intact. Both the options will remove programs you installed.

Create a Windows 10 USB Recovery Drive

Use at least 16 GB of USB flash drive. Note that the USB flash drive will be formatted during the Recovery creation process, so make sure to backup data from it.


Type ‘Recovery Drive’ in the taskbar search box.

Click ‘Create a recovery drive’ from the search list. Usually, it’s the first item from search.

Launch Recovery Media Creator

Launch Recovery Media Creator

Make sure ‘Back up system files to the recovery drive’ option is checked. This is the whole advantage of just a System Repair Disc. USB Recovery Drive will include Windows system files in it, so you get the cleanest fresh Windows 10 installation when you recover PC using this method. On the other hand System Repair Disc only copies recovery tools and not windows system files, so chances of getting corrupted files possible depending on the state of Windows while recovering.

Ceate a Recovery Drive

Create a Recovery Drive

Windows will warn you that USB drive will be formatted completely. Click ‘Create’.

USB Format Warning

USB Format Warning

Wait for the process is finish. When finished, click ‘Finish’.

USB Recovery Media Creation Process

USB Recovery Media Creation Process

That’s it. Your Windows 10 USB Recovery Drive is ready to serve you whenever you want. Keep it in safe place from accidental use of it and make sure to label it for easy identification in future. It is very easy to lose track of it especially if you have several flash drives!

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Kiran Kumar

Hi there! Kiran Kumar is an Engineer by profession, and loves blogging primarily on Microsoft Windows operating system and also enjoys reviewing software and products. Currently, he is exploring Windows 10 and you will see a lot of articles on know-how about it. When he is not writing for TWP, he enjoys time with his Family, listens to lot of music, enjoys Biking, and occasionally plays racing games on Xbox One.