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How to create a Windows 8 USB recovery drive

Perform essential recovery and repair tasks on your Windows 8 PC with a USB recovery drive.

Ed Rhee

September 6, 2013 11:26 AM PDT

USB flash drives and Dell(Credit: Ed Rhee/CNET)

A bootable Windows 8 recovery drive will help you repair or restore your PC when and if problems arise. Though you can make a recovery DVD, USB flash drives less difficult more convenient and they are fairly inexpensive.

Here's how you can create a Windows 8 USB recovery drive on your PC:

Step 1: From the Windows 8 Start screen, type "recovery," then choose Settings to view the serp's under Settings. Select "Create a recovery drive" to begin the recovery drive tool.

Search for Windows 8 recovery tool

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Step 2: When the recovery drive tool appears, look into the box beside "Copy the recovery partition from the PC for the recovery drive" if you'd like the recovery tools that was included with your PC to get included inside the recovery drive. If the selection is grayed out, that means your PC does not have a recovery partition. Keep in mind that if you undertake copy the recovery partition, you'll need at least a 16GB USB flash drive. Without it, you can create do with just 256MB. Click Next to continue.

Create recovery drive(Credit: Screenshot by Ed Rhee/CNET)

Step 3: Make sure that the USB flash drive you use is empty which it turns up in the list of available drives. Any data left around the flash drive is going to be deleted from the recovery drive tool. When you get for the end from the wizard, go through the Create button and wait a few momemts for the drive to become created.

That's it. Now you can boot the Windows 8 USB recovery drive and perform a refresh, reset, system restore, system image recovery, and an automatic repair.

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