How to create a recovery drive in Windows 11?

Windows is a lot more stable than a few years ago. However, it’s still possible that Windows won’t start for some reason. What do you do then? Making a recovery drive on a USB drive is one solution.

A system copy is good enough if your Windows is corrupt, but you can boot to the desktop. But if you cannot boot Windows, you cannot use it to restore your Windows 11 computer.

If you want to restore your computer, you need a recovery disk and the system copy to fully restore Windows. With a recovery disk, you can boot from the USB drive and get the advanced boot options. In addition, you can use the tools to troubleshoot or restore Windows from a system copy.

How to create a recovery drive in Windows 11?

Click the magnifying glass in the taskbar. In the search box, type: recovery drive. Then, click on the recovery drive result.

Recovery drive in Windows 11

Now insert a USB drive into the computer with at least 16GB of free disk space. The USB drive will be set up as a recovery drive. This will allow you to boot into Windows problems and solve the problems through the Advanced boot options.

Click next.

Create a recovery drive

Please wait. The recovery drive is being prepared.

Select the available USB drive. If the drive is shown, the USB drive is appropriate to use as a recovery drive. Click on next.

The USB drive is not found? Try formatting the USB drive as NTFS and assigning a drive letter. The media recovery creation tool will guide you.

Select the USB drive

All data on the USB drive will be lost. If necessary, back up the files on the USB drive. Then, click Create to continue creating the recovery disk for Windows 11.

Utilities and system files are created on the recovery disk. Creating the recovery disk takes a while.

Creating the recovery drive

I hope this has helped you. Thank you for reading!

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