In order to save you the hassle of having to format the whole hard drive or seek help to recover lost files in the event of frequent PC crash and/or due to booting issues, we have come up with solutions that will assist you to easily create recovery drive or disc to restore Windows 10/8/7. Windows 10 is less prone to crashes compared to previous versions of the Microsoft OS but still its better to be on the safer side. Windows users should know how to create recovery disc to easily restore lost files and data on Windows PC.
Backup of data and files can be helpful to restore important data in case of problem with the operating system on computer. But what if something irremediable happens to your Windows PC/laptops that even normal backup solutions fail to recover data. In such cases having backup of entire operating system on external storage device makes a whole lot more sense.
Luckily there is an easy fix to restore Windows OS back to workable condition after data loss or file corruption. See below some of the prerequisites before moving on to the solution part, make sure that you have following items:
- USB flash drive or external hard drive (both with minimum 8 GB space)
- Working copy of Windows OS
- CD/DVD drive and Disc
How to create Windows 10/8/7 Repair Disc for Data Recovery:
Follow steps below:
- In Windows 10 & 8 search ‘back up and restore (windows 7)’ and on Windows 7 type ‘system repair disk’ in the search box. Then click ‘create a system repair disc‘ in the option window.
- When a new window prompting create a system repair disc show up, insert disk and click ‘create disc‘ button.
- Wait for a few minutes for the process to complete.
- You can choose to keep the default disc name or rename it to the one you prefer.
- All done.
How to create USB recovery drive on Windows 10/8/7 for Restoring Lost Data:
Here are the steps for creating USB data recovery flash drive on Windows 10/8/7 PC/laptops to recover lost data and media files.
- On Windows 10 & 8 in the search box on the taskbar type ‘recovery drive’ and select the option ‘create a recovery drive‘ from the search result list. You can also access the option from control panel > recovery > create a recovery drive
- On recovery drive window, you will be presented with two options to either backup system files or create regular backup. System files take up to 8GB USB drive space while regular backup takes 512 MB. With full system files backup you can restore entire OS back to normal condition.
- Select the USB flash drive from the list that you want to create as recovery drive. All existing data on recovery drive will be formatted before creating bootable drive, so save all existing drive data before proceeding.
- Just follow on-screen instructions from hereon until Windows completes creating recovery USB flash drive. Usually it takes anywhere around 20 minutes depending on your PC processor speed and memory.
- You will now see a new USB flash drive icon named ‘Recovery’ on File Explorer Window which contains OS backup files from where you can restore it later in case current version malfunctions.
How to use Recovery Disc or Drive for restoring Windows:
After creating backup recovery disc and USB flash drive by following above mentioned methods you can use them to boot Windows if it’s not loading normally. Windows 10 & 8 automatically show advanced startup menu if Windows is having trouble booting. On Advanced Startup menu go to troubleshoot > recover from a drive. After this PC will boot operating system from USB flash drive or disc, whichever you select from list, to start Windows. Make sure Recovery USB drive is connected or Repair Disc is inserted in CD/DVD drive before booting from advanced startup menu.
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