How To Create System Recovery Drive In Windows 8

Be realistic and stop bluffing yourself! Do you really think your computer is safe from crashing even though it has been working fine for the past few years? The fact is, your computer will eventually crash, either now or later, but not never. The point is not about how or when your system crashes, it is about how to get it back to working state after it crashed. Sad to say, one of the most important thing that people fail (or forget) to do is to create a backup recovery drive that they can use when their system crashes. Today we are going to show you how to create a system recovery drive in Windows 8. This recovery drive will help us recover the system whenever Windows 8 becomes unstable.

Windows 8 comes with this feature built-in, so there is no need to install any other software. For this tutorial, you can use a CD/DVD ROM or a USB drive to create this recovery drive.

There are two ways to open the recovery drive creation tool in Windows 8. We will discuss both of them.

Method 1

If you want to open the recovery drive visually, you can open the Charms bar (WinKey + I) and search for “create recovery drive”. Click on “Create recovery drive” item under settings.


This will open the recovery drive wizard.

Method 2

The second method is straight forward. If you are used to using the Windows Run dialog like me, you can simply open Windows Run dialog (WinKey + R) and type the following command:


Click on the “Create a recovery drive” link to proceed.

Before clicking on the Next button, you should insert the media which you want to create as a recovery media. For this tutorial, I will use my USB pen drive. Please note that your USB drive or any other recovery media should have at least 256 MB of space in order to create the recovery drive.

Clicking on the “Next” button will automatically detect the USB drive and show you the drive letter. You can select the drive and click Next.


On the next screen you will get a warning that everything will be deleted on the USB drive. Since I have already backed up my drive, I will proceed by clicking the “Next” button.


Clicking on the “Create” button will actually start the process of creating the recovery drive. There is no user input involved after this point. The wizard will inform you of the successful creation of the recovery drive once it is done.


Now whenever you encounter a problem with Windows 8 boot, you can safely insert the USB drive that you have created and boot the computer using the USB drive. The recovery process is automated so you don’t have to worry about the technicalities of the process. Just follow the wizard which will guide you through the rest of the process.

What methods do you use to backup your data? Please share your thoughts in comments.

Usman Khurshid

Usman is a technology enthusiast and loves tweaking Microsoft products. In addition to MakeTechEasier, he contributes regularly to