Create a USB Recovery Drive in Windows 8

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    A USB Recovery Drive can be created within Windows 8, that may be used to Refresh or Reset your PC in the event there is a problem with the recovery partition in the future. A USB Recovery Drive can also be useful to help save space on the main storage drive. In order to create a USB Recovery Drive, follow these steps:

    Check for a Recovery Partition

    1. Swipe in from the Right Edge of the screen, and tap Search(If using a mouse, point to the upper-right corner of the screen, then navigate to and click Search).

    2. Enter Commandin the search box, swipe down on or right-click Command Prompt, then tap or click Run as administrator(You may be prompted for the Admin password).

    3. Enter recimg /showcurrent, and press Enter.

    **If you see an error message stating "There is no active recovery image", you will need to create one before you can create a recovery drive.

    To Create a Recovery Partition(DoONLY if a recovery partition has not yet been created on the system)

    1. Swipe in from the Right Edge of the screen, and tapSearch(If using a mouse, point to the upper-right corner of the screen, then navigate to and clickSearch).

    2. EnterCommandin the search box, swipe down on or right-clickCommand Prompt, then tap or clickRun as administrator(You may be prompted for the Admin password).

    3. Create a folder for the recovery partition by entering mkdir C:\RefreshImage, then press Enter.

    4. Create an image in the folder created by entering recimg -CreateImage C:\RefreshImage, then press Enter.

    To Create a Recovery Drive

    Windows 8 and Windows RT contains a built-in tool for creating a USB recovery drive, which will indicate how large the recovery partition is going to be. A USB drive of at least that capacity will be needed to continue.

    **NOTE: Creating a USB Recovery drive will erase all data currently stored on the USB flash drive used. Be sure to transfer any important data from the USB flash drive to another storage device before using it to create a Recovery Drive. Once the Recovery Drive has been created, this USB flash drive should NOT be used to store any other data, and should be kept in a safe place for use in the future.

    1. Swipe in from the Right Edge of the screen, and tapSearch(If using a mouse, point to the upper-right corner of the screen, then navigate to and clickSearch).

    2. Enter Recoveryin the search box, tap or click Settings, then tap or click Create a recovery drive. (You may be prompted for the Admin password).

    3. When the recovery drive tool opens, check the box next to Copy the recovery partition from the PC to the recovery drive, then tap or click Next.

    Alternatively, a recovery CD or DVD may be created. In order to do this, uncheck the box next to Copy the recovery partition from the PC to the recovery drive, tap or click Next, then tap or click Create a system repair disc with a CD or DVD instead.

    4. Locate the size of the recovery partition, then insert a USB flash drive into the PC that is at least that size.

    5. Tap or click the USB drive you would like to use for the recovery disk, tap or click Next.

    6. Tap or click Create. (This process will take a few moments depending on the size of the partition.)

    7. Once the process has completed, do one of the following:

    • To keep the recovery partition intact on the PC, tap or click Finish
    • To remove the recovery partition from the PC to free up disc space, tap or click Delete the recovery partition. Then tap or click Delete. When the removal is done, tap or click Finish.

    8. Remove your USB flash drive.

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