I always want to have as many life vests as I can with my computers. You never know what is going to happen to your computer in the future… or do you? Well I don’t, so this is a great little “How to” to help keep your computer working. The first thing I always do when I get a new computer is create a repair disc, or as Windows 8.1 calls it, a recovery drive. Before you do this, make sure you have a large USB drive. On my laptop I needed to get a 16 GB USB for this project. In this “how to” you will understand why I suggest this. Let’s get this started and show you how you can create your own USB recovery drive.
- First click on the windows icon in the bottom left hand corner of your computer screen.
- Next go to the far right of the screen. This is where you will find a search icoon at the top right of the screen. Click it.
- You must now type in the search box “recovery drive”. Now you should see right below the search box “Create a recovery drive”, click it.
- As always, User Account Control pops up. Click “Yes” to verify that you want to do this action.
- At this point make sure to have the USB you are going to use plugged in. Remember you will need a good size one. I had to buy a 16 GB to create mine.
- Now the “Create a recovery drive” box will appear. Here you want to make sure the “Copy the recovery partition from the PC to the recovery drive” box is checked.
- The checkbox is greyed out when your PC doesn’t have a recovery partition. The recovery drive will include only the recovery tools and a bootable image, but not a recovery image to use for refreshing or resetting your PC.
- Once you have checked this box click “Next”
- This next screen will tell how much space you well need on your USB.
- Now all you have to do is select the USB and click “NEXT”
- Your Windows program will now warn you that it will delete everything on the USB.
- If that is OK click “Create”
- The recovery image and necessary recovery tools will be copied to your USB flash drive, which will take a while, depending on your PC and the size of the recovery image.
- The last screen will pop up and say “The recovery drive is ready”, now just click finished.
Once this is done you have created yourself a USB recovery drive for you Windows 8.1. Trust me this will be a very useful tool to keep on hand.