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How to Copy/Move Recovery Partition to USB or Another Hard drive [2 Ways]

Updated by Tracy King on Mar 18, 2021
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Can you copy a recovery partition to another hard drive? On this page, you'll learn two different ways to copy and move recovery partition to USB or another hard drive in Windows 10/8/7. Let's start.

Overview of Recovery Partition

A recovery partition is a volume existing on the system disk with no drive letter. It contains important system recovery information that when a disaster attacks or system failure occurs, you can apply the recovery partition to perform factory reset on a Windows computer. Mostly, it's shipped with a new laptop or desktop, and sometimes it is automatically generated when you install Windows OS.

Image of Recovery Partition

Read Also: Steps to Factory Reset Windows 10

Advantages of Copying Recovery Partition to USB or Another Drive

So why are many users attempting to copy or move copy recovery partition to USB, new hard drive, or SSD? Below are two common reasons and advantages of moving recovery partitions:

1. Free Up Disk Space

Sometimes, the recovery partition takes up much space. Moving it to a bootable USB or external hard drive helps to free up local disk space.

2. Protect Recovery Partition Information

Sometimes, the entire computer hard disk can go down and won't boot due to logical or physical errors. Moving recovery partition to a new hard drive or bootable USB can protect recovery partition information and rescue the computer from the worst scenarios.

How-to Tutorial: Copy Recovery Partition to USB or New Hard Drive [2 Ways]

According to different needs, here we collected two efficient ways that can help. Pick a suitable method and follow to safely copy and move the recovery partition to a target device -  USB drive or another drive now.

Method 1. Copy Recovery Partition to USB with Windows Built-in Tool

Applies to: Copy recovery partition to USB.            

  • Source: Microsoft Support 

Windows has a built-in tool for making repaired copies of Windows. It's a good way for users to back up the recovery partition. It's also known as creating USB recovery drive. This method is officially provided by Microsoft that you can apply this method to copy recovery partition to USB drive.

Needed Tools:  A USB flash drive, external hard drive, empty, bigger than 16GB (suggested), FAT32.

Here are the detailed steps to copy recovery partition to USB with Windows Built-in tool:

Step 1. Right-click the Windows icon on your computer and click "Search".

Step 2. Enter recovery drive in the search box, and then select "Create a recovery drive".

Open the create recovery drive app

Step 3. Check "Copy the recovery partition from the PC to the recovery drive" when the recovery drive tool opens, and then select "Next".

Step 4. Insert a USB flash drive or external disk into your PC, select it and then select "Next".

Select USB to create the recovery drive

Step 5. Select "Create". It will start to copy the recovery partition to the USB or hard drive.

Confirm to create recovery drive

Note: If you want to delete the recovery partition to free up space on your disk, continue with the following steps. If not, you may stop here.

Step 6. When the process completes, to remove recovery partition and free up disk space, select "Delete the recovery partition".

Step 7. Then select "Delete". When the removal is done, select "Finish".

Step 8. Remove the USB drive.

Now, you can reset or restore your system from the recovery USB anytime without a recovery partition on your computer.

1. To make the recovery USB work anytime, keep it in a safe place and don't save other files or data on it.
2. If you upgraded the computer to Windows 10, while the USB recovery drive contains an older OS. Remember to upgrade to Windows 10 after you refresh or reset your PC with the drive.

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Sometimes, users may fail to copy the recovery partition to the USB drive with the "we can't create the recovery drive" error. Click and fix it here.

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Method 2. Clone/Move Recovery Partition to Another Drive with EaseUS Cloning Software

Applies to: Copy recovery partition to USB or another drive, clone recovery partition to an SSD.

Another efficient way that you can try is to turn to third-party tools for help. Here, we recommend you try EaseUS system backup software - Todo Backup. Check what EaseUS backup software can do for you:

  • Copy recovery partition to the USB drive.
  • Clone everything in the recovery partition to another drive - HDD/SSD.
  • Easy & Fast: 1-click to copy and move recovery partition.
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Compared to Windows built-in recovery tool, this software with its disk/partition clone feature is more reliable in copying and moving recovery partition. Download the software and see how to copy recovery partition to a new hard drive or USB drive:

(The guide below shows you how to clone a partition to another drive. Change the target device if you need.)

Tools: An external USB drive, another hard drive or SSD, empty. Connect the external drive to your PC first.

Step 1. Launch EaseUS Todo Backup and click "Clone". Select one partition or several partitions that you want to clone and click "Next".

choose one partition or several partitions to clone

Step 2. Select destination - new disk (HDD/SSD) to save cloned partitions with data, then click "Next".

If your destination disk is an SSD, check to "Optimize for SSD" to improve SSD performance.

set the SSD as your destination

Step 3. Then click "Proceed" to execute all operations and clone one or multiple partitions into new disk drive.

start to clone your partitions to SSD


  • Sector by sector backup - All the data sectors and blank ones are to be backed up with Sector by sector backup checked. It is useful when file system error occurs. It slows down the backup speed with a relatively larger image compared with normal backup.
  • Destination - Click the folder icon to modify your backup destination.
  • Plan name and Description - An accurate plan name and appropriate description will help you distinguish easily.
  • A schedule is to create an automatic backup plan.
  • Backup options are to edit the advanced parameters.
  • Image-reserve strategy is to reserve the limited image as per image retention rule.
After this, you can delete the old recovery partition to free up the disk space now. If you can't delete it, click and follow this link for help: Delete OEM Partition.

Bonus Tip: Recovery Partition Alternative - Create OS Backup

According to some reason, sometimes, the recovery partition may not 100% work on your computer when you want to refresh or restore your computer to a previous healthy state.

That's why we come up with the bonus tip here. A recovery partition alternative resolution - to create an OS backup of your computer.

EaseUS Todo Backup with its OS backup feature makes the process easy for all levels of users. Follow this video tutorial to create a backup of your Windows 10/8/7 now:

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Copy and Move Recovery Partition Is Possible, Start Now

On this page, we explained what is recovery partition and what people mainly use it for. When your system drive is out of space or in order to protect the recovery partition information, you can copy and move the recovery partition to USB or another drive.

To do so, you have two ways to go: 1. Turn to Windows built-in tool - Recovery Drive; 2. Let EaseUS Todo Backup with its disk partition clone feature help.

For Windows beginners, we would like to recommend you try EaseUS Todo Backup. Copying and moving the recovery partition to USB or another drive is possible. Take your steps and let's start now.

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Updated by Tracy King

Tracy joined in EaseUS in 2013 and has been working with EaseUS content team for over 7 years. Being enthusiastic in computing and technology, she writes tech how-to articles and share technical solutions about Windows & Mac data recovery, file/system backup and recovery, partition management and iOS/Android data recovery.

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Written by Roxanne

Roxanne is one of the main contributors to EaseUS and has created multiple posts on digital devices like PCs, Mobile phones, tablets, Mac, etc. She loves to share ideas with people of the same interest.

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