How to Copy/Move Recovery Partition to USB or Another Hard drive

Roxanne updated on Apr 02, 2019 to Backup and Recovery | How-to Articles

How do I copy dell recovery partition to USB or a new hard drive

"I own a 32GB Dell Venue 8 Pro that runs Windows 10. Out of the box, I get just a little over 10GB of free space. The reason is due to the Recovery Partitions installed by Dell. Is there any way to copy recovery partition to USB or another drive in Windows 10?"


A recovery partition is a part of your hard drive existing with no drive letter that contains important information for system recovery when a disaster attacks unexpectedly. It sometimes comes with a new laptop or desktop, and sometimes is created automatically when you install Windows OS. However, for some reasons, many users attempt to copy or move copy recovery partition to USB, new hard drive or SSD.

Advantages of copying recovery partition to USB or another hard drive

1. Free up disk space

Sometimes, the recovery partition takes up much space. Moving it to 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 because it is badly damaged or dead. Transferring recovery partition to a new hard drive or bootable USB helps you make full preparation for this worst case disaster recovery scenarios.

Copy recovery partition to USB or another hard drive with Windows built-in tool

There is a built-in tool with which you can clone your recovery partition elsewhere. Here is the way:

Step 1. Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, and then tap "Search". (If you're using a mouse, point to the lower-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer up, and then click "Search".)

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

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".

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

Copy recovery partition to USB or another hard drive with EaseUS free backup software

For most users, it is not an easy job to copy recovery partition to USB or another hard drive using the first method. Here, we would like to recommend you to manage this job using EaseUS free backup software, a third-party software with disk clone feature. Now you can download the free software and follow the tutorial below to copy HP, Dell, Asus......recovery partition to new hard drive or bootable USB. 

To copy Recovery Partition to USB or another hard drive (The guide below shows you how to clone a partition to another drive. Change the target device if you need.), follow these steps:

Step 1. Launch EaseUS Todo Backup Free 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 for free.

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.

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What is the difference between Clone and Backup? In what cases should I use Clone?

Clone will copy one disk to another or one partition to another (unallocated space is also supported). Usually, this option is used to upgrade the current disk by creating an identical copy. Backup will generate a .PBD image file containing the selected files or system that can be restored from the .PBD image if needed.

What is the difference between System Backup and Disk Backup?

System Backup will auto-select the system boot related partition(s) as the backup source to make sure the system image can be restored properly. Disk/Partition Backup will allow you to manually select a whole disk or speficy a certain partition as the backup source. You will get the same backup result as System Backup if you manually select the system and boot partitions with the Disk/Partition Backup option.

As a computer newbie, what features should I use to protect my computer?

You can use System Backup to back up the system and boot partitions, use Disk/Partition backup to back up the data partition and add plans to run an automatic backup. If you use the computer frequently or have software that may cause boot failure of the computer, we would suggest you back up the computer every 1 to 2 days. For other situations, you can backup the computer once a week. In addition, you can schedule File Backup to back up the files which are changed frequently.

What kind of storage service should I use to save my backup images?

EaseUS Todo Backup can save backup images to internal disks, external disks, network drives, or free cloud(Google Drive, Dropbox, and OneDrive) and CD/DVD. It is suggested to save the images to the internal/external/network drives to save time as those kinds of disks have a better read-write speed. It is suggested NOT to save the image on the source disk, because once the disk is damaged, all the files on the disk will become unavailable and you will be unable to restore the image.

As a company network administrator, what features should I use to protect our internal computers?

It is recommended that you use the SQL Backup feature to back up your company's SQL server and Exchange Backup feature to back up the Exchange server. In addition, you can execute System Backup to back up the system and boot partitions on every computer and set a plan to execute the backup once a day or twice a week to ensure that the computer can be restored timely when it has boot issues. File Backup feature can be used to back up important user data. If there are a large quantity of computers, you can purchase EaseUS Backup Center to manage the backups on the client computers centrally.

About EaseUS Todo Backup

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