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

Check this tutorial on how to copy recovery partition to USB or a new hard drive in Windows 10/8/7. Try it to copy hp, Dell, Asus......recovery partition to bootable USB, another hard drive, SSD, or external HDD.

  Free Download

Support Windows 11/10/8/7

100% Secure
Updated by Daisy on Feb 22, 2023
Written by Tracy King

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.

Workable Solutions Step-by-step Troubleshooting
Fix 1. Using Windows Built-in Tool Right-click the Windows icon on your computer...Full steps
Fix 2. Using EaseUS Software  On the main page, find and click "Tools". You...Full steps

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

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.

You May Also Interest:

related articles

We Can't Create Recovery Drive

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.

Image of we can't create recovery drive

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.

  Free Download

Support Windows 11/10/8/7

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. On the main page, find and click "Tools". You can see clone and other utilities.

system clone step1

Step 2. Choose the source disk or partition, click "Next".

clone disk step2

Step 3. Then you need to choose the target disk. Make sure the target disk is larger than the source disk or partition.

clone disk step3

Step 4. A warning window will inform you that clone would permanently wipe out all data on the target disk/partition, if you want to start clone, click "Continue."

clone disk step4

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:

  Free Download

Support Windows 11/10/8/7

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.

  Free Download

Support Windows 11/10/8/7

Was This Page Helpful?

Updated by Daisy

Daisy is the Senior editor of the writing team for EaseUS. She has been working in EaseUS for over ten years, starting from a technical writer to a team leader of the content group. As a professional author for over 10 years, she writes a lot to help people overcome their tech troubles.

Read full bio

Written by Tracy King

Tracy joined in EaseUS in 2013 and has been working with EaseUS content team for over 10 years. Being enthusiastic in computing and technology, she writes tech how-to articles and share technical solutions to resolve Windows & Mac data recovery, data backup, partition management, data transfer, Windows update issues, etc.

Read full bio

Product Reviews

TrustScore 4.7 | 47 reviews
  • Taking everything into consideration, we can say that EaseUS Todo Backup Home can offer you a little extra sense of security with a set of advanced tools. The interface provides quick adaptation, every process guiding you all the way through so you don't get stuck or further damage your system rather than keeping it safe.

    Read More
  • EaseUS Todo Backup Free lets you create backups of your important files or your entire computer through its streamlined interface. Just choose the backup type you'd like to get started, and let the program do the reset.

    Read More
  • EaseUS includes all the features I expect from backup software like versioning, incremental backups, and scheduling. For more advanced users, EaseUS allows you to install a pre-boot environment onto your hard drive so you can use it to restore files without burning a CD or putting it on an external USB drive.

    Read More


EaseUS Todo Backup

Smart backup tool for your files and entire computer in Windows 10/8/7.

Product Reviews

Install Windows on Multiple Computers at Once? No Problem!

Learn how to install Windows 11/10/7 and special programs/software on a batch of computers. Use 10 minutes to do the 10 hours work without making a single mistake!

Get Free Solution!