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How to Create Windows 10/8/7 Repair Disk or Recovery Drive (3 Ways)

Updated by Daisy on Apr 21, 2021
Written by Tracy King

Most Windows users choose to reinstall the computer or clean install Windows 10 when they meet system failure or system crash problems. However, reinstalling the Windows system may erase some of your essential data on PC, causing a serious result that you will never find a way to fix. 

Fortunately, Microsoft has considered this problem with a foresight solution for it, which is to create a Windows recovery drive or a system repair disk in case an unexpected system failure or crash occurs. So how to create a Windows 10 repair disk for your PC? Here below, you'll find the wanted answers.

Workable Solutions Step-by-step Troubleshooting
Fix 1. Create A Recovery Drive with Built-in Tool
  1. Insert the USB drive into your computer.
  2. In Windows 10 Control Panel, click "Recovery"...Full steps
Fix 2. Create Windows 10 Boot Repair Disk via EaseUS
  1. Process 1. Create a Windows 10/8/7 System Image
  2. Process 2. Create an Emergency Disk
  3. Process 3. Restore Windows 10...Full steps
Fix 3. Create System Repair Disk If You Can't Boot
  1. Step 1. Create a WinPE bootable disk. 
  2. Step 2. Rebuild MBR...Full steps

Part 1. Create A Recovery Drive in Windows 10/8/7 (Built-in Tool)

It's a good idea to create a recovery drive. That way, if your PC ever experiences a major issue such as hardware failure, you'll be able to use the recovery drive without reinstalling Windows 10/8/7. 

Microsoft offers Windows 10/8/7 users a way to create a system repair or boot drive under different systems. And it's called Windows recovery drive in Windows 10/8, and a different name called system repair disk in Windows 7. Let's see how to create a system repair disk or boot drive with Microsoft solutions under Windows 10/8/7.

To create a Windows 10 recovery drive using Windows 10 built-in feature:

Prepare an 8GB to 16GB USB drive

Step 1. Insert the USB drive into your computer. In Windows 10 Control Panel, click "Recovery".

create a Windows 10 recovery USB using the built-in tool - 1

Step 2. You'll arrive at the Advanced recovery tools area, choose "Create a recovery drive".

create a Windows 10 recovery USB using the built-in tool - 2

Step 3. Tick the option "Back up system files to the recovery drive" if you wish to use the drive to reinstall Windows or restore a previous version of Windows. Click "Next".

If you back up system files to this drive, you'll also be able to use it to reinstall Windows. If you chose not to back up system files when you created your recovery drive, Reset this PC, and Recover from a drive won't be available.

create a Windows 10 recovery USB using the built-in tool - 3

Step 4. Wait until the wizard prepares to copy files to your flash drive. Select your USB flash drive as the recovery drive and click "Next".

Step 5. Confirm the warning message that "everything on the drive will be deleted. If you have any personal files on this drive, make sure you've backed up the files" and click "Create".

Step 6. When the final message "The recovery drive is ready" appears, click "Finish".

To restore Windows 10 from the recovery USB:

After the creation, you can restore Windows 10 from the recovery USB. Here are the steps to recover Windows 10 using the Windows 10 recovery USB.

Step 1. Connect the recovery drive and turn on your PC.

Step 2. Select "Troubleshoot" and choose one recovery option.

  • Restore from a system restore point by selecting "Advanced Options" > "System Restore". This will remove recently installed apps, drivers, and updates that might be causing your PC problems, but it won't affect your personal files.
  • Select "Reset this PC" and then choose to keep or remove your files.
  • Select "Recover from a drive". This will reinstall Windows 10, and it'll also remove your personal files, apps, and drivers you installed, and changes you made to settings.

restore Windows 10 from the recovery USB drive

However, the Windows restore point is a system snapshot function, which cannot fully guarantee the system backup. It is almost impossible to restore the backup when the snapshot is damaged, or the current computer is unusable. Thus, you can create a Windows 10 recovery drive with the help of professional backup and recovery software.

Part 2. Create Windows 10 Boot Repair Disk via EaseUS

As mentioned, the Windows 10 repair USB created by the built-in tool (recovery media creator) will not work on different systems. EaseUS Todo Backup can save system backup images to an external disk, network disk, and other storage devices. Download this system backup tool and create a system image step-by-step.

  1. Process 1. Create a Windows 10/8/7 System Image
  2. Process 2. Create an Emergency Disk with EaseUS Todo Backup
  3. Process 3. Restore Windows 10 Using the Recovery USB Drive

Process 1. Create a Windows 10/8/7 System Image

Before your computer goes crashed or gets corrupted, you need to make a system backup with EaseUS Todo BackUp in advance. 

  • Reliable data protection for the business of all sizes and environments
  • Simple, powerful, and efficient. Award-winning backup solution since 2009.
  • Flexible backup scheduling, compression, and instant restoring.
  • Booting into a computer with an emergency disk even the PC is unbootable.

Step 1. To backup only Windows 10 on your computer, please directly choose the option "OS" on the home screen.

choose system backup

Step 2. Now the new window pops up, where you can customize your own Windows 10 backup by choosing a backup location(HDD, USB hard disk, network drives, Cloud drives...), adding a plan name and text description to it. 

choose a backup location to backup windows 10

Since it's about backing up OS, it's significant to turn on the "Schedule", where you can enable an automatic Windows 10 backup at a set time like daily, monthly...or upon an event, telling the Windows 10 backup to start when system startup, system shutdown, user logon or user log off.

schedule windows 10 backup

Step 3. Once all the basic settings were made, click "Proceed". Wait for a while you will create a full Windows 10 backup to protect your system from unexpected disasters.

Note: To backup Windows 10 to an external storage device, you must ensure that the storage device has been correctly connected to your computer in advance. Click the "Browse" button in the "Destination" area, you can choose the connected hard disks as a backup location. Also, the software supports many more paths to save your Windows 10 backup, including the cloud devices of OneDrive, GoogleDrive and DropBox, and Network/NAS devices.

Process 2. Create an Emergency Disk with EaseUS Todo Backup

To make sure that you can boot from a USB drive, you need to create a WinPE emergency disk with EaseUS Todo Backup.

EaseUS Todo Backup supports boot disk types of a USB drive, CD/DVD disc, and an ISO file.

  • EaseUS Todo Backup emergency disk lets you restore your computer from one backup when Windows becomes unable to boot normally, with which you can restore operating system and files without booting into Windows.

Step 1. Prepare a USB drive which can be written and read.

connet the USB to computer to create emergency disk

Step 2. Launch and install EaseUS Todo Backup on the Computer B

Step 3. Open the tool and click "Tools" > "Create Emergency Disk".

create WinPE emergency disk

Step 4. Select "Create WinPE emergency disk".

Step 5. Select a bootable media type: here we choose USB drive.

create emergency disk to a usb

Step 6. Click "Proceed" to create a bootable disk.

Process 3. Restore Windows 10 Using the Recovery USB Drive

Then, you need to boot from the emergency disk and restore Windows 10/8/7.

Step 1. Connect the Windows recovery USB drive to your computer and keep tapping "F2" while turning on your PC. Choose to boot from EaseUS Todo Backup.

Step 2. After accessing EaseUS Todo Backup, choose your system image or other backup images and click "Recovery".

Part 3.  Create System Repair Disk If You Can't Boot

Under some situations where the system cannot start, you may not need to restore the backup because those startup problems may be caused by MBR errors, partition drive letter loss, etc. In this case, you can use EaseUS Partition Master to create a bootable disk and rebuild MBR if you have boot problems.

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Step 1. Create a WinPE bootable disk

  • Launch EaseUS Partition Master, click "WinPE Creator" on the toolbar. Select to create the bootable disk on a USB drive. If your computer has a CD/DVD drive, you can also create the bootable disk to CD/DVD.
  • Click "Proceed" to finish the process.
create a bootable disk

Step 2. Boot EaseUS Partition Master Bootable USB

  • Connect the bootable USB or CD/DVD to your PC. 
  • Press F2 or Del when you restart the computer to enter the BIOS screen. Set and boot your computer from "Removable Devices" or "CD-ROM Drive". And then EaseUS Partition Master will run automatically.
rebuild MBR

Step 3. Rebuild MBR

  • Right-click the disk whose MBR is damaged. Choose "Rebuild MBR" to continue.
  • Select the type of MBR with the current operating system. Then, click "OK".
rebuild MBR
  • Click the "Execute Operation" button at the top-left corner and click "Apply" to build the MBR. After that, your computer can boot normally again.
rebuild MBR

Conclusion

That's all about how to create Windows 10 system repair disk. If you have booting problems, download EaseUS partition manager software and rebuild MBR if you have boot problems.

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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.

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Written 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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