4 Solutions for Windows 10 Can't Create Recovery Drive

Jean updated on Sep 23, 2019 to Todo Backup Resource | How-to Articles

Can't create a recovery drive after many attempts

"Today I tried to create a recovery USB drive but failed. I got the error message displaying in the below screenshot, it says 'We can't create a recovery drive' with the added information 'A problem occurred while creating the recovery drive'. I don't get to the screen to select the USB flash drive, so no indication of what the problem is about. It's a 64GB formatted USB drive by the way."

error we can't create a recovery drive

Reasons for not being able to create a recovery drive in Windows 

You can create an either USB flash drive or optical disc based recovery drive on a Windows platform, which lets you easily access a failing Windows system that won't boot. Regardless of how you create a recovery drive, sometimes the whole process doesn't accomplish as expected, and one of the commonly seen error Windows displays is about 'we can't create a recovery drive' without pointing out the exact error source.

So, you have to dig out by yourself, by learning some general reasons and making a preliminary judgment.

  • The option 'back up system files to the recovery drive' requires at least 16GB USB flash drive.
  • USB flash drive is with corruption problem that Windows can't format everything on the drive so as to create a recovery drive.
  • Windows file system has corrupted.

Solutions for can't create recovery drive in Windows 10, 8 or 7

Based on those mentioned causes that perhaps prevent you from creating a recovery drive in Windows successfully, here are 4 highly suggested solutions that proved to be useful when the recovery drive creation stuck, failed and sent error message 'We can't create a recovery drive'.

Solution 1. Prepare another USB flash drive

If you got an extra USB hard disk in your hand, go ahead replacing the current one and start afresh to create a recovery drive in the same way.

Solution 2. Check & repair USB disk errors

In the case that your flash drive has been using for several years and was formatted many times, it's necessary to check its health state and try to fix the bad sectors on it if found any.

Step 1. Press "Windows + X", click "Command Prompt (Admin)".

Step 2. In the Command Prompt window, type chkdsk E: /f /r /x. Here you should replace E with your drive letter.

If you don't have any technical know-how and want to minimize data risks, using third-party software could be a better choice. The Command line is suitable for computer professionals since wrong commands can cause severe problems. Therefore, we strongly recommend you try an automatic command line alternative.

EaseUS Tools M is a practical computer fixing tool that is safe and light-weighted. It's a perfect alternative to CHKDSK command. Use this one-click tool to solve your computer issues.

To fix file system error or disk error:

Step 1: DOWNLOAD EaseUS Tools M for Free and install it.

Step 2: Open the software and select the "File showing" option. 

Step 3: Choose the drive and wait for repairing. After the operation completes, click the "View" button to check the drive. 

select the drive and check off file system error

Solution 3. Check & repair system files corruption

Try to run a System File Checker (SFC) scan to check for any file corruption. SFC scan will scan for corrupt system files on the computer and repair them.

Step 1. Press "Windows + X", click "Command Prompt (Admin)".

Step 2. In the Command Prompt, type the command sfc /scannow and then press "Enter".

Solution 4. Create a USB recovery drive in another way

We think a third-party bootable USB creation tool as the last resort to solve the problem of Windows can't create a recovery drive. When you find no reason and the corresponding solution to troubleshoot the displayed error, try EaseUS file backup software to create EaseUS Todo Backup bootable disk, which works the same as a Windows USB recovery drive for the purpose of disaster recovery and boot from USB on a Windows 10 PC.

Step 1. Launch EaseUS Todo Backup. Expand the menu and click "System Clone" in the lower position.

click system clone

Step 2. On the "System clone" window, the software will choose the system partition and boot partition by default. Just Choose the USB drive as the destination disk. 

Click on "Advanced options" and then "Create Portable Windows USB drive". Click "OK".

choose the usb drive to create a portable windows usb drive

Click "Proceed". The software will start immediately cloning the default partitions of your desktop/laptop to the USB drive. After the cloning process is over, you can safely plug the USB drive out.

start to create portable windows usb drive

Step 3. To boot the cloned system from the USB drive on other Windows devices, just connect the drive to the device. After the connection, wait for the computer configuring system settings and you will finally arrive at the desktop screen that's exactly the same with that of the cloned system.

Put the "username" and "password" of the cloned system. You should now successfully enter the cloned system.


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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.

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