How to Create Recovery Disk in Windows 11

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The post guides students and new users on creating a recovery drive in Windows 11 to restore or repair the system when needed. It emphasizes the importance of creating a system image, essentially a complete backup of your PC’s hard drive. Additionally, it also underscores the necessity of creating a corresponding recovery disk whenever a system image is made. The step-by-step procedure for creating a recovery drive is detailed and advice on securely storing these tools is imparted.

This post shows students and new users steps to create a recovery drive in Windows 11 to restore or repair Windows when disaster strikes.

We recently wrote a post that showed you how to create a system image in Windows 11. A system image is no good unless you can use it to restore your system.

You can read that post here.

In that post, we said that creating a system image takes a complete backup of everything on your PC’s hard drive – similar to taking a snapshot of your entire drive, system files, and everything. You can then take that image and store it somewhere safe and secure.

If you need to restore your computer, use the backup image.

To restore a PC using a Windows system image, you’ll need a recovery disk that helps boot Windows into advanced startup options when your PC doesn’t boot, or you simply want to restore a system from a back image.

It is recommended that whenever you create a system image, you should also create a recovery disk to restore Windows when disaster strikes.

Creating a recovery drive will allow you to boot from the USB drive and reach the advanced startup options. You can use the tools to troubleshoot and restore Windows from a system image.

How to create a recovery drive to restore system image in Windows 11

As mentioned above, you’ll need a recovery drive to restore a system image in Windows. You should also create a recovery disk whenever you create a system image.

Follow the steps below to create a recovery drive.

Windows recommends having at least 8GB drive, 16GB recommended. Insert the drive into the computer USB slot.

In Windows 11, click on the Start menu, then search “Recovery Drive,” as highlighted below. Select the app to open.

Windows will automatically search your computer for a suitable drive when the app opens. Once the drive is located, click Next to continue.

When will then prompt you that the drive will be formatted and that everything on the drive will be deleted? If the drive contains personal files and data, back them up before erasing them.

Once ready, click the “Create” button.

Depending on the speed of your computer, this process might take hours. After that, the drive should be created and ready to use.

Once complete, store the recovery disk and the system image backup in a secure and safe place.

How to recover system image in Windows 11

If you want to recover from a disaster or simply rebuild a new PC using the system image, use the recovery disk to boot. The recovery disk will help you boot into Windows Advanced options.

The advanced startup options have many tools, including System Restore, System Image Recovery, Automatic Repair, Command Prompt, and Windows Startup Settings.

That’s it!


This post showed you how to create a recovery disk in Windows 11 to restore a broken computer with a system image. If you find any error above, please use the comment form below to report.

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  1. going to windows 11 is almost like learning the computer again after using windows 10 all these years . a little frustrating at times but i will learn the new stuff eventually

  2. can i use a sd card? my first time doing this it says my 16gb USB drive is to small
    formatted it’s like 14+ GB so i have an old SD card Samsung 32gb i’ve decided to try it will let you know if it woeks and i can boot from it

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