Copy Recovery Partition to USB or Another Hard Drive

How to Copy Recovery Partition to USB or Another Hard Drive

A damage in a hard drive can make the Windows recovery partition inaccessible. In this post I will teach you how to create a copy of the recovery partition in Windows 10 on another device to prevent and fix any failure of the operating system.

Jul 20, 2020 • Filed to: Take Data Backup • Proven solutions


Loss of information or data corruption can lead to a host of problems. Many times, this is the reason that Windows fails to start properly. Fortunately, Windows has a recovery tool, which is stored in an exclusive partition on your hard drive. When your operating system finds flaws in the integrity of its files, it will ask you to run the recovery tool. However, there is a possibility that the source of the problem is related to a physical failure, and to prevent this from leading to a larger problem, it is recommended to back up the recovery partition.

Part 1: How to Copy Recovery Partition to USB or Another Hard Drive

Q: I have a hard drive that is failing and I would like to move the recovery partition to another disk, is this possible?

When you install Windows 10 from scratch, a recovery partition is created. This partition stores information necessary to repair the integrity of the operating system in the event that it fails and for this reason, it is stored in a separately protected partition. However, this partition is equally vulnerable to failure due to physical damage that may be originated because of multiple factors and it is for this reason that many users choose to replace their hard drives, leaving behind all their information. There have been cases in which people lose very important information just for not having in mind to back up of recovery partition in some removable storage device. Remember that formatting a drive will deleted forever any documents and files of great importance without the possibility of being recovered unless you have backed up the information or you have the assistance of a professional data recovery service.

Fortunately, there are methods to repair the operating system, however, many of them can be difficult tasks, but there is a very effective way to prevent such problems. Creating a backup copy of the recovery partition can easily help you repair your operating system without the need for any additional process. You must keep in mind that making a recovery partition copy must be a constant process, since the files are updated daily and if you do not make backups frequently, you may lose important information. Later you will know how easy it is to do this procedure.

Part 2: Advantages of Copying Recovery Partition to USB or Another Hard Drive

Considering that Recovery partition is one of the most reliable ways to fix the most common problems that prevent your operative system to run successfully, creating a copy of the recovery partition has some advantages that will give you several benefits. Next, I will explain you a couple of them:

  1. Free up disk space: If you decide to create a copy of the recovery partition on another disk or removable storage device, you can use the space that was originally designated to store the recovery information. This could be relevant to users, especially those who need to free up disk space and they don’t have another drive with great space.
  2. Protect recovery partition information: Some users decide to create a copy of the recovery partition in order to prevent it from being damaged by either virus or data corruption due to physical failure. This is an excellent idea since this way you will be sure of having an infallible recovery device and you will be prepared if some unexpected event happens. Remember that making backups of your information is something that will let you work in a calmer way, the risk of losing it will decrease a lot. Most users are not used to back up their data, even less copying the recovery partition of their computers, next I will show you how to perform this process in a very simple and practical way.

Part 3: Copy Recovery Partition to USB or Another Hard Drive with Windows Built-In Tool

Windows has a built-in tool for making repair copies of Windows. This is the best way to make a backup of your Recovery Partition every time you need. For this you will only need a storage device such as a flash drive, an external hard drive, an SD card or a micro SD card. Next, I will show you how to do it.

Step 1: Format the device


Once you have connected the storage device, you will need to format it, this is important because your storage device may contain files that hinder the process, by formatting the storage unit, it will automatically erase its files and it will be as if you were using it for the first time. Once the format process has been completed select “NTFS” as the format and choose your favorite name for the device (in this case, I used "Windows 10 Recovery" as the name).

Step 2: Open “Recovery”


Open the Windows menu and type "Recovery", once this is done, click on the shortcut of the tool.

Step 3: Click on “Create a recovery drive”


Once you are in the “Recovery” section, you will see a list of recovery tools, among which is “Create a recovery drive.” Click on this option, the tool will be open automatically.

Step 4: Follow the steps


The “Create a recovery drive” tool will assist you at all times during the creation of the recovery device, simply follow the steps that are shown to you. (Remember to check the “Back up system files to the recovery drive” box and choose the correct storage device that you want to convert to a recovery drive).

Part 4: Copy Recovery Partition to USB or Hard Drive with Backup Software

There is a fairly simple way to create a recovery device with the help of specialized data backup software. With AOMEI you will be able to carry out this process with great ease; you will be able to schedule automatic backup processes for the folders you want, minimizing the risk of information loss and data corruption, while keeping your information well organized. It is highly recommended to have this software because this way you will forget how annoying it is to do manual backups continuously. Using this program is very simple, below I will show you how to make a system backup using this software. Next, I will show you how to do it step by step.

Step 1: Click on “System Backup”


Once you have opened the application, go to the "Backup" section and then click on the "System Backup" option.

Step 2: Choose a location


Here you can select the device you want to convert to a recovery drive. Click on the folder icon and select the location.

Step 3: Click on “Start Backup”


Once you have selected the destination location, click the "Start Backup" button. It's that easy to create a recovery drive with AOMEI, in addition, this tool allows you to automate the backup processes by clicking on the clock icon "Schedule." In this way you can configure the tool to perform automatic backups every month, week or day and thus always have an updated backup. This is the best advantage of AOMEI over Windows Recovery tool or other applications that allows you to back up your information, once you have it and configured it, you will not need to be concerned about making backups frequently.

As you could see, having a backup of your recovery partition is something that you must have to do. Having a software such as AOMEI installed not only ensures that your recovery partition files will be backed up, you can use AOMEI Backupper tool to make backups of any kind of information that you deem necessary, such as images, documents, videos, etc. It definitely makes you work calmer without having to worry about backing up from time to time thanks to its schedule feature.


The Windows recovery partition is an extremely important tool; however, it can become useless if the disk on which it is stored becomes damaged. Having an external recovery device is an excellent idea that will allow you to solve these types of problems with great ease and as you may have noticed, it is quite simple to create a recovery unit on an external device and with the help of AOMEI you will make this process even easier. In addition, AOMEI can be used to automate the backup process of any kind of information with just a couple of clicks.

Amy Dennis

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