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Ways You Can Create a Recovery Partition on Windows 10

If you want to create a recovery partition on Windows 10, here are the two methods you can use.
Theo Lucia
Theo Lucia Originally published Mar 29, 24, updated May 14, 24

Partitions are portions of your hard drive that are separated and treated individually by your operating system. All files needed to guide the restoration of your system and system backup files are located on this partition.

If you're using Windows 10, your computer might have one already installed. However, if there isn't one, you can create it yourself.

In this post, we'll give you all the methods to create a recovery partition on Windows 10.

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Why Create a Recovery Partition on Windows 10?

Recovery partition is separated from the rest of your drive. It's generally a good idea because you can use it to recover your whole system and restore its original settings in case of hardware or software failure.

new drive vs partitioned drive

Option 1: Create a Recovery Partition on Windows 10 With Recovery Drive option

If you want the easiest method for creating a recovery drive on Windows 10, follow these steps:

  1. Connect a USB flash drive with at least 16 GB of free space to your computer.
  2. Click on Start, type "Create a recovery drive," and click on the first result.
    create a recovery drive feature
  3. Check the box next to the "Back up system files to the recovery drive" option and click Next.
    create a recovery drive backup
  4. Select the USB drive you've previously inserted into your computer and click Next.
    selecting a recovery partition
  5. The next window will display that everything on the drive will be deleted. Click Create.
    creating a recovery drive
  6. Wait until the process is complete.

Option 2: Create a Recovery Partition Using DiskPart on Windows 10

This more complicated method requires some knowledge of working with Command Prompt. If you don't have any experience with CMD, avoid this option. Keep in mind that it only works with MBR disks. Here are the steps:

  1. Right-click on Start and then click Disk Management.
    accessing disk management
  2. Right-click on the drive you want to use. Click Shrink Volume.
    shrink volume feature
  3. Type 1024 in the third row to get 1GB of space, and click Shrink.
    shrinking a volume in windows 10
  4. Right-click the new unallocated space and click New Simple Volume.
    new simple volume option
  5. Click Next in the first two windows.
  6. In the third window, select Do not assign a drive letter or drive path and click Next.
    do not assign drive letter
  7. Type "System Reserved" under the volume label and click Next.
    recovery partition volume label
  8. Click on Start, type "CMD," right-click Command Prompt, and click Run as administrator.
    running command prompt
  9. Type reagentc /info in Command Prompt and hit enter.
    cmd recovery partition info
  10. If the message next to Windows RE status is "Enabled," type reagentc /disable and hit enter.
    disabling recovery partition
  11. Type diskpart and press enter.
    diskpart in command prompt
  12. Type lis dis and press enter.
    list disk command in disk part
  13. Type sel dis 0 (if you created a partition on that disk) and press enter.
    selecting a disk in diskpart
  14. Type lis par and hit enter.
    listing partitions in diskpart
  15. Type sel par 3 (if this is the partition you've created) and press enter.
    selecting a partition in diskpart
  16. Type det par and press enter to check the partition ID.
    partition details in diskpart
  17. Check the partition ID next to "Type:" and type set id=27 and press enter.
    setting partition id
  18. Type exit and press enter; type reagentc /enable, and press enter.
    enabling recovery partition in cmd
  19. Restart your computer.

How to Restore Your PC With the Recovery Partition

If your Windows 10 isn't running normally, one of the fixes you can use is restoring your PC. That's where the recovery partition comes into play since it stores all of the system files that might have been corrupted or damaged over time.

Here's what you need to do:

  1. Ensure that your recovery drive is connected to the PC (if you used an external drive to create a recovery partition).
  2. Restart or turn on your computer while holding the shift key.
    restarting windows pc
  3. Once you've entered the hidden menu, click Troubleshoot.
    troubleshoot option on windows 10
  4. Click Advanced options.
    accessing advanced troubleshoot options
  5. Select Recover from a drive.
    recover from a drive in windows
  6. Follow the steps and wait until the process is complete.

Bonus: How to Recover Data After Using the Recovery Partition

When you use the recovery partition or the recovery drive to restore your PC, you're basically reinstalling your Windows. That means that all your files will be lost. You would likely lose all your data if you couldn't boot your system and were forced to recover from your partition.

But don't worry – there are tools you can use to recover all of the personal files you've had on your computer, even after they've been deleted. One of the best tools for the job is Wondershare Recoverit, a professional-grade data recovery software that can recover whole drives with a few simple steps.

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Here are the steps you should follow:

  1. Start by going to the official Wondershare Recoverit web page. Download and install the software.
  2. After installing, double-click the Recoverit icon to launch the program.
  3. When the window opens, click Hard Drives and Locations in the upper left corner and then click on the drive you want to restore.
    select drive for recoverit raw partition recovery
  4. Recoverit will automatically start scanning the drive. You can monitor the progress in the bottom left corner, pause, or stop the scan. On the right, you will see all the files discovered in real-time.
    scan the drive for recoverit raw partition recovery
  5. You can take the time to filter files by type, time, size, or tag to narrow down your search. If not, there's a search box in the upper right corner where you can look for specific files to see if they've been discovered.
    browse recoverable files during recoverit raw partition recovery
  6. Click Preview to check the files to ensure they're the ones you want.
    preview recoverable files during recoverit raw partition recovery
  7. You can click on Recover while previewing to recover those files. Alternatively, you can return to the previous window, select all the files you want to recover, and click Recover in the bottom-right corner.
  8. Select the save destination and name the folder/file you're saving. Click Recover again to start the process and wait until it's complete.
    save files from recoverit raw partition recovery


It's vital to have a recovery partition set up on your Windows 10 computer. You can recover your system and return it to its original state when you have system issues.

Use the steps we've provided in this article. If you can't access your system to backup your data, use a data recovery tool like Recoverit to extract deleted files after using the recovery partition.

No matter how much you take care of your computer and your data, unpredictable things might happen in terms of corruption, system failure, viruses, or hardware issues that might lead to permanent data and system loss.

That's why having a contingency plan for your system and data is generally a good idea.

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  • What is a recovery partition in Windows 10?
    A recovery partition is a separately allocated space on your hard drive reserved for storing the configuration files and system files of your operating system. You can't access this partition unless you try to recover your system.
  • Is it necessary to have a recovery partition?
    Having a recovery partition is unnecessary, but it's generally good because you can quickly get your system up and running in case of any issues. Essentially, it's an express system reinstall with all drivers and configurations ready to go.
  • Can I create a Windows 10 recovery partition on an external drive?
    Yes, you can, as long as you have an external drive with at least 16 GB. However, you must keep this drive nearby to restore your system.
Theo Lucia
Theo Lucia May 14, 24
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