This post shows students and new users the steps to create a recovery drive in Windows 11 to restore or repair Windows. We recently wrote a post that showed you how to create a system image in Windows 11. A system image is not good unless you can restore your system.
You can read that post here.
In that post, we said that when you create a system image, you need a full backup of everything on your PC’s hard drive, similarly, to take a snapshot of your entire disk, system files, and everything. Then you can take that image and keep it in a safe and secure place. In case you need to restore your computer, use the backup image to do so.
To restore a PC using the Windows system image, you will need a recovery disc that helps start Windows in the advanced startup options when your PC does not boot or you want to restore a system image from backup. After creating a system image, you must also create a recovery disc so that you can restore Windows when disaster strikes.
Creating a recovery drive will allow you to boot from the USB drive and access advanced startup options. From there, you can use the tools to troubleshoot and / or restore Windows from a system image.
To start creating a recovery drive in Windows 11, follow the steps below.
How to create a recovery drive to restore system image in Windows 11
As mentioned above, you will need a recovery drive to restore a system image in Windows. Whenever you create a system image, you must also create a recovery disc along with it.
Follow the steps below to create a recovery drive.
Windows recommends that you have at least an 8GB drive, 16GB is recommended. Insert the drive into the USB slot of the computer.
In Windows 11, click the Start menu, then search for “Recovery unit”As highlighted below. Select the application to open.
When the application opens, Windows will automatically start searching your computer for the appropriate drive. Once the drive is found, click next continue.
When will tell you that the drive will be formatted and all its contents will be removed. If the drive contains files and personal data, be sure to make a backup before erasing them.
Once you are ready, click on “Create” button.
Depending on the speed of your computer, this process can take hours. After that, the drive should be created and ready to use.
Once complete, keep the recovery disc and the system image backup in a safe and secure place.
How to recover system image in Windows 11
In case you want to recover from a disaster or just want to rebuild a new PC using the system image, use the recovery disk to boot. The recovery disc will help you start Windows advanced options.
Advanced startup options have many tools, including System Restore, System Image Recovery, Automatic Repair, Command Prompt, and Windows Startup Settings.
That is all!
In this tutorial we have seen how to create a recovery disc in Windows 11 to restore a broken computer with a system image. If you find any errors above, please use the comment form below to report.