A guide to performing media recovery on Windows 10,8

Has your PC crashed, or are you facing problems when staring an operating system? You have 2 options: ask a professional to assist you in restoring your documents or change the format of the hard drive. Our sensible advice for making your life easier would be buying a recovery drive that would help you restore Windows 8/ 10 downloads without a problem.

In general, to avoid additional worry, it is recommended to back up your personal documents (e.g. store their copies on other devices or in the Cloud). It is even better to also create back ups of your operating systems if something fatally disastrous occurs. Both versions of Windows, which we have mentioned above allow you to create a recovery drive/ repair disc, so that you can bring your OS back to life effortlessly.

The requirements below are needed for media recovery:

  • Recovery drive: 1 (or 8) GB USB flash drive. The costs for this item are usually around $6
  • Repair disc: a CD/ DVD drive as well as a spare disc
  • A functioning Windows OS, which you are going to back up

Note: each method is designed for certain specifications in terms of the computer’s build and technical features, e.g. a 23-bit backup cannot be utilised on a 32-bit restore and so on.

USB recovery drive windows 8

A guide to creating a USB recovery drive

On both versions of Windows, the process is not very complicated. The steps for this go as follows:

1) In the search bar of the start menu or metro interface type in “Recovery Drive”; click on the first option, which comes up. Another way of going about this is to click on “Control panel”, “Recovery” and “Create a recovery drive”. This will open up your recovery drive tool.

2) A window will appear, which will offer you the option of having your system files backed up. You can re-download your OS with the help of a full system file recovery drive. Note: on this occasion, you will need 8GB USB drive for media recovery in contrast to a 512mb one for the regular back up.

3) Afterwards, a list of accessible devices will come up on the screen. Please be certain that you choose what you need. The recovery drive is meant to be finalised and rearranged in its configuration before being converted into a bootable one.

4) Next, your PC will make the recovery drive. This procedure requires 10-20 minute on average to finish. The USB flash drive will now be saved under the name “Recovery” in the file explorer.

  1. Reply ashley 22.12.2016 at 15:14

    Honestly, that was scary to do it myself as i had never dealed with something like that before… It took me a lot of time because i had to read every single line carefully just not to make a mistake and click on the wrong button… That was so stressful 😉 But the result seems to be good, it went quite well and my computer survived it 🙂 I never thought i could do it without a professional help… but now i feel so proud of myself! Your articles have taught me a lot of things and i appreciate it. 🙂 Every time i need to solve a problem i know for sure that i can find an answer to my question here. And that`s great! 🙂

  2. Reply nicolette 24.12.2016 at 16:42

    I may be not the most clever person on the planet earth but for me it turned to be not easy to create a usb recovery drive. I was about to give up… twice or trice… lol
    But it seems to be done at last. I just hope it won`t let me down when i need it.
    I know how important to back up the data as you cannot rely on the machine all the time. Once it crashes you may loose everything and it`s not gonna be nice. So i believe that creating a recovery drive is a good idea. Of course, i don`t want something bad to happen to my computer but you never know. At least there`s always a chance to restore all of the things including the OS, which is great.

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