For trouble shooting purposes, if your PC runs on windows 8 or 8.1, please don’t let us to prod you into creating a recovery drive. Speaking of which, it’s just a matter of time before your machine desperately starts calling for one.
First introduced in Windows 8 and thereafter perfected in Windows 8.1, this feature arrives with a long chain of trouble shooting tools, running the gamut from Automatic Repair and System Restore to Command Prompt and PC Resting.
That said, you can relax, and grab a cup of coffee [maybe], as you flick through the rest of this article for all the instructions you need to create your Windows 8 or 8.1 Recovery Drive yourself.
For starters, all you need is an empty flash drive (1 GB at least) or an empty optic disc, and you’re set to go.
Start by opening the Control Panel. You should be able to see the Recovery Drive. Click on it then on then “System and Security” link shown.
Bear in mind that the “System and Security” link will NOT be seen if your Control Panel view is set to small or large icons. You may want to calibrate the settings in case you’re not seeing the link before going ahead.
Another trick in case the “System and Security” link isn’t visible is to click on the Action Centre link shown at the top. Then on the “Recovery” link at the bottom of your window.
Either way, you should be able to see the Recovery window at this point. Just tap or click on the link you’ll be directed to the “Recovery Drive” window. If you’re prompted with any question on user account control, click YES and move to the next step.
Now connect your USB flash drive in case you hadn’t. It’s however important to make sure you’ve disconnected all the other external drives to avoid creating confusion.
Check if the “Copy the Recovery Partition from the PC to the Recovery Drive” checkbox is still available.
Please note; this option will only be availed if your PC arrived with a preinstalled Windows 8 or 8.1. But if you installed the operating system yourself, you may want to ensure the Windows 8 disc, flash drive, or ISO image you used are kept safe.
Another thing, if your machine arrived with a preinstalled Operating System, you may need a much larger flash drive (such as 16 GB) to accommodate all the files.
Go ahead and click on the “Next” button, and give the Recovery Drive Creator some time to search for the available drives.
A “Select the USB flash Drive” screen will pop up. Just select the drive letter of the flash drive you’re using to continue.
If you prefer using an optical drive instead, just insert the disc and click on the “Create a System Repair Disc with a CD or DVD” link at the bottom.
Click on the Next button to continue.
Now tap on “Create” to start creating the drive or disc. The entire process should take about 5 minutes or more, as it involves formatting the flash drive first before copying all the necessary files into it one by one.
Once done, a “Your Recovery Drive is now ready” message will be shown. Just click on Finish to end the process.
But make sure you label the flash drive (it can be something like Recovery Drive for Windows 8.1) first, before you go ta-da!