The Microsoft Windows 8 operating system is intuitive enough to allow you to create bootable USB Data Recovery flash drive that immediately goes into the recovery environment upon boot up. This allows you to repair file systems, startup, run the system restore and refresh or reset your PC back to good working order. It is important to note that the flash drive cannot be used to install Windows 8 and the recovery drive and system repair options are not device-specific, only for the hardware architecture. It is critical to create a drive prior to experiencing issues. If you are unable to even start Windows 8 then you could have problems repairing the PC and may have to start from scratch.
The first step to learning how to create a recovery flash drive for Windows 8 is to determine the requirements. First, make sure to have a USB drive with at least 256 megabytes of disk space. Note this drive will be formatted so all files will be lost. Next, make a backup of all your important files prior to starting the restore. Finally, once the recovery is created, test your PC to ensure it can boot from the USB stick as some older flash drives do not support booting.
The first step is to connect the USB stick to the PC. This will be used as a Recovery Drive. Second, open the Settings Search using the keyboard shortcut, Windows Key +W and enter the word “recovery” into the search box then click Create a Recovery Drive. A User Account Control window will pop up so click the Yes button to allow the system to proceed. This is just a final check to ensure you know exactly what you are doing.
The Create a Recovery Drive window will open so tick the Copy Contents from the Recovery Partition to the Recovery Drive option and select Next. Then, tap the assigned letter drive for the flash stick within the Select he USB Flash Drive window and hit Next. If you do not see your stick, confirm the space requirements within the dialog box. You will then receive a popup window stating that the contents on your selected drive will be deleted. Continue with the process by selecting Create.
The drive will then format and copy the files. This could take a few minutes depending your USB drive speed. Once the process has completed, the drive is ready so you must click Finish. As previously mentioned, test the device by inputting the USB stick into the port and reboot the computer. If you are prompted to recover the PC then the stick will work. If you are not then you must find a USB device that works and restart the process.
Having a file backup system is critical to ensure you do not lose any information if there is a problem with the hardware or software resulting in data loss. Create one today since it only takes a few minutes to complete.