By Lily / Last update May 18, 2021

What is recovery partition in Windows 7/8/10?

You may confused about the Windows operating system came with a Recovery partition. There may be a lot of questions around your mind: what is the recovery partition for? What does it contain? What is use for? Can I delete the recovery partition? ...

A recovery partition is a part of your hard drive, which is necessary to backup recovery partition. It is designed by the manufacturer to hold an image of your system as it was shipped from the factory.

In other word, a recovery partition is used to restore your computer backup to factory settings, which means it will wipe out all your data and programs. You can use this recovery partition to restore computer to the factory settings by pressing a specific key.

For example, if you are using Dell machine, pressing Ctrl+F11 at boot time will initiate the recovery procedure and will return your Dell to the state it was in when you took it out of the box.

Well, when you install Windows 7/8/10 on your computer, the Windows will also create a recovery partition which is different from the factory recovery partition. It is much smaller. Windows 7 recovery partition is about 200 MB, Windows 8 takes 350 MB, and 450 MB in Widows 10.

Why you need to backup recovery partition in Windows 7/8/10?

You may want to delete the recovery partition for some reasons. However, the recovery partition is important to you. For example, if your hard drive fails, your may need the recovery partition restore to the factory settings. Thus, it is necessary to backup recovery partition in your Windows 7/8/10.

How to backup recovery partition in Windows 7/8/10?

Windows 7/8/10 all have the backup and recovery tool, which can only include partition with drive letter. However, the recovery partition exists on your hard drive with no drive letter by default. Thus, you cannot use Windows backup tool to backup the recovery partition. Well, how to backup recovery partition?

Fortunately, there is a third party software that can be used to backup recovery partition, the AOMEI Backupper Standard, which is free and suitable for Windows 7/8/10. You can use it to backup HP/Dell/Lenovo recovery partition, and many other brands computer recovery partition. With the intuitive interface, you can finish the task easily with a few clicks. Here you can follow the steps below:

Step 1. Download this freeware, install and launch it. Select Partition Backup under the Backup tab.

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Step 2. Then, click "Add Partition or Volume"to select the recovery partition to backup.

Add Partition Or Volume

Step 3. Click where the arrow point and select a place to save the backup image.

You can choose any location in the Windows Explorer. Thus, if you want to backup recovery partition to external hard drive, you need connect your external hard drive (a USB flash drive or CD/DVD, etc) to your computer and make sure it can be detected by your computer at the fist time. Here we choose to backup recovery partition to F: drive. And then, you can click Start Backup to launch the progress.

Select Backup Destination

Before clicking Start Backup, you can set up more for backing up recovery partition. The “Backup Options” button is for you to set up encryption, email notification, and more. And the “Schedule” is for setting up an automatic backup.

With AOMEI Backupper, backup recovery partition becomes a very simple task. You can also use it to create a bootable rescue media so that you can restore the recovery partition even the computer cannot boot.