How to Move Recovery Partition to an SD Card Safely and Efficiently

Want to move Windows Recovery Partition to high capacity SD card on Dell, HP, Lenovo, Sony laptops? This article presents the easiest way to clone Recovery Partition to SD card in Windows 10/8/7.


by Ivy Updated on October 19, 2022

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Need to move Recovery Partition to SD card

How do I move my recovery partition to another drive?
"I’d like to transfer the Recovery Partition on my Dell laptop to one of my SD cards, which is 128GB in size. I know many users copy Recovery Partition to USB drive or external hard drive, but the SD card is the only device I hold that with high capacity. I want to keep it as a disaster recovery solution just in case. Is there any simple way to complete the task? Thanks in advance."

SD card, as one of prevalent external storage, serves people for many years. The capacity is getting higher and higher in recent years. It is used to store more than files and videos. With the high capacity on the storage, many users have different plans for it, for example, storing a recovery partition.

Recovery Partition, appearing on many brands of laptops such as HP, Toshiba, Dell, ASUS, Sony, etc., is a part of disk drive that is set aside by the PC manufacture to keep an image of the system when it was shipped from the factory. Therefore, it is also known as factory restore partition. It is hidden or given a drive letter on the disk. Basically, pressing Ctrl + F11 at boot time will initiate the recovery procedure.

Benefit from moving Recovery Partition

There are many advantages of moving recovery partition to a different place. In general, three of them are on the top of the list.

  • Save disk space. Since containing the system image, the Recovery Partition usually has several GBs in size. For some computer that has low disk capacity, it is a wise move to move the recovery partition to external storage to save hard drive space.

  • Backup the Recovery Partition. The recovery drive allows users to restore computer to the original state, so it is very useful when the system goes wrong. There is no doubt that protecting the recovery drive is also a way to protect the computer.

  • Make Recovery Partition portable. After cloning the recovery drive to external drive, you could do the restoring from outside even when the system fails to boot. But you may need to create a bootable drive or make the recovery drive bootable in advance.

You may have other reasons in mind when it comes to moving recovery partition to SD card. However, what counts next is to figure out how to move it in an easy yet safe way.

How to move Recovery Partition to external SD card in simple steps?

To move the recovery drive entirely, you may need to turn to third-party software since Windows misses the “partition clone” feature. Nevertheless, what sort of third-party software on the market should you choose?

AOMEI Backupper Standard, totally free disk and partition cloning software, is the kind you could rely on.

  • It provides Disk Clone and Partition Clone features free for Windows operating systems like Windows 10/8/7/XP/Vista.

  • It allows you to create bootable media like bootable CD/DVD disc or bootable USB flash drive.

  • It has a user-friendly interface. No adware or bundle ware included.

Download this freeware and have a try. The “Partition Clone” function will help you copy Recovery Partition to SD card easily, either for backing it up or making it portable.

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Copy Recovery Partition to SD card step by step

In the first place, insert the SD card to your computer via the SD card reader. Make sure it can be detected (if not, see micro SD card not detected in Windows 10 for help).

1. Install and launch AOMEI Backupper Standard. Click Clone and then Partition Clone.

Partition Clone

2. Select the Recovery Partition as the source partition.

Select Recovery Partition

3. Select the SD card as the destination partition.

Select SD Card

4. On the summary page, you can edit the partition size or do sector-by-sector clone. Click Start Clone after your confirmation.

Start Clone

5. Wait for the process to be completed. Close the program after.


  • The destination partition will be overwritten. Back up important files in advance.

  • If you choose to do sector by sector clone, make sure the destination partition is equal to or larger than the source partition.

  • If you clone Recovery Partition to SSD, please check the option “SSD Alignment” to improve SSD performance.

  • To create bootable drive, please go Tools > Create Bootable Media and try.


To move Recovery Partition to SD card, AOMEI Backupper Standard, the free disk partition cloning software, will do you a big favor. It helps you move recovery drive in a safe way. 

As a matter of fact, AOMEI Backupper is also free backup software that provides system backup, file backup, disk/partition backup, and file sync features. It is suggested to keep it installed after the cloning, and protect your computer roundly with the 3-2-1 backup strategy.

Ivy · Editor
Ivy is an editor of AOMEI Technology, she covers backup & restore,hard disk & partitions management and cloud files transfer and so on for AOMEI. She is an outgoing girl and enjoys helping people find solutions to their problems. She loves traveling, eating, reading and so on. She usually hangs out with friends at her leisure time.