By Lily / Last update November 1, 2021

Why create recovery partition in Windows 10?

Microsoft says Windows 10 no longer needs to create a separate recovery image. It will benefit most users, and save disk space for computers. Users are not concerned about computer breaks down. Once it does, you can use “Reset this PC” to restore Windows 10 system. 

 It seems that you don’t need to create a recovery partition Windows 10, but you are greatly misled. Windows 10 Reset function only restores your system to factory settings, it means your Windows 10 system will be reinstalled, all software you added during the usage of the computer will be disappeared. And most users will regret not creating a recovery partition for Win 10 in advance.

Below are some common situations you need to create a recovery partition:

  • Mistakely delete the original recovery partition.
  • You need to do system upgrade or reinstall.
  • Your computer does not comes along with a recovery partition.

Then, you may wander how to create custom recovery partition of Windows 10. In this article, I will introduce you 2 ways, you can use the built-in tool or a third-party tool AOMEI OneKey Recovery.

Way 1: Create a recovery partition in Windows 10 with built-in tool 

Here you will use Recovery Drive option to create a recovery drive in Windows 10 with USB drive. It requires a USB drive at least 512MB in size. If your computer is 64 bit, the drive should be at least 16GB. For a recovery drive that includes system files, you’ll need a larger USB drive. Here is full guidance for you.

Note: All the data on the USB drive will be deleted during this process, please backup files on USB flash drive if there are any important items.

Step 1. Connect the USB drive to your computer and make sure it can be detected.

Step 2. Type “recovery drive” into the search box and select “Create a recovery drive” in the listed results.

Step 3. In the pop-out window, check the option “Back up system files to the recovery drive” and click “Next”.

Recovery Drive

Note: “Back up system files to the recovery drive” option is very useful, especially when you cannot troubleshoot your computer. It gives you a chance to reinstall your computer by "Reset this PC".

Step 4. Then select the USB flash drive connected before, and click ”Next” to continue.

Select USB

Step 5. Click “Create” to begin creating the recovery drive.


After the creation process completes, you can quickly use the "Recover from a drive" option and restore system easily. Below are the detailed steps: 

1. Boot from Windows 10 recovery USB drive. Then, click Next until you see Troubleshoot option. 

2. Select Troubleshoot Recover from a drive, then it will start preparing the recovery process. 

Recover from a Drive

3. Then, you will be asked to select the reset option, Just remove my files or Clean the drive fully. After that, confirm all the changes and click Recover to start this process. It will take a while depending on the size of your hard drive and then your PC will restart.

Way2:  Make a universal recovery partition in Windows 10 with AOMEI OneKey Recovery 

Here you will use OneKey System Backup in AOMEI OneKey Recovery to create a recovery partition in Windows 11/10/8/7/XP/Vista ( both 32bit & 64bit) as well as system backup. Your computer will be exactly the same as previous after restoring, including the operating system, installed programs, system drivers, personal data, etc. And it is suitable for all brands of computers, such as, HP, Dell, ASUS, Lenovo, etc.

By using it, you can choose to backup system to AOMEI OneKey Recovery partition or other location. If you select the first option, it will create a partition automatically on your computer and save the backup image to it, but not specify the recovery partition a drive letter. This greatly reduces the risk of mistake deletion of backup image and recovery partition. 

In addition, it allows you to add boot menu on your computer and specify a key to access it, A or F11, for example. Thus, you can easily and quickly factory reset a desktop or laptop computer (eg: Lenovo desktop factory reset) when something goes wrong and don't need to create a bootable USB separately.

Download it to have a try if you want to create a recovery partition safely and include everything on your computer. Server systems like Windows Server 2022/2019/2016 are also supported by AOMEI OneKey Recovery.

Download OKR Win 11/10/8.1/8/7 & Server
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Step 1. Choose "Onekey System Backup".

OKR Backup

Step 2.  Select "Backup system to AOMEI OneKey Recovery Partition (Recommended)" and click Next.

Backup to

Note: If your computer does not have enough space to hold everything on the system partition, you could choose "Backup system to other location". It can avoid low disk space effectively.

Step 3. Click "Advanced" to preview the partitions layout and “Start Backup” after confirming.

AOMEI OneKey Recovery will take some free space from the destination to create a recovery partition. If there is unallocated space, AOMEI OneKey Recovery will create the recovery partition on it by default. 

Confirm Backup

Wait until the creation process ends, you will have both system image backup and recovery partition. And you can use it to recover your computer in the event of a disaster. Below is the outline of the recovery process:

1. Open this software again, select "OneKey System Recovery". If your computer can’t boot, you can press F11 or A to access this software and restore system back. 

2. Choose "Restore system by using the image file in AOMEI OneKey Recovery Partition" and click Next.

Restore from

3. Click "Start Restore" after confirming.

Confirm Restore

Final words

It's essential to create a recovery partition in Windows 10, which can help you to repair your computer when accidents happen. You can use the built-in recovery drive feature or turn to a third-party tool like AOMEI OneKey Recovery.

By comparison, I prefer using AOMEI OneKey Recovery. It's simple, safe, and more flexible. You can create a recovery partition and system image simultaneously in 3 steps, and make both of them hidden. And you can add boot menu on your computer as well.

More surprising, the created recovery partition is universal, so you can use it on all brands of computer, regardless of the operating system you are currently using, Windows 11/10/8/7/XP/Vista (both 32bit and 64bit) or Windows Server 2022/2019/2016/2012, etc.