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How to Create a USB Recovery Drive


Window 10 includes several tools (both new and old) for backing up and restoring your data. However, one of the most important things you can do when after unpacking a new PC is Create a Recovery Disk


Yes.. It will take a few hours, but it could save you weeks.. Now that's pretty good insurance, and it's basically free.. So let's get to it. 


Things to know before we get started:

  • You will need to prepare one USB flash media device (flash drive or disk-on-key) with a minimum capacity of 8GB.
  • Any data residing on this device will be lost, so if there's anything of importance on the drive then you should back it up on alternate media before continuing. 
  • Keep in mind that this drive is intended to be used for emergency purposes, so once you're done you'll want to store it in a safe place. 


Step-1: Creating a USB Recovery Drive

Note: The Kangaroo factory preinstalled image includes the Recovery Drive application on the Start menu by default. 

To start the Microsoft Recovery Media Creator application follow 1 of the 2 steps below:

  • Click Start  > Create USB Recovery.
  • If you don't see the Create USB Recovery icon on the start menu, right-click on the Start menu and select Run, type RecoveryDrive and press [ENTER].

Step-2: Preparing your media


  • Insert the USB flash media device into the USB port on the Kangaroo Mobile Desktop, and click Next.
  • It generally takes Windows a few moments to detect and prepare; shortly afterwards you will be prompted to select your flash drive from a list of detected devices. 



The USB device your using should be shown under 'available devices'.  Keep in mind that the volume name for your device may be different than shown in the image. If Windows does not detect any devices then you may consider using alternate media, or restarting your system. 

Step-3: Create your Recovery Drive
  • Click the Create button then sit back and relax while Windows does its thing.
  • This process generally takes 15~20 mins to complete, but could take longer depending on the size and state of the media being used.

Once Windows completes this task you're done..  and like any kind insurance, hopefully you never have to use it.. but keep it handy just in case you need it. 


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    Hans Felsh

    FYI, you can use a portal hard drive attached via a cable. When I couldn't find my small flash drives, that worked in a pinch. 🍝

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