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Creating A Windows 10 Recovery Drive

The most important thing that can be done to ensure that your PC (and all the stuff on it) is protected is to create a Windows Recovery drive. The Windows Recovery Drive will allow you to start your computer using the Windows Recovery Drive and therefore avoid having to access the internal computer hard drive which may be corrupted due to virus or hardware malfunction.

The steps to create the Windows Recovery Drive on a Windows 10 computer are as follows.
1. Insert a USB thumbdrive into an available USB port.
2. Right click your mouse on the Windows Start menu icon and select Control Panel.
3. On the Adjust Your Computer's Settings screen (Control Panel Items), click on the Recovery link.

4. On the "Advanced Recovery Tools" screen, click the Create A Recovery Drive link.

5. When prompted to allow the app to make changes to this PC, select Yes
6. On the Recovery Drive screen, make sure the Backup System Files To Recovery Drive option is checked. Click Next. The app will start collecting all the files necessary to create the recovery disk. This will take about 5 minutes.

7. When the Select The USB Flash Drive screen appears, select your desired USB drive and then click Next. Your Windows 10 Recovery Drive will be created. Note that it should take about 10 - 15 minutes for this to complete.

8. Once this is complete, with the USB still in the computer, restart your PC and see if you can boot from your new recovery drive.

NOTE. Your computer's BIOS (Basic Input/Output System) must be configured to boot from a USB drive before booting from the internal hard drive. Reference your computer manual to see how to configure your BIOS settings.

After you are done, secure the USB drive. I attached my USB recovery drive to the top of my monitor using some velcro.
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