How To Create a Windows 8 Recovery Drive

  1. Open the Windows 8 Control Panel. Windows 8 includes a tool to create a Recovery Drive and it’s most easily accessible from the Control Panel.
  2. Tap or click on the System and Security link.
    Note: You won’t see System and Security if your Control Panel view is set to Large icons or Small icons. In your case, just tap or click on Recovery and then move on to Step 5.
  3. In the System and Security window, tap or click on the Action Center link at the top.
  4. In the Action Center window, tap or click on Recovery, located at the bottom of the window.
  5. In the Recovery window, tap or click on the Create a recovery drive link.
    Note: Tap or click Yes if you’re prompted with a User Account Control question about the Recovery Media Creator program.
    You should now see the Recovery Drive window.
  6. Connect the flash drive that you plan on using as the Windows 8 Recovery Drive, assuming it’s not already connected.
    You should also disconnect any other external drives, if only to avoid confusion in later steps.
  7. Check the Copy the recovery partition from the PC to the recovery drive checkbox if it’s available.