How to create a recovery partition in Windows 8.1

How to create a recovery partition in Windows 8.1

You may find it useful to set up a recovery partition in case your Windows partition ends up being corrupted or no longer available. Follow the lead and you will get a fresh recovery partition in just a few minutes.

Requirements

Create the recovery partition

  • Right-click on the Windows icon on the taskbar.
  • Select Disk Management, and the Disk Management menu will open.
  • Select your primary partition on the upper part of the menu (usually named C:).
  • At the bottom part of the menu, you can now view all the partition volumes for the C: partition. Right-click on the black area, a free space, and select New Simple Volume to start the partition volume creation process.
  • For the Volume Size process part, in the Simple volume size in MB field, you can type 4000 (which corresponds to 4GB) and click Next.
  • For the Drive Letter process part, in the Assign the following drive letter field, you can let the letter be chosen by default and click Next.
  • For the Format Partition process part, in the Volume label field, you can type the volume label you want, like Recovery, and click Next.
  • Click on Finish.
  • You will now see the new partition volume you created on the bottom part of the Disk Management menu, named with the label you chose.

Mount the Windows recovery file

  • If you have a Windows CD/DVD, insert it into your computer.
  • If you have a Windows iso file, right-click on it, and select Mount.

No matter the method, you must see it with the following process:

  • Right-click on the Windows icon on the taskbar.
  • Select File Explorer, and a new window will open.
  • Next, you must see your Windows folder among the disks.

Format the recovery partition

  • Right-click on the Windows icon on the taskbar.
  • Select File Explorer, and a new window will open. You should see the recovery partition volume you just created.
  • Again, select File Explorer, and a new window will open. Put the first Windows on the left and the second one on the right.
  • Right-click on the Windows version on the left window and click on Open.
  • On the right window, open the recovery partition.
  • Copy all the files from the Windows iso to the recovery partition.
  • Close the windows.
  • Open EasyBCD.
  • On the left panel of EasyBCD, click on Add New Entry.
  • On the right panel, under Portable/External Media, go to the WinPE tab.
  • In the Name field, type the name you want, like Windows8Recovery.
  • In the Path field, click on the folder icon on the right, browse to the recovery partition (This PC > open the partition > sources) and select the Boot.win file, then click Open.
  • Click on Add Entry on the bottom right of EasyBCD, you should see a confirmation message at the bottom of the menu.
  • On EasyBCD, on the left panel, go to Edit Boot Menu, and click on Save Settings.
  • Close EasyBCD.

Check the recovery partition

  • Restart your computer.
  • You will end up in the boot menu, allowing you to choose between the first Windows partition or the recovery one.
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