If you experience a computer malfunction, hard-drive failure or virus infection, a recovery disk is needed to reinstall the original factory operating system. A recovery disk, also known as a boot disk, allows you to reinstall the operating system from a remote device, such as a USB drive. The same USB drive you use to store photos and other files can also be used as a BIOS recovery disk by formatting and loading the correct recovery files.
Things You'll Need
- USB flash drive
- Recovery file data
Format the USB Drive
Insert the USB drive into your computer using the USB ports located on the front, back or sides of your computer.
Format the USB drive by first clicking on the "Start" button located in the bottom-left corner of your desktop menu.
Select "My Computer" and find the USB-device icon. Right-click on the icon and select the "Format" option.
Choose the "FAT32" format and click on the "Start" button to complete the formatting process.
Create a USB Bios Recovery Disk
Download the appropriate recovery-disk data, also known as boot data, for your computer's operating system.
Save the disk data to a destination on your USB drive by going back to "My Computer" and double-clicking on the USB-drive icon.
Drag the disk data file into your USB drive. Your USB drive has now become a recovery disk in case your computer needs an external boot-up device.
Tips & Warnings
- Save all your files on another external hard drive or your computer's internal hard drive before formatting the USB drive. Formatting the drive will remove all your saved files.
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