How to Create a USB BIOS Recovery Disk


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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