You want a USB stick to use in case you need a new hard drive (e.g., your hard drive crashes). How do you create a recovery USB stick?
- Remove all USB sticks (as a recommended practice) except a USB stick that can be overwritten. This USB drive should have 8 GB or greater capacity.
- In the lower left hand search box, type in "Create a recover drive" with no quotes.
- Check the "Best Match" option at the top (above the suggestions). Click "Yes" to the pop up.
- Keep "Back up system files" checked. Click "Next". You may have to wait a few minutes.
- Select the USB flash drive from the list of "Available drive(s)". Click "Next."
- Click "Create" if you are willing to have all the files in the drive being deleted. If you get a prompt about not being able to create the recovery drive, is the drive really 8 GB? Some flash drives advertise this amount, but the real capacity is closer to 7.5 GB.