Computers that come pre-installed with the Windows operating system include a dedicated, hidden partition containing the recovery image of the operating system. The recovery image or recovery partition is used to repair or reset the computer (Windows) to factory settings in the event of system failure.
Users who are well aware of the importance of having a dedicated recovery partition seldom delete it or at least create a USB recovery drive before deleting the dedicated recovery partition. But since deleting the recovery partition is much easier than creating one, novice users often delete recovery partition to gain some disk space.
Why create a recovery partition?
Although a recovery partition takes up a few GBs of disk space, you can save your valuable time by creating a recovery partition. The main benefit of the recovery partition is that you can quickly restore your PC to working conditions if and when your PC fails to boot. Second, you don’t need to install all hardware drivers and your favorite programs after restoring your PC using the dedicated partition.
How to create a dedicated Windows 10 recovery partition?
Before this, unlike creating a standard partition, creating a dedicated recovery partition was not easy. But creating a dedicated recovery partition is relatively simple now, thanks to the newly released AOMEI OneKey Recovery software.
AOMEI OneKey Recovery is a free software designed to create a dedicated recovery partition without losing any data. The program offers an intuitive interface and is compatible with all recent versions of the Windows operating system from Windows 7 to Windows 10.
Its wizard-style interface makes creating recovery partition a simple task. But if you’re not sure how to use it, here is how to create dedicated recovery partition in Windows.
NOTE: This guide applies to Windows 7, Windows 8.1, and Windows 10. We recommend you create a backup of all data just in case!
Step 1: The first step is to download AOMEI OneKey Recovery. Run the downloaded setup file and follow the on-screen instructions to get it installed on your PC.
Step 2: Launch OneKey Recovery. On the home screen, click the tile titled OneKey System Backup.
Select the Backup system to AOMEI OneKey Recovery partition.
Step 3: If you have ample amount of unpartitioned space to craft out a dedicated recovery partition, OneKey Recovery will automatically calculate the space required for the recovery partition and create the same. The size of the dedicated recovery partition is roughly the space used on your Windows drive.
As you can see in the above picture, OneKey Recovery automatically crafts out a recovery partition and shows how your hard drive and partitions look like before and after creating the recovery partition.
And if you don’t have unpartitioned space, you need to free up a partition by moving all data from it to an external hard drive or a different partition on the internal drive. But be sure to backup all data before making any changes to your existing partition to prevent data loss.
Finally, click the Start Backup button.
Step 4: OneKey Recovery will start its job by marking system partition, creating Windows PE, and then adjusting partition layout to save back image.
Step 5: Once the backup image (recovery image) is ready, “The system backup is completed successfully” message will appear on the screen. That’s it!
On our test machine, it took close to an hour to finish its job. Obviously, the time required depends on the size of your system partition and computer hardware.
While setting up the recovery partition, OneKey Recovery automatically adds Enter into AOMEI OneKey Recovery to the boot menu. If, at any point in time, to restore your PC, you need to select Enter into AOMEI OneKey Recovery option in the boot menu.
Alternatively, OneKey Recovery also allows you to add “Press A for AOMEI OneKey Recovery” to the startup so that you can quickly launch the recovery environment without having to wait for the boot menu. The catch with this option, however, is that it might now show up on UEFI based systems.
To add “Press A for AOMEI OneKey Recovery” message to the startup, click the gear icon right-next to close and minimize buttons, and then uncheck the box titled Hide the “Press A for AOMEI OneKey Recovery” message. Good luck!
I’m not sure what the problem is with all your comments. I went ahead and bought the Pro version of the program and it works flaulessly. I followed the instructions onscreen and it did the rest. Well worth the investment. I’ve tried it on Windows 7, the whole procedure took about 15 minutes, setup a partition on the space it needed (30gb) automatically and it did the rest. I even tried restoring what i had just done. No issues whatsoever. Took about 10 minutes to restore. Actually very simple to use. Superb program, will now try my 7 year old laptop with Windows 10 on it and it probably will pass with flying colors. Will report in due course if i find anything unusual. Highly recommended from what i see.
Being sued by Aomei for using their software in a commercial environment? Point them to this misleading article.
Mudling up with MS OS ! The best way is to have complete image like ***.gho ! All the other solution may work or not !
One Cliick needs to be digitally signed, it is not, forget it until they get off their butt and fix it
Dear Admin the program does require ADK/AIK to be installed on windows 10 for what ever reason that is the requirement per the software when installed.
Mere Zenas says
I just tried using the apower to create a recovery. I asked to free up about 270 something Gigs before it could create. I freed up 330 Gigs and when I tried it.
Almost at its completion I got a message from the screen that the process could not be completed due to insufficient memory. I just nodded and said to myself ‘maybe you wound nt get this recovery afterall’ .
When I clicked on the ‘cancel’ button that it prompted me to click on the PC automatically restarted and I checked my hard drive it has been reduced from 445GB that it was to 330GB.
I don’t know where the remaining GBs had gone to. Could you please help?
I have created a restore backup recovery image using AOMEI OneKey Recovery software on an external hard drive which is not dedicated to this image only- it has other backup material. How do I get the computer to boot from the recovery image on the external hard drive? Is there a key or combination of keys that I need to keep pushed while the boot up starts to achieve this? How would the computer recognize or select the particular file in the external hard drive which contains the recovery image? Should the file containing it have a specific name for being recognized?
I have tried to use this software on many occasions. I am completing a new install and need the security of a recovery partition. For reasons unknown, sometimes this software demands installation of the SDK on others it just omits this requirement.
I can create a recovery partition without issue. The software also creates a ‘one key’ entry to a GRUB screen. What it does not do is work. The software just returns a message saying that it is unable to complete the restoration task for reasons unknown. It suggests sending the log file to the developers. This is free software, I do not expect a developer to work on such queries so I’m now looking for an alternative.
You don’t need ADK or AIK to create the recovery partition of Windows 10 while using this tool.
I can’t create the recovery partition in windows 10, no ADK/AIK installed on windows 10
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