How to Create Windows Recovery Partition


How_to_Create_Windows_Recovery_Partition Have you ever reinstalled Microsoft Windows, reloaded all your applications or reset all your settings. If yes then you know that how painful process is that.But by creating a recovery partition or recovery drive you can easily restore windows in a very efficient and faster manner. To create a recovery partition you need two things first sufficient hard drive space and a recovery partition creator software. symantec Norton PartitionMagic 8.0 and Norton Ghost 10.0 are very good recovery partition creator software’s. Creating a recovery partition is very simple process. let’s see how can you create a recovery partition on your windows machine


Steps to crate Windows Recovery Partition

  • Install a fresh copy of Windows, load all require drivers, software programs, utilities software’s, anti-virus and adjust screen resolution and other settings.

  • Create a partition with enough available space to hold Windows and your applications. Ten gigabytes should be ample for most users (remember, the backup image will be compressed), but consider making it larger if you have a lot of programs installed or storage space to burn. For creating a partition you can use the windows partition utility or you can use utilities like PartitionMagic.

  • Run your backup utility program. Its better to turn off your anti-virus program while backing up your computer system. You can find list of free backup and recovery software’s here or you can also use Norton Ghost (PC Magazine says Norton Ghost is best backup and recovery software)


  • If you are using Norton Ghost for creating recovery partition then you can also schedule your back up. Scheduling your backup makes incremental backup of computer system and you always have the latest backup.


  • To use the recovery partition, make sure you’ve backed up all your vital data to another drive or removable media, then boot your PC with the Ghost CD loaded in the optical drive. You’ll then be able to restore from the partition to your primary drive, resulting in a ready-to-roll PC with all your applications, drivers, and settings loaded.

  • Source : PC World’s Computing Tips

21 Responses

  1. I had Ghost when I was still using pirated software and I didn’t have a particularly good experience with it (not the software’s fault though!). I switched to gParted after going anti-pirate and it’s awesome! :)

  2. ajay says:

    i have also give a link to some free backup and recovery softwares you can also try any of those softwares.

  3. Siddharth says:

    cool post bro :D

  4. Chathura says:

    This is great!
    But my laptop has it’s mass storage as a SATA Hard Drive.When I boot it with a XP bootable CD, it doesn’t identify hard drives.Also I have no floppy drive to give RAID drivers when re-installing windows.Hence I wanted to make a recovery backup partition.Are you sure that this GOST Cd will be able to detect SATA HDD if I have installed RAID Drivers when creating the back up?


  5. Ajay Pathak says:

    Thanks for commenting on my blog.

    As i think Norton software will detect your hard drive and you will be able to restore the backup.if u have some doubt u can also try some free software utilities i have also give their link in my post. please check it here

  6. Yeah this is one of the best post.. Thanks mate. really useful…

  7. Joe says:

    I’d like to know hot to make a partition on my hard drive for recovery. I’m tired of installing windows xp after virus infection. is their a way like many brands do so? when u buy a new pc. so when i format that partition it will install automatically?

  8. Ajay Pathak says:

    when you install windows xp it ask for creating new partition or using exisisting partition.

  9. Austin says:

    Thanks for the information.Few days ago I have lost my data .Stellar Phoenix Windows data recovery software helps me to recover my lost data.For more details visit

  10. mithlesh says:

    I have notbe lenovo 3000 y410
    in this earliar recovery drive was there. but by mistek it’s lost, now how i can creat a recovery drive, plz tel me

  11. aditya says:

    actually i`m perusing BCA and i want to create a recovery partition for my windows 7 installed on my laptop and the config of my laptop is
    HDD- 120 Gb
    RAM- 3 Gb
    Processor- intel dual core ( 1.73 Ghz)
    . how can i create a recovery partition please help me out ….

  12. aditya says:

    hey mithlesh
    same i did her even me to using lenovo 3000 y500 series laptop .
    if u actually want to recover it go to leni=ovo service center n dey will charge u 1000+ to make a new recovery but the whole hard disk partition will be formated and then a new partition will be created.
    if u are putting up in delhi den visit nehru place and ask for the best recoverer who`ll recover ur partation but it will be heavy on ur pocket.
    better u leave it i doesnt matter at all if have switched from ur geniun windows (eg windows xp to win vista or win 7 )
    now take a chill pill and enjoy

  13. JB says:

    This can be done easily with Instant PC Recovery it will create the partition for you and give you an F4 option. It even allows you to do updates and create emergency DVD’s

  14. Nishant says:

    Thats ok. Means whenever my root partition get corrupted then I will have to boot using norton ghost CD and using that I can retrieve O/S image (backed up) from D drive to c drive back. for this procedure optical drive is must.
    But my idea is it will be better if we create a partition,where O/S image will backup as well as one built-in application should be there using we can restore o/s image like hp disk recovery.
    So if you have a solution then please let me know.

  15. Nishant says:

    Thanks JB.
    I’ll try it and revert u.

  16. Nishant says:

    Hi JB!
    I have tried it. but this software is trial version for 14 days. Have you any idea about free/ cracked application, which will work like instantpcrecovery?

  17. Luther Kurek says:

    Data recovery is referred to as a procedure of retrieving data from the damaged or corrupted file. Data are recovered from hard disk drive drives, RAID, storage tapes, CDs and DVDs. File recovery is usually required once the software is physically damaged or when the file product is logically damaged.

  18. Mohammed says:

    Thank you for all information. There are tow types of recovery, the 1st is making Back up for your windows using windows or other software, then reinstall wndows when it gets damaged.

    2nd is making a hidden recovery partition like Laptops without CDs, so that you can reinstall windows when it gets damaged.

    The way that we want to know is the second. How to make hidden recovery partition of windows with drivers and program?

  19. Nishant says:

    Yes Mohammed you are right. I want to know the same.

  20. Mohammed says:

    What I did recently is created a partition of about 15 Gb (named Recovery) then I backed up windows there.
    I explored the partitions from Disk management window, right click on the recovery partition, choose “change letter…), hit “remove” button from the new small window then “ok”. The partition has been removed from computer window.

    How to recover windows?
    I haven’t tried it yet, but I have read about that.
    Insert windows DVD into CD/DVD Drive, boot from DVD, don’t choose install windows, down side the window there is I think “Repair windows… ” click repair, choose the partition that you’ve already backed up, follow the instructions.
    I hope this could help.
    Tell us if any1 try to do it and it worked.

    Thank you.

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