Should you Backup System Files to the Recovery Drive?

Should you Backup System Files to the Recovery Drive?
Updated On: July 13, 2023

Recovery Drive – If it is said that a data backup system is a blessing in today’s world full of cyber vulnerabilities, then that won’t be wrong. There are plenty of situations from which backup solutions rescue the affected users. These situations include drive failure, lost or stolen data, natural disaster, corruption of system files, or any other situation amounting to data loss. While backup software provides the rescue plan against these situations, it is also important to cater to the possibilities which are least accounted for. There can be a situation where everything may work fine but out of nowhere a computer gets failed to boot. Consequently, you won’t be able to even get a sight of the operating system and thus lose access to the important documents. Though it happens rarely, but whenever it happens, it is collateral enough to vanish everything. Due to its rare occurrence, people are still confused if they should backup system files or not. If you are also one of them, then by the end of this blog, you will know how to end this confusion.

Recovery Drive

Owing to the importance of system image backup and to provide a hassle-free system imaging facility, Windows 8/10 has a built-in tool to create a recovery drive. The recovery drive is capable of troubleshooting or repairing the user’s computer by recovering its system files. Recovery drive basically takes system imaging and save them periodically to let the user recover Windows in the last working state. This is very handy because in the past whenever the computer fails to boot, the user does not have any other option except to reinstall the Windows and then spend extra time in reinstalling the software. But now with the recovery drive approach, the user gets relieved of such hassles and the whole process is as easy as it is to connect an external hard drive or USB drive with the computer and lets files copied to the destination.

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Benefits of the Recovery Drive

There are plenty of benefits of employing a recovery drive to back up the system important files. Given the fact that very few people know about this built in backup utility of Windows, there is a need of shedding light on the key benefits so that people get to know about its importance. The following are some of the key benefits of recovery drive:

  1. It is a built-in utility that gives a greater degree of configurability with Windows.
  2. Relieves you from third-party software to full backup their system files.
  3. Easy to use.
  4. A dedicated utility for system imaging so that you do not feel any hassle to recover your system point in time.
  5. Absolutely free and thus you do not need to pay any subscription or premium on using this utility.

How to Backup System Files to Recovery Drive?

As stated above, very few people are exposed to the Windows in-built recovery program that lets users never lose hold of their system. This scarcity of knowledge requires a sort of spoon-feeding to let the masses know how easy and handy is it to use a recovery drive for system file backup. Following are the steps that lead you to backup your system files to the recovery drive:

Step 1. Since this utility backups the system files on some external storage device, so you first of all need to have a sufficient storage medium like a flash drive, external hard drive, compact disk (CD), or whatever is convenient and spacious enough to accommodate local backup. Connect that device with the computer to initiate the process to create a system for performing system files backup.

Step 2. Type “Recovery Drive” in the Cortona search box and then click on the “Recovery Drive”. After clicking this, the recovery drive interface will show on the screen.

Step 3. On the recovery drive window, you will see some script written and a checkbox asking if you want the system files to get backed up on the recovery drive. Check that box and click “Next”.

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Step 4. Now recovery drive looks for the connected drive and once this scanning process is finished you will see the list stating every connected storage drive. Select your desired device and then click “Next”.

Step 5. Now you will be prompted with the warning message intimating you about the possible formatting of the data in the connected storage device. So, in case you have some important data stored there, consider backing it up either via file syncing or conventional copying/pasting.

Step 6. Once you are done with taking care of important data, click on the “Create” button to let the recovery drive be created. You will get to know about the progress via the status bar telling you about the ongoing operations.

Step 7. Once Windows is done with creating a recovery drive, you will see a completion message on the screen. Now, click “Finish”. This way, you have successfully backed up your system files.


The world today relies on digital data, making our operating systems hold tremendous value. As we cannot predict when any malfunction or disaster in a system can occur, so ignoring the system files backup does not seems to be a wiser decision. There are many backup services and software available today for performing any kind of data backups and restores. So, you can either opt for any such backup tool or you can go for built-in tools. But built-in backup tools from the operating system, although are not rich in features, still bring convenience in the whole backup process. The built-in recovery drive utility by Windows is one such utility that removes the hassle of performing system files backup, bringing convenience and surety of system protection against any malfunction.

Saaher Muzafer / CEO Backup Everything
Saaher Muzafer / CEO Backup Everything

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