How to Clone Recovery Partition to USB Flash Drive in Windows?

Posted by @Teresa

August 1, 2017

This article illustrates how to manually clone Recovery Partition on laptop such as ASUS, Dell, HP, or Acer to USB flash drive step by step with the help of AOMEI Backupper.

About Recovery Partition

A Recovery Partition is a part of disk drive that is set aside by the PC manufacturer to keep an image of the system when it was shipped from the factory, also known as factory restore partition. Many laptops come with a recovery partition and you can set the computer back to original state using their specialized utilities, such as Acer eRecovery Management, ASUS Recovery Partition, Dell Factory Image Restore, Gateway Recovery Management, HP PC System Recovery, or Sony VAIO Recovery Wizard. It is not hard to find this recovery utility because it is usually brand name plus recovery character. Normally, press Ctrl+F11 at boot time will initiate the recovery procedure.

Recovery Partition

Why clone Recovery Partition to USB drive?

Recovery Partition, as a disaster solution, can be moved to another storage device. A Recovery Partition holds only image of original PC state, so it usually varies from MBs to GBs. However, for small disk capacity users, several GBs space is also valuable. If clone Recovery Partition to flash drive, you can extend other partitions with that extra space. Deleting the recovery partition will generate one unallocated space, so you can move unallocated space to C drive to enlarge system space.

In another case, copying Recovery Partition to USB, especially bootable USB helps you do system restore when hard drive damaged.

I’d like to clone HP Recovery Partition to USB drive and upgrade this slow HDD to fast SSD. So how can I move the recovery partition from the HDD to the USB drive I’m using?”

Have you encountered this kind of situation, for example, clone ASUS Recovery Partition to USB stick for further system restore? Place the partition on USB drive, replace the HDD with new disk, insert the USB and bootable device, boot the PC and then perform recovery from USB flash drive. In fact, this result is almost the same as clean install.

What’s more, system crashes occasionally. Copying Recovery Partition to bootable USB drive is the equal of installation disc. Besides, cloning the partition could be counted as a backup of the recovery drive. For instance, copying Acer Recovery Partition to USB and put it aside. When disaster happens, you always have countermeasure. If you do regular backup, you can delete the Recovery Partition because it is insignificance. However, if you hardly ever back system and data up, you might as well clone that partition to different storages as backup strategy.

How to clone Recovery Partition to USB in Windows 7/8/10 easily?

Cloning is a missing function of Windows built-in tools. What’s worse, you cannot backup the Recovery Partition to USB drive with it because the partition contains system programs. Chances are that you will get “the drive is not a valid backup location” warning. Luckily, AOMEI Backupper Professional will solve this problem for you. With Partition Clone feature, it even supports copy hidden Recovery Partition to USB as well as clone between NTFS and FAT32 file systems. Steps are simple and it is user-friendly. Free download it (Windows 10/8/7/Vista/XP supported) to learn how to manually clone Recovery Partition now.

1. Install and start AOMEI Backupper. Plug in the USB drive and make sure it can be detected by Windows. Click Partition Clone under Clone tab.

Partition Clone

2. Select the Recovery Partition as the source partition.

Source Partition

3. Select the USB drive as the destination partition. Please note that all data on this USB drive will be overwritten, so backup files you care most beforehand.

Destination Partition

4. This is the summary of pending operation. You can set customized configuration with options in red frame. Click Start Clone at last.

Start Clone


  • If you tick Sector by sector clone, the destination USB should be equal to or larger than Recovery Partition.
  • If you clone Recovery Partition to SSD, check Align partition to optimize for SSD box will improve the reading and writing speed.

  • Above steps also apply to clone recovery partition to new hard drive or external drive in Windows 10, 8/8.1, 7, XP and Vista. Just install the hard drive and replace it with USB stick.

It won’t be long before the process to be completed. You can create a bootable media (USB or CD/DVD) using this software in case the system refuses to boot. AOMEI Backupper also allows you to clone bootable USB drive to hard drive in Windows as well as clone hard drive with bad sectors. It is still reliable backup solution that brings system backup, disk backup, partition backup, and file backup features for you.