Unable to Create Recovery Drive in Windows 10 - How to Solve?

Posted by @Ailsa

December 15, 2016

Unable to create a recovery drive in Windows 10 will make you cannot restore system when Windows is corrupted. Learn how to fix the creating recovery drive stuck issue with several ways.

The Reasons Why Can't Create Recovery Drive in Windows 10

You may have encountered this condition that computer displays “We can't create a recovery drive on this PC. Some required files are missing. To troubleshoot problems when your PC can't start, use your Windows installation disc or media” or “We can’t create the recovery drive. A problem occurred while creating the recovery drive” when boot up computer in Windows 10. Thus, you might ask whether the Windows 10 “Reset” function can solve this problem. No, the Reset function only restores your system to factory settings, and the applications and your files will not exist anymore after reset.

At present, you must want to figure out why you got this problem? There are some reasons for creating recovery drive stuck:

  • Your USB drive is not formatted, faulty, or smaller than 4GB.
  • Your Windows Recovery Environment (Windows RE) is disabled on your system.
  • Your system files are corrupted.

How to fix "can't create recovery drive in Windows 10" issue? Below are my suggestions:

Fix Windows 10 Can't Create A Recovery Drive on This PC Problem

Suggestion 1: Check for Your USB Drive

Your USB drive must be formatted before creating a recovery drive. Otherwise, you may get the message says your USB drive cannot formatted when you create a recovery drive, and then you are unable to create recovery drive in Windows 10.

Besides, make sure the capacity of the USB drive is larger than 4GB, or at least equal to 4GB. Because the size of ISO or GHO file created by Windows 10 at 4GB or so, please confirm it. Try another USB flash drive if necessary. Then you need Recovery Media Creator to fix the unable to create recovery drive issue.

  • Type “Recovery Drive” in Windows 10 search box, and select “Create A Recovery Drive” in lists to enter “Recovery Media Creator”.

Create A Recovery Drive

  • In next window, make sure you have checked the option “Backup system files to the recovery drive”, hit “Next”.

    Backup System Files to Recovery Drive

  • Then select a USB to create. Your recovery drive will be created successfully.

Suggestion 2: Locate Recovery Image Location and Enable Windows RE

Windows RE is disabled on your system, which is the root problem to unable to create recovery drive in Windows 10. How to fix it?

  • Enter “CMD” in the Windows 10 search box to enter “Command Prompt”.
  • Type “reagentc /info” command and locate Recovery Image Location. The Recovery Image Location displayed the location of Windows RE, which means enable, else disable.

Enable Windows RE

After these operations, this issue should be fixed; you could try to create recovery drive again in Windows 10. If not, maybe you can try the suggestion 3.

Suggestion 3: Create Bootable Media with AOMEI Backupper

When you stuck in unable to create recovery drive in Windows 10, you can use a USB drive recovery freeware-AOMEI Backupper to make a bootable media. AOMEI Backupper is a reliable tool and highly recommended by many users because of its intuitive interface, and provides system backup, disk backup, partition backup, file backup, system restore, disk clone, create bootable media, and so on. By the way, create your recovery drive on a CD or DVD all works. To fix recovery drive issue, use “Create Bootable Media” function to restore your system.

Step 1: Download AOMEI Backupper Standard, and launch it.

Step 2: Select “Utilities” at the left panel, then select “Create Bootable Media”.

Create Bootable Media

Step 3:In the next pop-up window, select “Windows PE-Create bootable disc based on Windows PE”. Because the Windows PE more flexible and convenient than Linux. Hit “Next>>” to continue.

Bootable Disc Type

Step 4:Select boot mode(here is “Create bootable disc based on UEFI boot mode (Recommended)”), and press “Next”.

Create Windows PE Disc

Step 5: Select “USB Boot Device”, then hit “Next”, a pop-up window will prompt you to format your USB drive, click “Yes” to start creating bootable media. You can also select “Burn to CD/DVD”, “Export ISO File” by your demands.

Select Bootable Media

Format USB

Note: Your USB drive must be formatted, so backup your important files to another location in advance.

After create bootable media, you can boot your computer from USB bootable media by setting BIOS boot order. Then you can restore Windows 10 to normal, and the problem will be resolved.