A recovery drive stores a copy of your Windows 10 environment on an external source, like a DVD or USB drive. Here’s how to create one before your PC goes kaput.

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Your Windows 10 system won’t boot up and can’t even fix itself. Are you out luck? Not if you’ve already created a recovery drive.

A recovery drive stores a copy of your Windows 10 environment on another source, such as a DVD or USB drive. Then if Windows 10 goes kerflooey, you can restore it from that drive. The downside is that neither your personal files nor your desktop applications come along for the ride. But you should already be backing up your personal files using tools like File History. And the recovery drive at least brings Windows 10 back to a bootable and working state. Here’s how to get started.

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