How to create a set of Windows 7 Recovery USB thumb drive and system image

When netbook is introduced, everyone has to get used to the life without optical drives.  It is difficult sometimes when someone gives you a disc and you have nowhere to play it.  Now the problem comes to system backup and recovery.  You will need to spend some money for USB thumb drives if you want to be able to backup your OS and restore it when needed.  Alternatively, you can give an external DVD drive.  Which is smaller?  Thumb drives of course.

Follow these instructions if you have no clues what to do.

Step 1

Go buy your thumb drives.  You will need about at least 256MB thumb drive for this process.

Step 2

Get prepared before the hard work

– Download the image of Windows 7 recovery disc, which suits your system.  It comes with 32-bit and 64-bit.  Remember you have to get the right one.  (Follow these links to download your image)

Windows 7 32-bit Recovery Disc

Windows 7 64-bit Recovery Disc

– Get diskpart, a small tool to partition your USB thumb drive from Microsoft.  Download it HERE (

Step 3 (Big job)

– Make sure you move your data in the USB thumb drive to somewhere else as all data will be erased.

– Press Windows + R, type in cmd, go to where you store diskpart, and run diskpart

– Type list disk

– In the above screen, Disk 3 is the USB thumb drive, type Select Disk 3

– Type clean.  Be aware! Your data will be erased after this command!

– Type Create  partition primary

– Make it active by typing active

– Run format fs=fat32 quick to quick format the drive as FAT32

– Type assign to give the drive a letter

Step 4

Open your Windows 7 Recovery Disc ISO file, extract it to your USB thumb drive.  It’s done for Recovery Disc USB

Step 5

– Create your System image.  You should use an external hard drive such as Western Digital WD Passports for this task.

– Run Backup and Restore located in Control Panel.  It may be called Backup your computer.

– Click on Create a system image.  On hard drive, you select your external hard drive.

DONE! Now you have a set of system image and recovery disc.



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