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How To Create Windows 7 System Repair Disc On USB Flash Drive?

Isn’t it convenient and portable to have Windows 7 system repair disc on bootable USB flash drive? If so, let’s see how to create a Windows 7 USB system repair disk using the bundled tools.

The first USB flash drive was made available on year 2000 and since then has been a ubiquitous computer peripheral. I just can’t understand why Microsoft stills prefer DVD media for OS installation and even the Backup and Restore program doesn’t allow user to create a 160MB system repair disc on USB flash drive :(

Steps to install Windows 7 system recovery tools on USB flash drive

This YouTube video trying to show you how I used diskpart and robocopy to create Windows 7 USB system repair disk from the disc created by Backup and Restore program:



1) Click Start button to type backup and restore and hit ENTER to open the Backup and Restore window:

Trick to create Windows 7 USB system repair disk

2) Click “Create a system repair disc” to proceed with a DVD/CD-RW disc. What about a netbook that doesn’t come with a CD/DVD drive? Ask Microsoft or get an external USB CD/DVD writer.
Please share with me if you find a “virtual optical media or disc” for using with a virtual CD drive.

3) Leave the system repair disc created by Backup and Restore program on the optical drive and attach USB flash drive to computer.
CAUTION: Make sure the USB flash drive is emptied. Otherwise, backup the flash drive content before execute the following steps as it will delete all files on the flash drive!

4) Format the USB flash drive to FAT32 NTFS filesystem (NTFS is a must!).

5) Open Windows Command Prompt with elevated privilege to run diskpart and robocopy:

diskpart – command-line version of Disk Management snap-in
  • diskpart – to execute diskpart program.
  • list disk – to find out disk number given by diskpart for the USB flash drive, says disk 3.
  • select disk 3 – get diskpart to work with this particular disk number.
  • list partition – to display partition table of the selected disk, says partition 1.
  • select partition 1 – get diskpart to work with this particular disk partition.
  • active – get diskpart to mark the selected partition as active partition (only active partition is bootable in the eye of BIOS).
  • detail partition – to confirm the selected partition has been set to active partition successfully.
  • exit – to quit from diskpart interactive command prompt.

robocopy – Windows 7 robust file copy utility
Run this command to mirror or replicate whatever files in Windows 7 system repair disc to bootable USB flash drive (says E: is the optical drive and F: is USB flash drive in Windows Explorer):
robocopy E: F: /MIR /V /FP

After the replication done, you’ll have a bootable Windows 7 USB system repair disk to facilitate Windows recovery on the move, just in case the laptop or netbook running Windows 7 corrupted and fails to boot.

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  1. sabre 21-03-11@06:07

    Thanks a lot. Your instructions were extremely helpful.

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