To resolve problems with the PC's primary hard drive, you must create and use a System Repair Disk. It's an important tool you must have for PC troubleshooting.
- [Instructor] The system repair disk isn't really a disk at all. No, you'll probably use a thumb drive as opposed to an optical disk or floppy disk. You use the system repair disk to start your computer in times of woe, and hopefully, fix some problems. In this movie, I'll show you how to create a system repair disk. So, grab yourself a thumb drive or a media card, and ensure that its capacity is at least eight gigabytes. Stick the thumb drive into a USB port. If you're using a media card, insert it now. Ensure that the thumb drive or media card doesn't store anything you need.
The process of creating a system repair disk erases the media. Dismiss or ignore any notification that pops up after you insert the system repair disk media. To create the system repair disk in Windows 10, you summon the Control Panel. Press the Windows + X key combination, and choose Control Panel. Under the System and Security heading, choose, "Save backup copies of your files with File History." File History is an important feature to activate, and I strongly recommend that you use File History or some other form of backup.
This topic is covered in another course. For now, choose the Recovery item. Click the link, "Create a recovery drive." Click Yes in the UAC to confirm. Ensure that the option to back up system files to the recovery drive is checked. That way, Windows system files can be recovered from the repair disk media. Click the Next button. Wait while the system calculates how much storage it needs. It then displays available media, which includes the removable drive you've already attached to the computer.
Choose that drive. Here I'm going to choose drive D:\(RECOVERY). That just happens to be the USB thumb drive I just inserted. Click Next. You're reminded that the media will be erased. Click the Create button. Windows builds the recovery disk. This process takes a few minutes. Upon success, you see that the recovery drive is ready. Click Finish. The system repair disk is bootable media.
You can use it to start your computer. To try out the disk, keep the media attached to your PC, and restart Windows. Hit the Start button, Power, Restart. Now, when the computer restarts, you wanna hit that special key, it's F12 on this computer, to enter that boot menu. On some computers, it could be F2, could be F10. You wanna tap that key as soon as the startup message appears. There's the logo. I press F12.
And here's the boot menu. It's gonna look different on other computers. You may see a list similar to this, you may see a more detailed list. On this one, the Legacy Boot: USB Storage Device is the one I want. I'll press Enter to start the computer from that disk. So this may look like Windows, but what's happening is the PC is booting from the system repair disk. This is how you would start the computer if, for example, the hard drive didn't come online.
What you see is the repair mode screen, which is very similar to the Windows recovery menu, covered in another movie. The tools here help you diagnose and repair any problem with the system's primary storage device. When it doesn't work, when it won't come online, when it won't find the operating system, this is how you would repair it. At this point here, assuming that you don't have any trouble to shoot, you can choose the Continue option to start Windows normally. Other movies in this course cover how to use the tools available on the system repair disk in more detail.
For now, make sure you label that thumb drive as the system repair disk so you know when to use it, and you know where to find it, should you ever need it.
- Diagnosing the causes of PC issues
- Troubleshooting hardware and software
- Performing startup and system restore steps
- Accessing the Task Manager
- Using the Registry Editor
- Fixing Windows
- Maintaining storage drives
- Restoring network connectivity