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Mike, why don't they have a category for Windows 10? But that's not my question...I recently got a new Dell desktop pc and they say to create a 'recovery drive' for Windows and have steps on how to do it. Just how crucial is it to do that? If I'm creating another drive on my computer, won't that eat up tons of space, or will they tell me to put it on a disk? I haven't gone through the process yet and not sure I want to. Thanks

Hello Lee

Actually this is a very important step with your new computer. To answer your question, no, there is no additional drive space used for this, since all new computers no longer come with a windows operating system disk the actual installation files and operating  system setup are already on a hidden partition on your existing hard drive. The reason for the backup 'recovery disk' creation is so that you can reinstall and repair windows, should the drive become un-bootable or you have to remove it for a new one. In doing so would leave you with no operating system since that resides on the drive that failed. Therefore by creating this recovery backup it will allow you to reinstall windows.

Visit the following links that are provided by DELL Tech support to understand this more, as well as learn just how to do this with the videos provided.

I hope this helps


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