How to Create a Chromebook Recovery USB Drive Using Chrome OS

Chrome OSis a stable operating system that receives regular updates from Google. Most of the time, this happens in the background without distracting you from whatever you’re using a Chromebook for. Unlike other operating systems,Chrome OSdoes not perpetually nag to update.

How to Create a Chromebook Recovery USB Drive Using Chrome OS

Despite it’s stability, peace of mind can be taken from the knowledge that safety exists in having a pre-prepared recovery USB drive. Just in case the worst case scenario does happen.

In this tutorial, I shall show you how to create aChrome OSUSB recovery drive using Chrome OS as the operating system to create the USB drive.

Google Chrome Recovery Utility

For the purposes of creating a Chrome OS USB recovery drive, Google provides a Recovery Utility app.

Before You Start

Before you start, it’s best to be prepared. You’ll need the following:

  • A spare USB drive, minimum 4GB
  • A computer running Chrome OS

How to Create a Chrome OS Recovery Drive

1. Download the Recovery Utility

How to Create a Chromebook Recovery USB Drive Using Chrome OS

Boot up the Chrome OS computer, open Chrome, navigate to the Chrome Web Store and download the Chromebook Recovery Utility.

2. Open the Utility

How to Create a Chromebook Recovery USB Drive Using Chrome OS

Add the Recovery Utility to Chrome and launch it.

You’ll need a spare 4GB USB drive that will be erased during the process. Alternatively, if the Chromebook has an SD card slot, you can use an SD Card for the recovery media.

3. Identify the Chromebook

How to Create a Chromebook Recovery USB Drive Using Chrome OS

Identify the destination Chromebook. You can do this using the Chromebook identification code, or you can select the make and mode from a list.

In this case, Chromebook means any machine that runs Chrome OS. It means Chromebox desktops as well as Chromebook laptops.

How to Create a Chromebook Recovery USB Drive Using Chrome OS

For instance, I created the recovery media for a Chromebook Pixel using a Lenovo ThinkCentre running Chrome OS.

4. Insert the USB Drive

How to Create a Chromebook Recovery USB Drive Using Chrome OS

If you have already inserted the USB drive or SD Card, select it from the list. If you have not yet inserted the recovery media, do it now and ensure that it is correctly selected.

5.Create the Recovery Image

How to Create a Chromebook Recovery USB Drive Using Chrome OS

Double check that you’ve selected the correct USB or SD media as it will be permanently deleted. Once you’ve checked and selected the correct drive, click the blue Create Now button.

How to Create a Chromebook Recovery USB Drive Using Chrome OS

The utility will go through the steps of creating the recovery image on the USB drive or SD Card.

This process will take a few minutes, so it’s best to go and have a cup of tea. Don’t interrupt the process by closing the application or turning off the computer.

6.Remove the USB Drive

How to Create a Chromebook Recovery USB Drive Using Chrome OS

The utility will let you know when the process is complete. Eject the USB drive or SD Card and label it clearly.

Keep the recovery USB drive or SD Card in a safe place, just in case you need it in the future.

When to Use the Chrome OS Recovery Drive

Once the USB Recovery Drive has been created, label it and store it somewhere safely.

1. Identify the Problem

If the Chromebook ever shows the messageChrome OS is missing or damaged. Please insert a recovery USB stick or SD card, then you’ll be safe in the knowledge that you have a prepared by creating a recovery USB drive.

2. Power Down

Power down the device. Plug in the recovery drive

4. Insert the ChromeOS USB Recovery Drive

Insert the Chrome OS USB recovery drive into a spare USB port on the Chromebook.

5. Power Up

Insert the recovery media, USB drive or SD Card, that you created earlier and follow the on-screen instructions.

Conclusion

Better to be safe than sorry. Whilst computers in general, and Chromebooks specifically, are pretty reliable these days, there’s no telling when something may go awry.

Investing a few minutes creating recovery media will pay dividends in the long run should it be required in restoring an ailing Chromebook.