[Free Guide]: How to Clone HP Recovery Partition to USB Safely and Easily

You might want to clone HP recovery partition to USB for some reason, this article will show you how to copy the HP recovery partition to a new hard drive in a quick and safe way.


By Cherry / Updated on June 12, 2024

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Brief introduction of recovery partition

The recovery partition is actually the partition used to restore the Windows system, and users can use it to restore the faulty Windows system to its original state. There are two kinds of recovery partition: Windows recovery partition, and computer supplier’s recovery partition. 

The Windows recovery partition is the one that comes with the Windows system. And the computer supplier’s recovery partition is provided by the manufacturer, such as HP Recovery Partition, which can restore HP computers to factory settings. Usually, HP Recovery Partition is set as a hidden partition, which you cannot see from Windows File Explorer.

Why clone HP recovery partition to USB?

The Windows recovery partition won’t take too much space, for example, the Windows 10 recovery partition is about 450 MB. Most brand computers come with recovery partition created by manufacturers such as HP/Dell/Lenovo. Usually, it takes about 20 GB.

As the HP recovery partition will take a large space on the hard drive, many users want to delete recovery partition for releasing more free space. However, the HP recovery partition is important in a certain way: It can help you restore to factory settings when your system crashed. Thus, it is necessary to copy HP recovery partition to USB to backup HP recovery partition.

Free way to clone HP recovery partition to USB drive

Here you can learn how to clone HP recovery partition to USB drive easily (it also can be used to clone Dell, Lenovo, or other brand computer’s recovery partition).

First, you need a reliable partition cloning software, and here we highly recommend your AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard. This is an easy-to-use software that you can use to clone HP recovery partition to USB or another external hard drive easily and safely. Here are the details about how to clone HP recovery partition to USB drive with AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard.

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Step 1. Install and launch AOMEI Partition Assistant,  right-click the partition you want to clone and select the "Clone Partition" tool to run partition clone. (You can also click the "Clone" main tab and select "Clone Partition".)

Clone Partition

Step 2. In next window, select the destination partition or unallocated space to hold your source partition, and then click "Confirm".

Select Target Disk

Step 3. Then, you will enter the Confirm interface where you can check the source and destination clone location. After all is set, you can click the "Confirm" button to continue.



  • There is a "4k alignment" option. If you want to copy a partition onto a SSD (Solid State Drive), ticking this option will optimize the read and write speed on this partition. It can also extend the life of the SSD.
  • If you select the "Sector-by-Sector Clone" mode, the unallocated space must be equal or larger than source partition. If you tick the option, it will be unable to resize the destination partition.

Step 4. In the next window, you can click the "Settings" button to adjust the target partition size. As you can see from the screenshot, you could adjust the size of source partition in order to fit the target partition as per your need, or directly skip the step and click "Save".

Resize Partition

Step 5. You can preview the partition copy operating by viewing the "Pending Operations". To commit the "Pending Operations", please click "Apply" and "Proceed".


The cloning process will start and you can check the cloning process. Once the process is completed successfully, you will get a congratulation window. Finally, you can check the partition layout on the destination disk will be identical to the source partition.

Sum up

AOMEI Partition Assistant is such a great cloning software that you can use it to copy partition/disk easily. Clone HP recovery partition to USB with AOMEI Partition Assistant is such a simple thing. Actually, AOMEI Partition Assistant is more than cloning software. It contains many more functions such as partition hard drive, migrate OS to SSD, create Windows to Go USB drive, etc. You can upgrade to AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional to unlock more advanced features.

Last but not least, If you are using Windows Server 2003, 2008, 2012, 2016, 2019, 2022, you should switch to AOMEI Partition Assistant Server.

Cherry · Staff Editor
Cherry is an editor of AOMEI Technology, she covers backup & restore, hard disk & partitions management, cloud files transfer, website & database backup and so on for AOMEI. She enjoys helping people find solutions to their problems. She loves traveling, cooking, reading and so on. She takes most of time with her family when she is not working.