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Install Debian Series (Part -1 Creating Recovery drive and a bootable drive)


The series focuses on installing Debian as a primary OS and removing Windows/ formatting Windows.

Part - 1 focuses on creating a recovery drive and a bootable drive.


  • Wired Internet connection (Wired is preferred as the wireless drivers have to be added as part of installation)
  • One USB flash drive (atleast 16 GB in size) if you want to create a Windows 10 recovery drive
  • One USB flash drive for creating a bootable media to load the Debian OS.
  • Of course a laptop.

1. Creating a Windows Recovery Drive / System Repair disc

The recovery drive will store Windows OS with the system files which will allow you to reinstall Windows again at a later point in time. Consider the recovery drive as a factory reset/Wipe data option in a mobile phone nowadays.

Any personal files or applications will not be backed up in the recovery drive. For that, you need to do a system image backup which will backup everything. System Image Backup will require an external hard drive as it is a large file. For eg. If you have a 1TB hard drive with 100 GB of used size, the system image backup will almost be about 100 GB in size.


  1. Insert the formatted/clean USB flash drive which is at least 16 GB in size. The steps below are done for Windows 10. It might change a little bit for other versions of Windows.

  2. Press Windows button + S. Type Recovery Drive.
    Back up system files to the recovery drive checkbox. Keep it checked.
    Select the USB drive once it appears. Click next.

  3. Get a snack, this will take sometime to finish.

  4. Click finish and store the USB at a safe place.

2. Creating a bootable USB flash drive for Debian

  1. Download required ISO (*.iso) file for Debian from the here.

  2. Download the Rufus software from here. This is a helper software to create a bootable media.

  3. Insert a formatted USB flash drive and open Rufus.

  4. Select the USB flash drive in device.
    Select the ISO file.
    [optional] Give an appropriate Volume label (flash drive name).
    Keep everything else as default option.
    Click start and click close once it is ready.

We are now ready to start the setup process. Go to Install Debian Series (Part-2)

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