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How To Create a Chromebook Recovery Image

When Google set out to create Chrome OS, it was designed to be very stable and require no maintenance from the user, however, nothing is flawless.

In this tutorial we’ll show you how to create a recovery disk for your Chrome device.

“Just Works”

Google’s Chrome OS has been designed to be stable, secure and to “just work”. Users should not need to update software, troubleshoot issues and make sure their computer is virus-free; Chrome OS is design to handle all the maintenance.

Chrome OS cant boot, requires recovery.

Chrome OS cant boot, requires recovery.

However, Google has implemented a recovery tool into Chrome OS incase something does go wrong.

A Chrome OS Recovery Disk is used to wipe and restore your Chrome device back to a factory state. You may switch on your Chrome device to find out that it will not boot, and will ask you to restore Chrome OS from a recovery image.

But there are other reasons why you may want to restore including:

  • You plan on selling or giving away your Chrome device
  • You want to toll back to a stable release of Chrome OS

To do it, all your need is a USB Flash Drive or an SD Card that is at least 4GB in size.

Creating a Recovery Disk

There are two ways to create a recovery disk: using your Chrome device or a traditional desktop computer.

The easiest way to create a recovery disk is on your Chrome device; since the recovery tool will download the correct disk image for your Chrome device automatically, while if you create the recovery disk on your computer you will have manually select the correct recovery image, you may select the wrong image.

If you rather create the recovery disk on your computer, you can find the download links for the recovery tool on the Chrome OS help site.

Plug your USB Flash Drive or SD card into your Chrome device. Navigate to chrome://imageburner. Start the recovery tool and follow the on-screen instructions. The process will wipe your USB Flash Drive/SD Card and download the latest image. Once its completed, your recovery disk is ready to go.

chromeos-recoverydisk

Forcing a Recovery

If you want to wipe your Chromebook and restore to a clean stable state, you first need to reset your Chrome device.

A small button can be found underneath your Chrome device, you will need a pin or a paper clip to press the button. Hold the button down, and turn on your Chrome device. You should see the Chrome OS recovery error message appear.

Insert your recovery disk, and it should start recovering Chrome OS to factory state.

chromebook-resetbutton

  • http://btwnworlds.tumblr.com/ Lou G

    I just had to use this. It worked fantastic!

  • http://www.allardschmidt.nl/ Allard Schmidt

    Shouldn’t a Chrome device not just use a into the Firmware build Internet Recovery like on modern Apple Macs?

  • Kathleen N

    Can more than one recovery image be stored on a single drive? I have 18 Chromebooks coming and I do not have 18 dedicated flash drives available!

    • Leo Green

      You’ll only need one recovery image

  • Peter Frazier

    Anyone know how big of a card do you need? i have a variety of sizes..

    • oldrocker99

      4 GB will do it.

  • Scott H

    Is there any way to simply check and repair the file system on Chrome OS? Something like fsck? And how would I run it without the root file system being mounted?

  • Luis

    Hi, the link “chrome://imageburner” is not available. Please, how I can do to recover my Acer Chrome c710-2847???

    • Denver Devil

      I can’t even get the recovery tool to completely download the image. That machine and platform both suck.

  • wirelessjohn

    where is the reset button on the CR48 please? (Hardware version Mario Pony)

  • Dork Knight

    I’m using an acer c7 chromebook. I installed Chrubuntu onto the device and partitioned 146GB of the 350GB HDD that came with it. When I run the system recovery image on the chromebook, will this completely wipe out the partitions for the Linux side of the chromebook? I would like to know any info you can provide in the event that I ever decide to default to Chrome OS and uninstall Linux.

    • oldrocker99

      It will completely wipe the disc so far as I can tell. I have had to restore both Chrome OS and then Chrubuntu several times on my C7, to the point that the hard drive is going south. I may replace it with a SSD. We’ll see if it works.

  • LisIris Bleuet

    Thank you :)

  • ysabel

    if i didn’t made a recovery usb, can i still repair my chromebook acer 7?

  • Elaine McCrorie

    my chromebook has crashed , before I do the recovery procedure , is there anyway to save data?