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 How-To, we show you how to create a recovery disk for your Chrome device.
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. However, Google has implemented a recovery tool into Chrome OS encase 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 ask you to recovery Chrome OS from a recovery disk. You can also use a recovery disk to wipe to a factory state, encase you were selling/giving away your Chrome device or you wanted to restore Chrome device to clean state. You can also use a recovery disk to restore your Chrome device back to a stable release of Chrome OS; if your device was having issues with a Dev or Beta version of Chrome OS, this is quick method to restore Chrome OS back to stable.
I strongly recommend that you create a Recovery disk as soon as possible; and have available encase you need to recovery your Chrome device. All your need is a USB Flash Drive or an SD Card which is at least 4GB.
Creating a Recovery Disk
There are two ways to create a recovery disk, either on your Chrome device or on your 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.
In this How-To, I will be showing you how to create a recovery disk via your Chrome device; 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.
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.