Monday, 9 February 2015

Create Recovery Media For The HP Chromebook

Posted by Gary Newell  |  at  22:27 2 comments


One of the most popular posts on this site shows how to install Ubuntu and Minecraft on an HP Chromebook.

Some people find that guide difficult to follow. I am therefore reworking the article and cutting out any waffle. 

The first part of this process is to show how to create the recovery media for the HP Chromebook which is what this article is all about.

What You Will Need

All you will need to create a recovery drive for the HP Chromebook is a blank USB drive and a fair bit of patience.

The recovery drive only needs to be 4 gb in size but as you can see from the image to the left a 16 gb drive is only £5.

You can also use an SD Card.

Create OS Recovery Media
Create OS Recovery Media

To create a recovery partition open up the Chrome browser and type the following:
Note: there is no http:// 

A "Create OS Recovery Media" screen will appear. Insert a blank USB drive or SD Card and press "OK" to continue.

Download Recovery Media
Download Recovery Media

The image will begin to download. The amount of time this takes depends on your internet connection.

Extracting Recovery Media
Extracting Recovery Media

When the image has finished downloading it will be extracted straight to the USB drive or SD Card.

Recovery Media Created
Recovery Media Created

When the process is complete a success message will appear stating that your recovery media is ready.

Take your USB drive or SD card and put it somewhere very safe and leave it there until it is needed. (Which will hopefully be never).


This is a very short post but hopefully nice and succinct.

This guide should also work for the Acer Chromebook.

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About the Author

Gary Newell started the Everyday Linux User blog in 2010 and has written reviews on dozens of different Linux based operating systems. He has also written a number of tutorials.

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  1. If the original OS were replaced with an UBUNTU distro, could the original OS be re-installed at a later date using this recovery media? If so, have you done that yourself?

  2. It’s in reality a great and helpful piece of info. I’m happy that you just shared this useful info with us.Please keep us up to date like this. Thanks for sharing


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