You can create a rescue bootable media - a standalone version of Acronis True Image that you can use to boot a crashed machine or a machine without any operating system and restore an image of your system. Follow these instructions to create a bootable media.
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On a Windows computer
Acronis true image 2017 bootcd iso This article describes how to use Acronis True Image 2017 to create WinPE-based bootable media in Windows. This guide does not cover WinPE customizations, such as custom drivers, startup scripts, and so on. The resulting media has a default set of drivers for the installed ADK/AIK.
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You can create a Bootable Media using the Rescue Media Builder in the program interface, or using Bootable Media ISO image.
Option 1. Rescue Media Builder
If you have Acronis True Image installed, create the Bootable Media using the Rescue Media Builder.
- Attach a USB flash drive to your computer or insert a CD/DVD.
- Start the product and click the Tools sign -> Rescue Media Builder:
- Select Acronis bootable rescue media:
- Select the media type:
- Click Proceed:
Option 2. Bootable Media ISO image
You can always download a Bootable Media ISO image file from your account web page on any computer and create the bootable media even on a computer where Acronis True Image is not installed. The only restriction that exists in this case is that the bootable media as an ISO image can be burnt only to a CD/DVD disc. You cannot create a bootable USB thumb drive this way.
1. Insert a blank CD or DVD disc
2. Open a web browser and sign into your account at https://account.acronis.com/:
3. Click Downloads in the Acronis True Image section:
4. If a download starts automatically, cancel it. Locate the link 'Bootable Media ISO' on the download page and click it to start the correct download:
5. Save the ISO file somewhere on the computer. When the download finishes, right-click the downloaded file and select 'Burn disc image':
6. Mark the checkbox 'Verify disc after burning' and then click the Burn button to start writing the media:
On a Mac
(!) We strongly recommend creating a bootable media immediately after the first backup; if the operating system crashes, the only way to restore it is restoring from the bootable media.
The bootable media can be only created if the Recovery partition is present on the machine.
- Connect a removable drive to your Mac. The drive must have 4 GB (or more) of free space. For example, you can use an external hard drive or a USB flash drive. Note that CD and DVD media are not supported.
- Open Acronis True Image.
- In the File menu, click Create Rescue Media:
- The Acronis Media Builder window opens. Select the drive that you want to make bootable.
- Click Create Media.
We recommend that you create a new rescue media every time you upgrade your Mac OS X to a newer version. Otherwise, your rescue media may not work properly.
I reinstalled Acronis True Image 2017 on my computer that had crashed recently. After the installation, the software indicated an update was available, and I selected to have it installed. The program indicates under Account “Version 2017, Build 8058', and “The product is up to date.” I used the Acronis Rescue Media Builder to create a bootable USB flash drive. The program indicated that the creation process was successful, and when I checked the drive properties I found that the total size of files copied was 603 mb. However, when I tried booting the computer from the USB drive, the Acronis program started but froze after a few moments. The screen first showed a black and white image with a message “Starting Acronis loader ...”, then a blue Acronis True Image screen with four options of running the software. I selected the first option, 'Acronis True Image', after a which another blue Acronis screen appeared with a long list of patent numbers. Finally, another black and white screen displayed with the message “Loading, please wait ...” The screen then went black, and stayed that way for several minutes until I gave up and turned off the computer. I repeated the process but instead selected the third option of 'Acronis True Image (64 bit)', but the results were the same. The brand of flash drive that I used is Verbatim. I decided to try a different brand and created another bootable USB using SanDisk. However, the results were exactly the same.
My computer is a one-year-old Dell desktop model XPS 8910 running the latest update of Windows 10. To start the computer with the Acronis bootable USB, I pressed F12 to activate Boot Options when the Dell startup screen appeared. On the screen that appeared afterwards, under the heading of Legacy Options, I scrolled down to the second option of booting from a USB storage device. At the top of the screen, a heading indicated “Boot mode is set to: Legacy; Secure boot: Off.” On another attempt, I tried a different boot option. Under the heading of 'UEFI Options', I scrolled down to the boot option of “USB1 - UEFI OS (Verbatim Store n Go 8.07). On this attempt, a small black and white screen appeared with three selections. I selected the first option, “Acronis True Image (64 bit)”. After a few brief progress messages, once again a black and white screen appeared with the message “Loading, please wait ...”, and again the program froze.
As a relevant aside, when I first purchased and installed Acronis True Image 2017 a year ago, I created a bootable disk. However, when I tried booting from the disk, I experienced the exact same results as I described above using the Legacy boot option for a USB drive.
Please advise me on how to successfully create an Acronis bootable USB drive without having to resort to the complicated and technical option of “WinPE-based media with Acronis plug-in” described on pages 128 through 132 of the Acronis True Image 2017 User Guide. Thanks for your help.
David, welcome to these User Forums.
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The Acronis bootable Rescue Media should be booted in the same BIOS mode as used by your Windows 10 OS - you can determine what mode that is by running msinfo32 in Windows and this will show either Legacy or UEFI.
Next, see KB 59877: Acronis True Image 2017: how to distinguish between UEFI and Legacy BIOS boot modes of Acronis Bootable Media which shows how the Rescue Media looks when booted via the different BIOS mode options.
See also KB 58108: Acronis products: using USB sticks with more than 32GB capacity as you have not mentioned what size of USB stick you are using here? You only need a minimum size of 1GB but any size will work up to 32GB provided the stick is formatted as FAT32.
Personally, my own preference is to use the Windows PE version of the Rescue Media but this in turn will require that the Windows 10 ADK is installed to provide the PE components needed. I then create the Rescue Media on USB using the MVP Custom ATIPE builder script which has worked very well for me.
In reply to David, welcome to these User… by Steve Smith
Thanks for the prompt reply. First, msinfo32 confirmed what I already suspected, that my version of Windows uses the Legacy boot option; as I indicated in my original posting, the screen displayed when the boot options is invoked at startup clearly indicates at the top heading 'Boot mode is set to: Legacy'. Second, the screen shots shown in KB 59877 match the displays I received during my attempt to boot from the USB in the default Legacy mode, except that the final screen showing that Acronis has loaded never appears. Finally, I used an 8 gb flash drive with the file format set at the default FAT 32 in both of my trials. Your advice to use the WinPE version of the rescue media corresponds to the tentative conclusion that I had drawn. I was hoping to avoid such an involved process which seemingly should be a simple procedure. I'm going to investigate switching to another backup program.
Thanks again for your help.
David, the creation process for the WinPE version of the Rescue Media is fairly simple once you have got the Windows 10 ADK files installed (which is a one-off action).
When installing the ADK, only the top 3 options from the panel shown are needed, the rest of the ADK options are not needed. If you select the option for the WinPE version in the Acronis Rescue Media Builder tool, then you will be taken to the Microsoft web site to download the ADK installer.
Please note that from ATI 2018, Acronis has changed to building WinPE rescue media by default, using the Windows Recovery Environment where possible. Most other backup programs also use WinPE media too.
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