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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 the instructions below to create a bootable media.

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How to create Acronis Bootable Media on a Windows computer

1. In the Tools section, click Rescue Media Builder:

2. Choose media creation method:

  • Simple—This is the easiest option, suitable for most users. Acronis True Image will choose the optimal media type for your computer. If you use Windows 7 or a later version, WinRE-based media will be created. Otherwise, Acronis Media Builder will create a Linux-based media.
  • Advanced—This option allows you to choose a media type, therefore you can create the rescue media not only for your computer, but for a computer running a different Windows version.
If you select Simple media creation

1. Select a destination for the media:

  • CD/DVD
  • USB flash drive
  • ISO image file (you can burn the ISO image to CD/DVD separately)
  • WIM image file (available only for WinPE-based media)

2. Click Proceed:

If you select Advanced media creation

First, select the bootable media type: WinPE-based media or Linux-based media.

Using bootable media created with WinPE may provide better compatibility with your computer’s hardware because the preinstallation environment uses Windows drivers.

If you select the option 'WinPE-based media':

1. Select architecture and toolkit:

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  • Choose 64-bit (x64), regardless of whether your Windows is 64-bit or 32-bit.

    Note on the option '32-bit (x86)':
    The option '32-bit (x86)' under the 'Architecture' drop-down list is for very rare cases of tablets and other devices, that run 32-bit UEFI firmware - not to be confused with 32-bit Windows!

  • Select a toolkit that you want to be used for the rescue media creation. Windows Recovery Environment is recommended, because it usually has all the drivers required for the successful hardware recognition. In case of significant hardware upgrade scenarios, like a migration from old SATA HDD to a faster m.2 NVMe SSD you may need to add drivers for the new hardware on the next step of the Media Builder.
  • If the Windows Recovery Environment is missing or Acronis Media Builder is unable to detect it, choose the second or third option. If you plan on using NMVe / M.2 / U.2 / RAID / PCIe, the second option (Windows 8, 8.1 and Windows 10) is preferred, even if the operating system inside the backup is still Windows 7, because here the operating system refers to the choice of the base of the bootable media, the small 'portable' OS that runs inside the bootable media, completely independent from the operating system inside the backup.
  • If you choose Windows AIK or Windows ADK and you do not have the selected kit installed on your computer, then you first need to download it from the Microsoft website, and then install the required components—Deployment Tools and Windows Preinstallation Environment (Windows PE).

2. For better compatibility with your hardware, you can select drivers to be added to the media. Because finding the right drivers can be time consuming, you can skip this step, finish creating a bootable media, try and boot the computer from it and see if the disks / network / NAS are detected successfully in the Recovery's 'Browse' dialog window. If some hardware is not detected, re-create the bootable media, this time not skipping this step and adding the drivers.

The drivers must be extracted in a folder so that individual files .inf, .sys, .cat etc are present. If the drivers are in a single .exe or .msi file, try launching this file, see if it offers an option to extract rather than install drivers.

Download and unzip drivers from the computer manufacturer's website. You need drivers, that are listed under 'Storage', 'Chipset', 'Disks', 'SATA', 'AHCI', 'RAID', 'NVMe', 'PCIe', 'M.2', 'U.2', 'USB', 'Network', 'Ethernet', 'Wi-Fi' sections. If you do not need network support, skip 'Ethernet', 'Network' and 'Wi-Fi'.

Sometimes computer manufacturers do not provide the drivers in extractable format, or the PC's hardware could have been customized afterwards. In such case you need to figure out the model of the controller that is used to access the disk and find the drivers for it in zip/rar/7z format.

One of the most popular drivers that are needed for a successful internal drive recognition, and that are missing in the default clean WinPE media, are Intel RST drivers.

Click here to expand information on how to find the right Intel RST drivers

Download and unzip the latest version of Intel RST drivers that support the hardware where the bootable media will be used. If you are unsure about what model of Intel controller is used, launch Windows Start menu, type cmd, right-click the found result and select 'Run as administrator' or 'More'-'Run as administrator', then execute the following command:

wmic path win32_pnpentity where 'caption like '%Chipset%' OR caption like '%AHCI%' OR caption like '%RAID%' OR caption like '%SATA%' get caption

Note that the above command should be run on the computer where the bootable media is intended to be used, not where the media builder is running (if these are different computers).

Find the latest version of Intel RST drivers at https://downloadcenter.intel.com/product/55005/Intel-Rapid-Storage-Technology-Intel-RST-

Version 16.8: https://downloadcenter.intel.com/download/28400/Intel-Rapid-Storage-Technology-Intel-RST-User-Interface-and-Driver-for-Intel-7th-8th-Generation-Platforms

  • Intel® 300/240 Series Chipset Family
  • Intel® 200 Series Chipset Family SATA AHCI/RAID Controller
  • 7th Generation Intel® Core™ Processor Family Platform I/O SATA AHCI/RAID Controller
  • Intel® 100 Series/C230 Series Chipset Family SATA AHCI/RAID Controller

Version 15.9 https://downloadcenter.intel.com/download/27400/Intel-Rapid-Storage-Technology-Intel-RST-User-Interface-and-Driver

  • Intel® 200 Series Chipset Family SATA AHCI/RAID Controller
  • 7th Generation Intel® Core™ Processor Family Platform I/O SATA AHCI/RAID Controller
  • Intel® 100 Series/C230 Series Chipset Family SATA AHCI/RAID Controller
  • 6th Generation Intel® Core™ Processor Family Platform I/O SATA AHCI/RAID Controller

Version 14.8 https://downloadcenter.intel.com/download/26759/Intel-Rapid-Storage-Technology-Intel-RST-User-Interface-and-Driver

  • Intel(R) 9 Series Chipset Family SATA AHCI/RAID Controller
  • Intel(R) 8 Series/C220 Series Chipset Family SATA AHCI/RAID Controller
  • Intel(R) 7 Series/C216 Series Chipset Family SATA AHCI/RAID Controller
  • Intel(R) C600 Series Chipset SATA AHCI Controller

Version 12.9 https://downloadcenter.intel.com/download/23496/Intel-Rapid-Storage-Technology-Intel-RST-User-Interface-and-Driver?product=55005, requires an earlier version of Windows ADK.

  • Intel(R) 8 Series/C220 Series Chipset Family SATA AHCI/RAID Controller
  • Intel(R) 7 Series/C210 Series Chipset Family SATA AHCI/RAID Controller
  • Intel(R) 6 Series/C200 Series Chipset Family SATA AHCI/RAID Controller
  • Intel(R) 5 Series/3400 Series SATA AHCI/RAID Controller
  • Intel(R) X79 Express Chipset

Version 11.7 https://downloadcenter.intel.com/download/22194/Intel-Rapid-Storage-Technology-Intel-RST-User-Interface-and-Driver?product=55005, requires an earlier version of Windows ADK

RAID Controllers:

  • Intel(R) Desktop/Workstation/Server Express Chipset SATA RAID Controller
  • Intel(R) Mobile Express Chipset SATA RAID Controller
  • Intel(R) ICH7MDH SATA RAID Controller
  • Intel(R) ICH7R/DH SATA RAID Controller

AHCI Controllers:

  • Intel(R) 7 Series/C216 Chipset Family SATA AHCI Controller
  • Intel(R) 7 Series Chipset Family SATA AHCI Controller
  • Intel(R) Desktop/Workstation/Server Express Chipset SATA AHCI Controller
  • Intel(R) Mobile Express Chipset SATA AHCI Controller
  • Intel(R) 5 Series/3400 Series SATA AHCI Controller
  • Intel(R) 5 Series 4 Port SATA AHCI Controller
  • Intel(R) 5 Series 6 Port SATA AHCI Controller
  • Intel(R) ICH10D/DO SATA AHCI Controller
  • Intel(R) ICH10R SATA AHCI Controller
  • Intel(R) ICH9M-E/M SATA AHCI Controller
  • Intel(R) ICH7M/MDH SATA AHCI Controller
  • Intel(R) ICH7R/DH SATA AHCI Controller

After figuring out which version suites the hardware where the bootable media will be used, click 'f6flpy-x64.zip' on the left side to download the driver files, regardless of whether your Windows is 32 or 64-bit.

Note on the option 'f6flpy-x86.zip':
You will want to choose 'f6flpy-x86.zip' instead in very rare cases - only for running the bootable media on a 32-bit UEFI firmware (not to be confused with 32-bit Windows!).

Unzip the downloaded zip archive, then click the plus sign in Acronis Bootable Media Builder and select the unpacked folder. Then click Next button.

3. Select a destination for the media:

    • CD/DVD
    • USB flash drive
    • ISO image file
    • WIM image file
  • 4. Click Proceed.
If you select Linux-based media

1. Select a destination for the media:

  • CD/DVD
  • USB flash drive
  • ISO image file

On this step you can also specify startup parameters for bootable media, for better compatibility with certain hardware. See Bootable media startup parameters for more information

2. Click Proceed to create the bootable media

You can also download a Bootable Media ISO image file from your Acronis account: see How to download Acronis bootable media ISO. This ISO image is Linux-based.

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To be able to recover to dissimilar hardware, create Acronis Bootable Media with Universal Restore. See Creating Acronis Universal Boot media and Restoring to dissimilar hardware with Acronis Universal Restore.

We recommend to test your bootable media so that you can be sure it will boot when needed: see User Guide for instructions.

How to create Acronis Bootable 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 from Acronis True Image backup is restoring from the bootable media.

If your Mac includes the Apple T2 chip then you need to modify Secure Boot settings in order to boot from Acronis Bootable Rescue Media: see Acronis True Image on Mac: Changing startup options on Apple T2 chip

To create Acronis bootable rescue media:

1. 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.

2. If your Mac is running on Apple silicon processor, format the removable drive manually before creating Acronis Bootable Media.

How to format removable drive for bootable media: click to expand

Format the destination drive manually before creating bootable media:

  1. Open Disk Utility
  2. The list of available drives on the left in Disk Utility window. Choose the external drive you'd like to use for Acronis Bootable Media
  3. Click on the Erase option from the four options available in the main window.
  4. Select the following values for erasing the disk:
    • Format:Mac OS Extended (Journaled)
    • Partition scheme: GUID partition map
  5. Click Erase to format the drive

3. Open Acronis True Image 2021.

4. In the File menu, click Create Acronis Bootable Media. The Acronis Media Builder window opens.

5. Select the drive that you want to make bootable.

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6. Click Create Media. If the drive is not empty, Acronis True Image 2021 will ask you to confirm deleting all the data stored on the drive. To confirm, click Erase.

7. When the progress is complete, disconnect the media and keep it in a safe place. You can store your own data on the media, but make sure that you do not delete or modify the Acronis boot files.

We recommend that you create a new rescue media every time you upgrade your macOS to a newer version. Otherwise, your rescue media may not work properly.

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This article describes how to create a WinPE-based bootable media with Acronis True Image 2017 in Windows. Note that this guide does not cover any WinPE customizations, like adding custom drivers, startup scripts etc. The resulting media will have the default set of drivers from the installed ADK/AIK.

For more recent versions of Acronis True Image see:

General information about Acronis bootable rescue media

Acronis bootable rescue media is a bootable CD, DVD, USB flash drive or ISO image, used mainly for:

  • recovering purposes, when a disaster strikes and you are not able to boot your computer and launch Acronis True Image in Windows
  • system migration, when you need to restore your system from an image file (backup) to a new hardware ('bare metal')

There are other functions that bootable media can perform: disk cloning, offline system imaging and others.

Differences between default (Linux-based) and WinPE-based medias

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Acronis bootable media can be based either on a Linux operating system (the default choice) or WinPE.

Linux-based bootable media is easier and faster to create, compared to WinPE, but may not work properly with some hardware: local disks/RAID/network card might not be detected, the visual picture might be distorted, the environment might stop responding or crash in rare cases. See instructions at https://kb.acronis.com/content/58816 on how to create the default Linux-based bootable media.

WinPE stands for Windows Preinstallation Environment. Read more about its latest version at Microsoft website. See the history of WinPE versions.

WinPE requires more time and effort to build, but once created, it not only supports all kinds of computers where Windows could be installed (default WinPE media, covered by this guide), but also allows various customizations of the bootable environment (WinPE customization is out of the scope of this article):

  • custom drivers for rare hardware
  • personalized startup scripts for automatic connection to your network drives and other tasks
  • custom background pictures
  • copying custom files and programs (WinPE plug-ins) to the bootable media

An exception to the wide range of hardware supported by WinPE are wireless adapters. Microsoft did not include a module for establishing Wi-Fi network connection into WinPE. Even if you customize the WinPE and add correct drivers for the wireless network adapter, you will not be able to use Wi-Fi under WinPE, because of the missing module. Only Acronis Linux-based media supports Wi-Fi.

How it works

Before creating a WinPE-based media, you need to download and install Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit (Windows ADK) or Windows Automated Installation Kit (AIK).

Windows ADK/AIK contains a bootable Windows environment with a minimal feature set. This environment is completely independent from your current Windows version. E.g. you may have Windows 7 32-bit on your computer and use a bootable media with Windows 10 64-bit environment on it.

When you use Acronis True Image to create your WinPE-based media, Acronis Media Builder takes a clean Windows PE image, copies Acronis True Image into it and sets Acronis True Image as the default start option. So, when you boot your computer with the created CD/DVD or USB flash drive, the following happens:

  1. Computer boots: BIOS/UEFI starts reading the CD/DVD or USB flash drive.
  2. WinPE loader starts up. As with any Windows bootable media, you are asked to press any key to continue booting from the media.
  3. WinPE environment loads. Windows loading logo is displayed, similar to what you see when computer is starting up normally.
  4. Once the operating system is fully initialized, you see a black command-line window on the screen.
  5. Acronis True Image launches automatically as a part of the WinPE's startup script.
  6. The main Acronis True Image screen appears, with Restore, Backup, Tools and other options to get started.
  7. You can start working with Acronis True Image program. In addition to Acronis software, you also have a regular Windows cmd tool available to you. To access it, just click on the black window behind Acronis True Image to switch to it.

Limited support for 32-bit UEFI devices

Some tablets (and other devices as well) may have 32-bit UEFI firmware. See https://kb.acronis.com/content/59194 on how to check if your computer has 64-bit or 32-bit UEFI.

It is possible to create a WinPE-based media that supports 32-bit UEFI with Acronis Universal Restore tool on it only. You cannot create a WinPE-based media with the main product (Acronis True Image 2017), that would boot on 32-bit UEFI devices. Linux-based versions of both Acronis True Image 2017 and Universal Restore do support 32-bit UEFI. It means that if you have 32-bit UEFI device, then:
  • you can use Linux-based bootable medias of both Acronis True Image 2017 and Universal Restore
  • you can use a WinPE-based media with Acronis Universal Restore tool only
  • you cannot use a WinPE-based media with Acronis True Image 2017

64-bit UEFI is fully supported by both Acronis True Image 2017 and Acronis Universal Restore, both Linux and WinPE versions.

Solution

Please follow the steps below to create Acronis True Image WinPE-based media:

Step 1. Download and install Windows ADK/AIK

Windows XP SP3 users:

1. Download the ISO installation file for Windows Automated Installation Kit (AIK) from https://www.microsoft.com/download/details.aspx?id=5753.

Ignore the fact that it says 'for Windows 7' - it only means that the resulting media will run Windows 7 based version of WinPE. As explained in the introduction part of this article, Acronis rescue bootable environment works regardless of the Windows version installed on your computer and the Windows that you want to restore. You can perfectly restore backups of Windows XP and perform other operations by using a WinPE based on Windows 7. Acronis True Image 2017 does not support earlier WinPE versions (built on Windows XP and Vista); only 3.0 (based on Windows 7) and newer are supported.

2. Burn the downloaded file as an ISO image to a CD/DVD or USB flash drive. This will not be your Acronis bootable media. This CD/DVD/USB is only a preparation step before installing Windows AIK.

(!) Do not just copy-paste the file to the CD/DVD/USB drive. You need to write it 'as an ISO image'. If you do not have a third-party software for writing ISO images, use these free tools:

For writing to a CD/DVD: http://www.freeisoburner.com/. If the disc is ejected after burning, please put it back and close the tray.

For writing to a USB flash drive: http://www.isotousb.com/

3. If Windows AIK installation screen does not show up automatically, see the contents of the CD/DVD/USB and double-click 'StartCD.exe' in the root folder:

4. Install .NET Framework 2.0 and MSXML 6.0 SP1 from the left menu. Follow on-screen instructions to complete the installation of these two auxiliary modules.

5. After .NET Framework 2.0 and MSXML 6.0 SP1 are installed, click on Windows AIK Setup to start the installation of the AIK itself:

6. Click Next:

7. Click Agree to accept the license terms, and then click Next:

8. Click Next:

9. Click Next:

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10. Wait until the installation completes:

11. Close the installation window and the menu window.

Windows 7, 8, 10 users:

1. Download the installation file for Windows 10 ADK and run it. It is an online installer, less than 2 MB in size itself. During the installation it will download additional 3.4 GB from the Internet.

Download WinPE add-on for the ADK as well.

Ignore the title 'Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit - Windows 10' - it only means that the resulting media will run Windows 10 based version of WinPE. As explained in the introduction part of this article, Acronis rescue bootable environment works without regard to the Windows version installed on your computer and the Windows that you want to restore. For example, you can restore a backup of Windows 7 and perform other operations by using a WinPE based on Windows 10.

2. If Microsoft .NET 4.5 Framework is not installed on your computer, you will be prompted to install it. It is required for Windows ADK to work. Mark the checkbox to accept the license terms, click Accept & Install and complete the installation of Microsoft .NET 4.5 Framework.

3. If Microsoft .NET 4.5 is already installed, you will see the first installation screen. Click Next:

4. Decide whether you want to send statistics on ADK usage to Microsoft and click Next:

5. Click Accept to agree with the license terms:

6. Now you are asked, what components of Windows ADK should be installed. We do not need all of them. Mark only the checkbox Deployment Tools. Uncheck all other checkboxes and click Install.

7. If prompted for a confirmation, click Yes to allow the installation:

8. The installer starts downloading the full installer from Microsoft's website to your computer. Wait for the process to complete.

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9. Once the installation is finished, click Close:

10. Launch the downloaded Windows PE add-on for the ADK and follow the wizard's instructions for the installation. Installation steps are similar to the ADK installation steps described above.

Step 2. Using Acronis Bootable Media Builder to write the media

If you do not plan on restoring/migrating your system to a different computer, you only need one bootable media, with Acronis True Image 2017 on it.

If you do, you need to create two medias: one CD/DVD/USB flash drive with Acronis True Image 2017 and another one with Acronis Universal Restore. First use Acronis True Image 2017 media to restore Windows, then boot the computer with the second media and apply Acronis Universal Restore to make the system bootable on the new hardware.

Acronis Bootable Media Builder does not allow placing both Acronis True Image 2017 and Acronis Universal Restore on the same WinPE-based media.

Creating media with Acronis True Image 2017

1. Start Acronis True Image and click the Tools icon on the left sidebar:

2. Click Rescue Media Builder:

3. Click WinPE-based media with Acronis plug-in:

4. Select the CD/DVD or USB flash drive to write the media to:

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6. Wait until the process completes. It may take several minutes: the program will be extracting the contents of downloaded WinPE image in background, copying Acronis True Image program into it, packing it all back together and writing the resulting image:

7. Once the bootable media is created, click Close:

Creating Acronis Universal Restore media

1. Start Acronis True Image and click the Tools icon on the left sidebar:

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2. Click Acronis Universal Restore:

3. Acronis Universal Restore media builder opens. Click Next:

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If you see a different screen instead, with a green 'Download' button on it, it means that Universal Restore Media Builder is not installed on your computer yet. Please follow instructions here and then return to this article.

4. Click Default (Linux-based media) to open the list of available bootable media types:

5. Select Windows PE from the drop-down list:

6. Mark the Create x64 media checkbox, regardless of whether your Windows or the system that you plan to recover is 32 or 64-bit. Leave this checkbox unmarked only if you plan on using the media on a 32-bit UEFI firmware. Keep in mind that the firmware version does not always correspond to the Windows version running on it, for example, you may have 32-bit Windows on 64-bit UEFI firmware. Read more about 32-bit UEFI devices support in the Introduction part of this article. Click here to learn how to check whether you have 32 or 64-bit UEFI firmware.

7. Click Next:

8. A black window with scrolling text appears. Do not do anything, just wait for it to close:

9. Acronis Universal Restore's main function is to allow the recovered system recognize the new chipset or RAID controller found on the new computer. It is done by injecting the corresponding drivers after the system recovery is done with Acronis True Image 2017 media. At the current stage of building the bootable media you are asked to specify drivers for the new mass storage device controller. You can skip this step, if you are not sure on which computer you will be recovering/migrating your system, and add the drivers later, when booted from the media. In addition to the mass storage device controller drivers, you can also add drivers for the network card here. See more details about Acronis Universal Restore at https://kb.acronis.com/content/2149 and https://kb.acronis.com/ati2017/aur.

Drivers for other kinds of devices (graphic card, audio, etc.) are not supported by Acronis Universal Restore. All the drivers must be in unpacked form: there must be at least one .inf file. Drivers in .zip and .exe forms are not accepted. If you are unsure about where to find the right drivers, consult the website of your new computer's manufacturer, 'Support' - 'Downloads' section, look for 'Chipset', 'Storage', 'SATA', 'RAID' items.

Click Add:

10. Select the folder with the drivers and click OK:

11. The program searches the indicated folder and its subfolders for drivers and lists found items:

12. You can see the names of the supported devices for each driver by clicking on the plus sign near the file's name:

13. Click Next:

14. Select the destination for the bootable media and click Next:

15. Click Proceed to write the media:

16. A number of black command-line windows will be opening and closing, one for each driver that you specified previously. They indicate that the media builder is copying drivers into the bootable media. Do not do anything with them, just wait for the process to complete.

17. Once the media is created, click OK to close the media builder:

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