Creating ISO files of Acronis products
If your computer does not boot or you have a new computer without any operating system installed on it, you can boot your computer with Acronis bootable media. The bootable media is a USB flash drive or a CD with Acronis software on it. This way, you can recover from a backup in case your computer does not boot anymore.
All current versions of Acronis software can create bootable USB flash drives. We recommend creating a bootable media in advance. Plug in the USB flash drive.
Start Acronis software. Starting from Acronis True Image 2019 you can also create a bootable USB disc with backup file(s).
Creating a Bootable USB Flash Drive
See product documentation for more details. Plug in the USB flash drive. Start your computer. On the screen, you see Acronis bootable media interface. For example, this is how Acronis True Image bootable media looks:. If you encounter issues when creating a bootable USB flash drive or disk by means of Acronis bootable media builder you can try one of the workarounds below:.
Creating Acronis bootable media on a USB flash drive (applies to Windows Vista/7/2008/2008 R2). Insert your flash drive;. Hit Win-R (Start-Run) and type cmd to open a command-line;. Type diskpart to run Windows DiskPart utility:.
Type list disk to list all disks attached to the machine:. Type select disk [number] to select your flash drive:. Type clean to remove any formatting from the selected disk:. Type create partition primary:.
Type select partition 1 to select the only partition, which you now have on the flash drive:.
Type active to mark the partition as active:. Type format fs=fat32 to format the disk in FAT32 (otherwise the drive will not be bootable):. Type assign to assign a drive letter:. Type exit to exit Windows DiskPart utility:.
Run your Acronis product;. Pick Tools -> Create Bootable Rescue Media;. Follow all steps of the wizard and select your USB flash drive as media.
- 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. For instructions on how to create Acronis Survival Kit, see this article.
- In the Tools section, click Rescue Media Builder:. 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.
How to boot from USB on Linux?
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. Select a destination for the media:. 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). 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. Select architecture and toolkit:.
How to create Acronis Bootable Media on a Mac
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).
- 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.