Acronis True Image 2019 How to create rescue bootable media on Windows Computer

It is strongly recommend to create bootable rescue media immediately after the first backup; if the operating system crashes, the only way to restore it from Acronis True Image 2019 backup is restoring from the bootable 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 these instructions to create a bootable media.

STEP 1. Open Acronis True Image

STEP 2. On the side menu, select Tools

STEP 3. Under Tools section, click on Rescue Media Builder

STEP 4. Choose a creation method:

  • Simple — This is the easiest option. 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. For users of Windows XP, Acronis True Image checks if WAIK or WADK is installed on your computer, and if so, then WinPE-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. 


STEP 1. Select a destination for the media:

  • CD/DVD
  • USB flash drive
  • ISO image file
  • WIM image file (available only for WinPE-based media)

STEP 2. Click Proceed


STEP 1. First, select the bootable media type: WinPE-based media or Linux-based media

If you select the option “WinPE-based media”

STEP 2. Select architecture and toolkit:

  • 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).

STEP 3. 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.

STEP 3. Select a destination for the media:

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

STEP 4. Click Proceed

If you select Linux-based media

STEP 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

STEP 2. Click Proceed to create the bootable media

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