5684: EFI Based Operating Systems Support in Acronis Products

EFI based systems are supported by the current Acronis products

Description

The following Acronis products support EFI-based systems:

  • Acronis vmProtect 8/9 - you can install Windows Agent on EFI-based system and do the backup.
  • Acronis Backup & Recovery 11.5
  • Acronis Backup & Recovery 11
  • True Image 2013 by Acronis
  • Acronis Small Office: Server Cloud Backup
  • Acronis True Image Home 2012
  • Acronis Snap Deploy 4

(!) Other Acronis products do not support systems with Extensible Firmware Interface (EFI). (!) This includes Windows running via Boot Camp and any Linux System (x32 and x64).

Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows Server 2008/2012 have a possibility to boot from from a GPT based volume and must use EFI to boot.

(!) Although it is possible to restore a GPT partition with Acronis if Windows is installed on it, the restored system will not be bootable. 

Acronis Backup & Recovery 10 can back up and recover operating systems if they are installed in BIOS/MBR mode, even if they run on EFI-capable servers.

Most servers have BIOS settings that allow booting the installation CD in BIOS/MBR mode instead of EFI mode. The MBR mode ensures that after installation the boot disk is partitioned in MBR standard, not GPT.

The following operating systems are UEFI-aware and can be installed on UEFI systems:

  • Windows Vista x64 SP1 and later
  • Windows 2008 x64 SP1 and later
  • Windows 7 x64
  • Windows 8
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 x64
  • Windows Server 2012

The following operating systems are always installed in MBR mode, and do not support EFI:

  • Any 32-bit Windows or Linux;
  • Windows Server 2000, 2003, 2008 (not R2), 2012

To check if Windows Server 2008 R2 / 2012, Windows 7 64Bit, Windows 8, or other 64Bit operating system is installed in MBR mode, do the following:

  • Go to Start -> diskmgmt.msc, right-click on system disk and select Properties;
  • In Properties window, go to Volumes tab;
  • If Partition style is Master Boot Record, then this configuration is supported by Acronis software:

    If Partition style is GPT, then this configuration is not supported.

Support of EFI-based systems will be implemented in future versions of Acronis products. This article will be updated when EFI support is implemented.

More information

See also:

For known issues with Acronis Backup & Recovery 11 on EFI systems see:

For more information on EFI see this Microsoft TechNet article: Extensible Firmware Interface.

Operating Systems:

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