1526: Starting Acronis Product from USB Flash Drive

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You can do this directly from the product

This article applies to:

  • Acronis Backup (Acronis Backup & Recovery)
  • Acronis True Image Home
  • Acronis True Image 9.1
  • Acronis True Image Echo
  • Acronis Snap Deploy
  • Acronis Disk Director


Any of the listed Acronis products can be run on a bare-metal or unbootable computer. To do this, it is necessary to create Acronis Bootable Media. A USB flash drive or disk can be used for this purpose.


You can create Acronis Bootable Media on a flash drive from within the product:

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)

  1. Insert your flash drive;
  2. Hit Win-R (Start-Run) and type cmd to open a command-line;
  3. Type diskpart to run Windows DiskPart utility:
  4. Type list disk to list all disks attached to the machine:

  5. Type select disk [number] to select your flash drive:

  6. Type clean to remove any formatting from the selected disk:

  7. Type create partition primary:

  8. Type select partition 1 to select the only partition, which you now have on the flash drive:

  9. Type active to mark the partition as active:

  10. Type format fs=fat32 to format the disk in FAT32 (otherwise the drive will not be bootable):

  11. Type assign to assign a drive letter:

  12. Type exit to exit Windows DiskPart utility:

  13. Run your Acronis product;
  14. Pick Tools -> Create Bootable Rescue Media;
  15. Follow all steps of the wizard and select your USB flash drive as media.

More information

For additional information on what Acronis Bootable Media is and what types of it are supported please see Standalone Version of Acronis Software.



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