21728: Acronis Backup 11.7: Creating Acronis Bootable Media

Last update: 15-03-2023

You can create a standalone version of Acronis Backup that you can use to boot a crashed machine or a machine without any operating system.

For general information on the standalone version of Acronis software see Acronis Bootable Media.

This article describes how to create Linux-based bootable media. For information on how to create WinPE-based media see Acronis Backup: Using Acronis Media Builder to Build WinPE with Acronis Plug-In.


To create Acronis Bootable Media, you need to have Acronis Media Builder installed.

  1. Start Acronis Media Builder:
    In the main window, go to Tools -> Create Bootable Media:

    Go to Start -> All Programs -> Acronis -> Acronis Bootable Media Builder -> Run Bootable Media Builder

  2. Acronis Media Builder welcome screen is displayed. Click Next.
  3. On the next screen, you can select whether to create a Linux-based or a WinPE-base bootable media and Linux-like or Windows-like drive representation style. Since this article is devoted to the creation of Linux-based media, select Linux-based media:

    For more information on Linux-like and Windows-like disk representation, see Acronis Backup: Linux-like and Windows-like Disk Representation in Acronis Bootable Media.

  4. On the next screen you will be offered to enter Linux kernel parameters:

    You generally do not need to provide any specific parameters here, unless there is a compatibility issue with the machine's hardware and Acronis Bootable Media. See also Linux Kernel Parameters.

    You can leave the field blank.

  5. Select components to put it on Acronis Bootable Media. You can select 32-bit and/or 64-bit components. The 32-bit components can work on 64-bit hardware. However, you need 64-bit components to boot a machine that uses Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI):

    If Acronis Universal Restore is installed on the machine, it will be added to the bootable media automatically.

    If you have other Acronis products installed on the same machine, e.g. Acronis Disk Director 11 Advanced, you will be able to select them on this step to add them to bootable media.

  6. On the next step you can specify remote logon settings, network settings and network port for bootable media:

    If you leave Remote logon settings empty, connection to Acronis Agents will be enabled on typing any symbols in the prompt window.

    If you choose not to set up Network settings and Network port, Acronis Bootable Media will use the default settings.

    (!) Network settings can also be modified after booting from Acronis Bootable Media.

  7. Select where you want to create Acronis Bootable Media. You can create it on a floppy, on a CD/DVD, USB, save it on your hard drive as an ISO image or upload it to Acronis PXE server or to RIS-server:

    If you select to upload media on a Acronis PXE or RIS server, on the next step you will be offered to specify the machine where the server is installed and credentials for access.

  8. If you would like to add specific drivers for Acronis Universal Restore, click Add and browse to the folder with the *.inf, *.oem or *.sys files:

    (!) Drivers for restoring to dissimilar hardware can always be added during the restore process.

  9. Check the details on final screen and click Proceed:

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