61639: Acronis True Image 2019: How to create Acronis Survival Kit

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Introduction

Acronis Survival Kit is a simple all-in-one recovery tool for external drive backups based on Acronis Bootable Rescue Media. 

To recover your computer in case of a failure, you need to have two crucial components—a backup of your system disk and a bootable rescue media. Previously these components were separated, for example, the system backup is stored on an external drive or Acronis Cloud and the bootable media is a small USB flash drive. In Acronis True Image 2019, an Acronis Survival Kit combines both components so that you could have a single device that has everything that you need to recover your computer in case of a failure. It is an external hard disk drive that contains both the Acronis Bootable Media files and a backup of your system partition, entire computer, or any disk backup. Bootable media component is created based on Acronis Bootable Rescue media.

Acronis Survival Kit can be created on external hard disk drive connected via USB with at least 32 GB of free space. Starting from Acronis True Image 2019 Update 2 (Build 14610) it is also possible to create Acronis Survival Kit on 32 GB or bigger USB flash drive (this option is only available under Windows 10 Build 1703 or more recent versions)

During Acronis Survival Kit creation a hidden 2GB(Windows)/ 3.5GB(Mac) partition is created in the beginning of the drive and bootable media components are placed on that partition.

Supported file systems on external HDD for Acronis Survival Kit creation:

Windows version:

    • NTFS
    • FAT32
    • exFAT
    • If the drive has another file system, Acronis True Image 2019 suggests formatting the drive.

MacOS version:

    • APFS
    • HFS+
    • If the drive has another file system, Acronis True Image 2019 suggests formatting the drive.

Solution

On a Windows machine:

To create Acronis Survival Kit, follow the steps below:

  1. Make sure your external hard drive is plugged in
  2. Launch Acronis True Image and click Add Backup, if needed
  3. Select Entire PC or system disk as a backup source. In this example, disk C and recovery partition are selected

  4. Click on the right tile to change backup destination and select the external hard drive as a destination. Click on Create Acronis Survival Kit (this option appears only when a suitable external hard drive is selected as a destination)

  5. Click Create

    If the external HDD is not a GPT one and has a file system different from NTFS, FAT32, or exFAT, Acronis True Image 2019 suggests formatting the disk. Note that formatting will erase all data on the disk.
  6. The bootable part of Acronis Survival Kit is created. Click Back up now to create a disk/Entire PC backup and complete Acronis Survival Kit creation.

  7. After Acronis Survival Kit is created, the backup destination icon will change from generic external HDD to Acronis Survival Kit.

On a Mac:

To create Acronis Survival Kit, follow the steps below:

  1. Make sure your external hard drive is plugged in
  2. Launch Acronis True Image and click Add Backup, if needed
  3. Select Entire Mac or system disk as a backup source. In this example, Entire Mac is selected

  4. Click on the right tile to change backup destination and select the external hard drive as a destination. Click on Create Acronis Survival Kit (this option appears only when a suitable external hard drive is selected as a destination)

  5. Click Create

  6. The bootable part of Acronis Survival Kit is created. Click Back up to create a disk/Entire Mac backup and complete Acronis Survival Kit creation.

  7. After Acronis Survival Kit is created, the backup destination icon will change from generic external HDD to Acronis Survival Kit.

See also Acronis True Image 2019 on Mac: Changing startup options on Apple T2 chip

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