65508: Acronis True Image 2021: how to create bootable media

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    Last update: 30-03-2021

    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 the instructions below to create a bootable media.

    For instructions on how to create Acronis Survival Kit, see this article

    How to create Acronis Bootable Media on a Windows computer

    1. In the Tools section, click Rescue Media Builder:

    2. Choose media creation method:

    • Simple—This is the easiest option, suitable for most users. 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. 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. 

    You can also download a Bootable Media ISO image file from your Acronis account: see How to download Acronis bootable media ISO. This ISO image is Linux-based.

    To be able to recover to dissimilar hardware, create Acronis Bootable Media with Universal Restore.  See Creating Acronis Universal Boot media and Restoring to dissimilar hardware with Acronis Universal Restore.

    We recommend to test your bootable media so that you can be sure it will boot when needed: see User Guide for instructions.

    How to create Acronis Bootable Media on a Mac

    We strongly recommend creating a bootable media immediately after the first backup; if the operating system crashes, the only way to restore it from Acronis True Image backup is restoring from the bootable media.

    If your Mac includes the Apple T2 chip then you need to modify Secure Boot settings in order to boot from Acronis Bootable Rescue Media: see Acronis True Image on Mac: Changing startup options on Apple T2 chip

    To create Acronis bootable rescue media:

    1. Connect a removable drive to your Mac.

    The drive must have 4 GB (or more) of free space. For example, you can use an external hard drive or a USB flash drive. Note that CD and DVD media are not supported.

    2. If your Mac is running on Apple silicon processor, format the removable drive manually before creating Acronis Bootable Media.

    3. Open Acronis True Image 2021.

    4. In the File menu, click Create Acronis Bootable Media. The Acronis Media Builder window opens.

    5. Select the drive that you want to make bootable.

    6. Click Create Media. If the drive is not empty, Acronis True Image 2021 will ask you to confirm deleting all the data stored on the drive. To confirm, click Erase.

    7. When the progress is complete, disconnect the media and keep it in a safe place. You can store your own data on the media, but make sure that you do not delete or modify the Acronis boot files.

    We recommend that you create a new rescue media every time you upgrade your macOS to a newer version. Otherwise, your rescue media may not work properly.