Monday, October 12, 2009

Creating Acronis Bootable Media on a USB Flash Drive



These instructions apply to:
  • Windows Vista
  • Windows Server 2008

  1. Insert your flash drive;

  2. Hit Win-R 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.

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