Creating a Bootable USB Drive with True Image

Acronis True Image recovers all your data and puts everything back exactly where it was in case of a disaster. True Image Cloud enables you to sync files across multiple devices, use online-backup service for extra safety. And what is more, it supports Windows 10 OS! Friendlier user interfaces makes it easier than ever to backup and restore your data. The new Extended Capacity Manager to allow you to take advantage of more than 2 Terabytes of external storage that some versions of Windows may not allow.

This review of True Image will show how easy it is to create a bootable USB flash drive. If the USB drive is large enough you can even store an image of the computer on the drive so you can carry it anywhere.

It is always a good idea to make a bootable rescue media when using Acronis True Image.  If your computer become so unstable that it is unbootable, you can use the rescue media to restore a previously created image to get your computer up and running quickly and easily. We have reviewed how to create a bootable CD in previous versions of True Image and that process has not changed.  In this review of Acronis True Image, a bootable USB drive will be created. This also works if you have True Image Cloud.

Acronis has always made it easy to create a rescue media and the creation of a bootable USB drive using True Image is no exception. From the Tools tab, simply select the Rescue Media Builder as the following screenshot demonstrates.

Click on the Rescue Media Builder in the Tools Section

Now you have a choice of creating the Acronis Bootable Rescue Media or the WINPE Based Media. The latter provides better compatibility with your computer’s hardware, some pretty advanced stuff in there so we will stick with the easiest.

Choose bootable media type

Then choose the media destination. You can create a bootable CD, DVD, USB Flash Drive or build an .iso image of a bootable disc. I chose the USB Drive and proceeded.

Choose media destination

When it was done, it told me so.

Bootable Media has been created successfully

Now let’s see if it works.  Depending on your computer manufacturer, you may need to press a key or invoke a set of keys to make your computer boot to the USB Drive.  You may even have to go into the BIOS to change settings to boot from a USB drive.  Consult your computer manufacturer for instructions on how to do that.

After the computer booted to the Acronis True Image program in low-level mode, this is what it looks like. From this screen you can backup, recover and use the utilities available in the program without actually booting your PC to Windows.

The Acronis True Image screen as seen booted from the flash drive

The Acronis Bootable media, whether you choose to make a bootable CD or USB drive is an important step to protect your Operating System and important data from being lost forever.  Hard Drives crash, Windows crashes and there are many unforeseen events that could happen to make your computer unusable.  The Bootable Rescue Media could very well be a lifesaver when it comes to retrieving data.

Once again, Acronis has made it very easy to protect your data with this new release of True Image 2017 with True Image Cloud.  This is a recommended utility to have in your arsenal of data backup and recovery utilities.

Acronis True Image 2017 has been released and it makes it easier than ever to back up your computer and devices. With just 2 clicks of the mouse, you can do a full image backup of a computer. It doesn’t get much easier than that. This version added many new features including the ability to backup an unlimited number of iPhones, iPads, and Android mobile devices with Wi-Fi to your computer, it even backs up your Facebook stuff. It is 3 to 6 times faster than the completion when backing up to an external drive and 25% faster than the previous version when backing up to the Acronis cloud. The 2017 version still has all of the other useful features that are essential in a complete backup program. Clone Disk, Try&Decide, Bootable Rescue Media Builder and Startup Recovery Manager are readily available. See our full review of Acronis True Image.


Acronis True Image 2017