Acronis True Image 2020 Universal Restore

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  1. Open Acronis True Image 2020 and select Add backup; Specify both the source (either the entire PC or system partition) and destination (the external USB hard drive) of the kit; Select Create the Acronis Survival Kit option that appears under the destination panel; Follow the wizard instructions to create your boot media and backup.
  2. With Acronis True Image 2020, you can easily find and restore individual files or folders from a local backup on an external USB drive using the virtual disk feature. In addition, you can easily find and restore files or folders from the secure Acronis Cloud backup.

Restoring to dissimilar hardware is not available on Mac (neither for OS X, nor for the Bootcamp partition).

Acronis Universal Restore is a free tool available for Acronis customers, which allows you to make the old system bootable on new hardware. This may be useful, for example, after replacing a failed motherboard or when deciding to migrate the system from one computer to another.

Mar 27, 2020 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. Open Acronis True Image 2020. In the File menu, click Create Acronis Bootable Media. The Acronis Media Builder window opens. Exclusive to Acronis, Universal Restore works behind the scenes to disassociate your backups from hardware dependencies while still retaining all necessary system data—files, configurations, applications, operating system, and more. When you restore your backup to a new location, Universal Restore performs the following. Perform recovery of the backed up system. From your Acronis account, download Acronis Universal Restore media builder and create a bootable media containing Acronis Universal Restore - a free tool available for Acronis customers (see details below), which allows you to make the restored system bootable on dissimilar hardware.

Restore to dissimilar hardware procedure overview:

  1. Validate the backup you want to restore from.
  2. Prepare necessary drivers.
  3. Create Acronis Bootable Media with Acronis Universal Restore Tool. You need this media to restore from your backup and apply Universal Restore afterwards to make your old system bootable on new hardware.
  4. Connect Acronis Bootable Media to your computer and restart the computer. Restore your system.
  5. After recovery, start your new computer once again and use Universal Restore to make the restored system bootable on the new hardware.
  6. Now you can start the computer and work with your system restored to the new hardware.
Step 1 - Validate your backup

Validation is an operation that checks backup integrity and thus the possibility of data recovery from a backup.

You can validate your Entire PC or system disk backup in two ways:

  1. Using Acronis True Image in Windows: click the angle symbol near the backup you want to validate, and then click Validate.
  2. Using bootable media: right-click the backup, and then click Validate Archive.
Step 2 - Prepare drivers for the new hardware

Acronis Universal Restore is a tool that allows changing Windows Hardware Abstraction Layer (HAL.dll) and install mass storage boot device drivers into the system.

It installs boot device drivers (e.g. hard drive or RAID controller drivers) into the system during the recovery process, so that the operating system can boot from this boot device. If there are proper NIC drivers present in the folder with the drivers, Acronis Universal Restore will copy them into the restored system and will schedule their installation on Windows boot-up.

(!) All the other drivers (e.g. video and sound card drivers, plug and play drivers) are not installed by Acronis Universal Restore, as they can be installed in Windows after the successful migration.

Before applying Universal Restore to a Windows operating system, make sure that you have the drivers for the new HDD controller and the chipset. These drivers are critical to start the operating system. Use the CD or DVD supplied by the hardware vendor or download the drivers from the vendor’s Web site. The driver files should have the *.inf, *.sys or *.oem extensions. If you download the drivers in the *.exe, *.cab or *.zip format, extract them using a third-party application (e.g. free 7-zip tool or any other).

Once you have the necessary drivers on hand, you need to place them to a location Acronis bootable media can access, for example:

  • add them to the bootable media while creating it in the bootable media builder as described in step 3
  • place them on a USB stick or an external drive and plug it in before applying Universal Restore as described in step 5
  • place them on a network share that is accessible for computers in your network and point to this share before applying Universal Restore as described in step 5

What if you do not have drivers

Windows 7 and later versions include more drivers than the older Windows operating systems. There is a great chance that Universal Restore finds all necessary drivers in the Windows 7 driver folder. So, you may not necessarily have to specify the external path to the drivers. Nevertheless, performing Universal Restore is critical so the system uses the correct drivers.

The Windows default driver storage folder is determined in the registry value DevicePath, which can be found in the registry key

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersion

This storage folder is usually WINDOWS/inf.

Note for Windows XP users
Microsoft has stopped Windows XP support on April 8, 2014, more and more hardware manufacturers discontinue testing their harware for compatibility with Windows XP, thus you may experience issues when/after restoring a Windows XP system to new hardware. Please consult your hardware manufacturer to make sure the new hardware is compatible with Windows XP.

Step 3 - Download Acronis Universal Restore Media Builder and create Acronis bootable media with Acronis Universal Restore Tool
  1. In Acronis True Image, navigate to Tools, and then select Acronis Universal Restore.
  2. Click Download to download Acronis Universal Restore Media Builder in .msi format.
  3. Install the downloaded file.
  4. Start Acronis True Image, navigate to Tools, and then select Acronis Universal Restore again.
  5. Acronis Universal Restore Media Builder starts. Click Next.
  6. Select the way the disks and volume will be represented. Windows-like representation is selected by default, you can leave it as is unless you specifically want to have Linux-like representation.
  7. Optionally, specify Linux kernel parameters. See Linux Kernel Parameters.
  8. Select bothTrue ImageandAcronis Universal Restore.
  9. Optionally, specify startup parameters.
  10. Select a destination for the media: CD/DVD, USB flash drive, ISO image.
  11. Specify the mass storage drivers to be used by Acronis Universal Restore.

    You do not have to add the drivers now. You can do this later when you apply Acronis Universal Restore to a machine.

  12. Click Proceed to create the media.
Step 4 - Restore your system
See this guide in product documentation.
Step 5 - Apply Acronis Universal Restore
  1. Boot the machine once again with Acronis Bootable Media.
  2. Select the Acronis Universal Restore option.
  3. Add a folder with the drivers under Automatic drive search.
  4. Click OK.

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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 these instructions 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.
If you select Simple media creation

1. Select a destination for the media:

  • CD/DVD
  • USB flash drive
  • ISO image file (you can burn the ISO image to CD/DVD separately)
  • WIM image file (available only for WinPE-based media)

2. Click Proceed:

If you select Advanced media creation

First, select the bootable media type: WinPE-based media or Linux-based media.

Using bootable media created with WinPE may provide better compatibility with your computer’s hardware because the preinstallation environment uses Windows drivers.

If you select the option 'WinPE-based media':

1. Select architecture and toolkit:

  • Choose 64-bit (x64), regardless of whether your Windows is 64-bit or 32-bit.

    Note on the option '32-bit (x86)':
    The option '32-bit (x86)' under the 'Architecture' drop-down list is for very rare cases of tablets and other devices, that run 32-bit UEFI firmware - not to be confused with 32-bit Windows!

  • Select a toolkit that you want to be used for the rescue media creation. Windows Recovery Environment is recommended, because it usually has all the drivers required for the successful hardware recognition. In case of significant hardware upgrade scenarios, like a migration from old SATA HDD to a faster m.2 NVMe SSD you may need to add drivers for the new hardware on the next step of the Media Builder.
  • If the Windows Recovery Environment is missing or Acronis Media Builder is unable to detect it, choose the second or third option. If you plan on using NMVe / M.2 / U.2 / RAID / PCIe, the second option (Windows 8, 8.1 and Windows 10) is preferred, even if the operating system inside the backup is still Windows 7, because here the operating system refers to the choice of the base of the bootable media, the small 'portable' OS that runs inside the bootable media, completely independent from the operating system inside the backup.
  • If you choose Windows AIK or Windows ADK and you do not have the selected kit installed on your computer, then you first need to download it from the Microsoft website, and then install the required components—Deployment Tools and Windows Preinstallation Environment (Windows PE).

2. For better compatibility with your hardware, you can select drivers to be added to the media. Because finding the right drivers can be time consuming, you can skip this step, finish creating a bootable media, try and boot the computer from it and see if the disks / network / NAS are detected successfully in the Recovery's 'Browse' dialog window. If some hardware is not detected, re-create the bootable media, this time not skipping this step and adding the drivers.

The drivers must be extracted in a folder so that individual files .inf, .sys, .cat etc are present. If the drivers are in a single .exe or .msi file, try launching this file, see if it offers an option to extract rather than install drivers.

Download and unzip drivers from the computer manufacturer's website. You need drivers, that are listed under 'Storage', 'Chipset', 'Disks', 'SATA', 'AHCI', 'RAID', 'NVMe', 'PCIe', 'M.2', 'U.2', 'USB', 'Network', 'Ethernet', 'Wi-Fi' sections. If you do not need network support, skip 'Ethernet', 'Network' and 'Wi-Fi'.

Sometimes computer manufacturers do not provide the drivers in extractable format, or the PC's hardware could have been customized afterwards. In such case you need to figure out the model of the controller that is used to access the disk and find the drivers for it in zip/rar/7z format.

One of the most popular drivers that are needed for a successful internal drive recognition, and that are missing in the default clean WinPE media, are Intel RST drivers.

Click here to expand information on how to find the right Intel RST drivers

Download and unzip the latest version of Intel RST drivers that support the hardware where the bootable media will be used. If you are unsure about what model of Intel controller is used, launch Windows Start menu, type cmd, right-click the found result and select 'Run as administrator' or 'More'-'Run as administrator', then execute the following command:

wmic path win32_pnpentity where 'caption like '%Chipset%' OR caption like '%AHCI%' OR caption like '%RAID%' OR caption like '%SATA%' get caption

Note that the above command should be run on the computer where the bootable media is intended to be used, not where the media builder is running (if these are different computers).

Find the latest version of Intel RST drivers at https://downloadcenter.intel.com/product/55005/Intel-Rapid-Storage-Technology-Intel-RST-

Version 16.8: https://downloadcenter.intel.com/download/28400/Intel-Rapid-Storage-Technology-Intel-RST-User-Interface-and-Driver-for-Intel-7th-8th-Generation-Platforms

  • Intel® 300/240 Series Chipset Family
  • Intel® 200 Series Chipset Family SATA AHCI/RAID Controller
  • 7th Generation Intel® Core™ Processor Family Platform I/O SATA AHCI/RAID Controller
  • Intel® 100 Series/C230 Series Chipset Family SATA AHCI/RAID Controller

Version 15.9 https://downloadcenter.intel.com/download/27400/Intel-Rapid-Storage-Technology-Intel-RST-User-Interface-and-Driver

  • Intel® 200 Series Chipset Family SATA AHCI/RAID Controller
  • 7th Generation Intel® Core™ Processor Family Platform I/O SATA AHCI/RAID Controller
  • Intel® 100 Series/C230 Series Chipset Family SATA AHCI/RAID Controller
  • 6th Generation Intel® Core™ Processor Family Platform I/O SATA AHCI/RAID Controller

Version 14.8 https://downloadcenter.intel.com/download/26759/Intel-Rapid-Storage-Technology-Intel-RST-User-Interface-and-Driver

  • Intel(R) 9 Series Chipset Family SATA AHCI/RAID Controller
  • Intel(R) 8 Series/C220 Series Chipset Family SATA AHCI/RAID Controller
  • Intel(R) 7 Series/C216 Series Chipset Family SATA AHCI/RAID Controller
  • Intel(R) C600 Series Chipset SATA AHCI Controller

Version 12.9 https://downloadcenter.intel.com/download/23496/Intel-Rapid-Storage-Technology-Intel-RST-User-Interface-and-Driver?product=55005, requires an earlier version of Windows ADK.

  • Intel(R) 8 Series/C220 Series Chipset Family SATA AHCI/RAID Controller
  • Intel(R) 7 Series/C210 Series Chipset Family SATA AHCI/RAID Controller
  • Intel(R) 6 Series/C200 Series Chipset Family SATA AHCI/RAID Controller
  • Intel(R) 5 Series/3400 Series SATA AHCI/RAID Controller
  • Intel(R) X79 Express Chipset

Version 11.7 https://downloadcenter.intel.com/download/22194/Intel-Rapid-Storage-Technology-Intel-RST-User-Interface-and-Driver?product=55005, requires an earlier version of Windows ADK

RAID Controllers:

  • Intel(R) Desktop/Workstation/Server Express Chipset SATA RAID Controller
  • Intel(R) Mobile Express Chipset SATA RAID Controller
  • Intel(R) ICH7MDH SATA RAID Controller
  • Intel(R) ICH7R/DH SATA RAID Controller

AHCI Controllers:

  • Intel(R) 7 Series/C216 Chipset Family SATA AHCI Controller
  • Intel(R) 7 Series Chipset Family SATA AHCI Controller
  • Intel(R) Desktop/Workstation/Server Express Chipset SATA AHCI Controller
  • Intel(R) Mobile Express Chipset SATA AHCI Controller
  • Intel(R) 5 Series/3400 Series SATA AHCI Controller
  • Intel(R) 5 Series 4 Port SATA AHCI Controller
  • Intel(R) 5 Series 6 Port SATA AHCI Controller
  • Intel(R) ICH10D/DO SATA AHCI Controller
  • Intel(R) ICH10R SATA AHCI Controller
  • Intel(R) ICH9M-E/M SATA AHCI Controller
  • Intel(R) ICH7M/MDH SATA AHCI Controller
  • Intel(R) ICH7R/DH SATA AHCI Controller

After figuring out which version suites the hardware where the bootable media will be used, click 'f6flpy-x64.zip' on the left side to download the driver files, regardless of whether your Windows is 32 or 64-bit.

Note on the option 'f6flpy-x86.zip':
You will want to choose 'f6flpy-x86.zip' instead in very rare cases - only for running the bootable media on a 32-bit UEFI firmware (not to be confused with 32-bit Windows!).

Unzip the downloaded zip archive, then click the plus sign in Acronis Bootable Media Builder and select the unpacked folder. Then click Next button.

3. Select a destination for the media:

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    • CD/DVD
    • USB flash drive
    • ISO image file
    • WIM image file

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  • 4. Click Proceed.
If you select Linux-based media

1. Select a destination for the media:

  • CD/DVD
  • USB flash drive
  • ISO image file

On this step you can also specify startup parameters for bootable media, for better compatibility with certain hardware. See Bootable media startup parameters for more information

2. Click Proceed to create the bootable media

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 2020 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. Open Acronis True Image 2020.

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

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

5. Click Create Media. If the drive is not empty, Acronis True Image 2020 will ask you to confirm deleting all the data stored on the drive. To confirm, click Erase.

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6. 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 Mac OS X to a newer version. Otherwise, your rescue media may not work properly.

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Acronis True Image 2020 Universal Restore Download

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