Creating a Bootable CD using Acronis
A terrific feature that Acronis True Image has packed into the program is the ability to create a bootable CD. You are probably thinking that is not a big deal. The thing that differs the True Image bootable CD from an ordinary bootable CD is that Acronis allows you to put the entire True Image program on the bootable CD. Can you imagine the possibilities? This is a review of the Acronis True Image process of creating a CD. This is a review of the process using an older version of the program. A newer review about how to create a bootable usb flash drive is available using True Image 2014. See the review here.
What good would the Acronis True Image application be if it was sitting on your hosed hard drive? If you were to totally hose your Operating System, you could just pop the bootable CD in and run True Image from the CD to restore the image that you made in the last review. You did keep the image in a safe place didn’t you? Creating the bootable CD is just as easy as creating an image or restoring an image. Here is a quick tutorial about how to make a bootable CD with the Acronis True Image program installed on the CD.
Open up the True Image application and choose to Create Bootable Rescue Media.
The next screen you will see is the welcome screen that welcomes you to the Acronis Media Builder. Click next.
The next screen is the Rescue Media Contents Selection. Here you have a choice about whether to install the Full Version of True Image or the safe version. Choose the Full version, which includes drivers for USB and SCSI disks.
The next screen you will see is the Bootable Media Selection. For this tutorial you would choose the CD-RW drive to make a bootable CD.
The next screen simply shows you what the media builder is going to do. Check this screen over to make sure it is what you want to do and click the proceed button.
A few seconds later, the bootable CD is complete. You should test it to make sure that it will work in an emergency. Do not wait until you need it to try it. I have never had one fail but you never know. The Acronis True Image program makes disk management so easy. I wish there were programs like this one back in the day…
This is what you will see when you boot your computer with the Acronis True Image bootable CD. You could boot to Windows or run the True Image program.
This next screenshot is the full program running from the bootable CD.
With the Acronis program on CD, you could just follow the restore tutorial to restore the original image to a drive right from the CD. So if your hard drive were to totally crash, you could just buy another one and put your good image on the new drive without having to reload the Operating System. Maybe you are just running out of disk space and want to upgrade your hard drive without installing Windows again. The restore CD will work great for that purpose too! Acronis True Image is truly a life saver.
On a scale of Bytes to Brontobytes, the Acronis True Image Media Builder process gets a Brontobyte. It is the simplest boot CD I have ever made.
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Acronis True Image 2014
Acronis True Image 2014 has just been released with some exciting new features to keep your data safer than ever. The hard drive backup and imaging program still has all of the useful features as before with some great improvements including virtual hard drive support and the Universal Restore feature which allows you to restore an image to dissimilar hardware or a virtual machine. See our Full Review of Acronis True Image. True Image now supports Windows 8 and includes an online backup solution to keep your files safe, secure and available.