Create a Recovery Boot disc (Advanced Mode with ADK instructions)

Last Updated: Jan 04, 2017 12:12PM PST
A guide to create a image restore boot disc through Advanced Mode using:

This step by step guide will assist you in creating a Recovery Boot Disc for USB and CD/DVD using advance mode. Our current version of NovaBackup PC (Version 18.5) Supports USB flash drives from 1GB to 16GB in total space.
What is the difference between Simple Mode and Advanced Mode?

Simple mode would be for those running a Workstation operating system such as Windows 10, and Advanced mode would be for those running a Server operating system such as Windows Server 2012 R2.  Regardless of OS type you are required to use Advanced mode if your computer has a RAID controlled internal hard drive.  If your computer contains a RAID controller, the RAID controller driver is required to be added via Advanced mode Recovery Boot Disc creation, in order to support restoring to the RAID controlled hard drive.  If this is not done then you will not see your RAID controlled hard drive when booting to the Recovery Boot Disc. You want to use advanced mode if you have a special graphics driver, a special Network controller, or RAID/storage controller.
Selecting the "Advanced Mode"
Click on the “Image Backup” button

Click on “Launch Image Backup Tool for Backup/Restore/Boot CD Creation”

Click on “Boot Disc”

Choose “Advance” and click next.


Downloading and Installing Windows ADK
If you don’t have Windows ADK installer, download it from the Microsoft website. (You can skip this if you already have the Windows ADK installed)

Click on the “Download button”

After the Windows ADK is done downloading, open and install the program.

Make sure the install path is going to C:\Program Files (x86)\Windows Kits\ and click next.

Make sure that you have “Windows Preinstallation Environment (Windows PE)” and “Deployment tools” checked.

Wait for the program to install. (This can take some time)

After the program is done installing, you can close the program. Afterward, go back into the NovaBackup program and click “Next” to proceed to the next screen.

Press the “Search” button and locate your Windows ADK folder that was installed.
Note: It should be located in C:\Program Files (x86)\Windows Kits\8.1\Assessment and Deployment kit. If you don’t see the folder “8.1” but you see “Windows kits” then you may have another version of the Windows ADK. Search in the folder “Windows kits” and see if you find “8.0”, “8.1” or “10” and if so direct the install location to one of those folders with the folder called “Assessment and deployment”. Afterwards, click next.


Creating the Boot disc image
If you have additional drivers or applications you would like to add to boot disc, click on “Show optional files list” then click on “Add/Browse” to add your drivers/applications. Here is where you can add: Raid/storage controllers, special network drivers,etc. If you don’t have any special drivers or applications to add, you can click on “create image” to start the process of creating your bootable recovery image.


Wait as the program creates your bootable recovery image.

After image has been created successfully, click next.

USB Method
From here we are going to write the boot image onto your USB flash drive.
Some tips to remember:
The USB Flash drive must be 1Gb to 16Gb in total space on the drive.
Locate your USB drive and click “Finish” to start the writing process to the USB.

Once it says, “process completed” you are finished and have successfully created your bootable recovery USB drive.

CD/DVD Method Using Windows Disc Image Burner
From here we are going to write the boot image onto your CD/DVD using Windows Disc Image Burner.

Copy the Source of where your bootable recovery image is and locate that directory in Windows Explorer. (You can copy the source destination and paste the directory into windows explorer or you can search for the folder)

Look for “DRBoot.iso” as this is your bootable image file. Right click on the file and open with Windows Disc Image Burner. (Note: If Windows Disc Image Burner does not show up first on your selections, then you may have a 3rd party burner software installed on your computer that you can use. If you don't have Windows Disc Image Burner or a 3rd party burner software installed on your computer then you would want to look for a 3rd party burning software online and use that to burn your image file.)

When the Windows burner program pops up, select the CD/DVD drive you want to burn the image to. Afterwards, click Burn. (You can check the “Verify disc after burning” to check the integrity of the disc.)

After the burning process is completed, you will have burned your bootable recovery image onto a CD/DVD.

Helpful Tips

* If you are running Windows 10, you can use the Windows 8.1 ADK or the Windows 10 ADK. Windows 10 ADK contains additional drivers to support newer chipset motherboards, newer video cards, and USB 3.0 in general. 
If you are running Windows 10 and would like to use the Windows 10 ADK, you can find the download page: HERE

* Use a USB flash drive that is between 512mb and 16GB. The boot disc itself is about almost 400mb. If you want to use a USB flash drive for the boot disc but have other files and folders on the USB flash drive; you can copy the files and folders to your computer, write the recovery image to your USB flash drive, then paste the files and folders back on the USB flash drive.

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