Create a Recovery Boot disc (Simple Mode)

Last Updated: Jan 04, 2017 12:12PM PST
A guide to create a image restore boot disc through simple mode using:
This step by step guide will assist you in creating a Recovery Boot Disc for USB and CD/DVD using simple 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.

Here is a link to the "Advanced Mode" guide: HERE
Creating the Boot Disc Image

Click on the “Image Backup” button

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

Click on “Boot Disc”

Choose “Simple” and click next

Click “Create Image”

Wait for the program to create the boot image

Once the boot image is finished being created, 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

Wait while the writing process is completed

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.
Click on “Just create ISO file, do not write to boot media”.

Wait for the program to finish creating the image file. 

Go to where the “Source ISO” file is located on the computer. Boot disc image files usually save in “C:\ProgramData\TempDR\”. The Boot disc image is usually in a “DRBackup” folder that gets created after the software is finished creating the image file. You can copy the directory and paste the directory into the Windows File explorer or you can search for it. 

Once you are in the “Source ISO file” directory, look for “DRBoot.iso”. Click on “DRBoot.iso” 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.)

Verify that the drive you want to burn the image to, then click “Burn”. Once the burning process is complete you will have successfully created your boot disc on 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

* If you boot from your recovery boot disc and find that the screen is too big and you can't see all the text, then you would want to use the advanced mode to add your video card driver to the boot disc. 
Here is a link to the "Advanced Mode" guide: HERE
Here is a link to a knowledge based article that covers disaster recovery/image backup GUI resolution display issue: 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.

* Remember that you would need to use the advanced mode to add any raid controllers if you have any. 
Here is a link to the "Advanced Mode" guide: HERE

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