[v13] How To Create a Disaster Recovery Boot Disk

Last Updated: Jul 02, 2013 01:24PM PDT

Creating a Disaster Recovery Boot Disk

The user would start by opening the NovaBACKUP software and viewing the Simple View

screen (below).

Once the user is ready, click on the Disaster Recovery button this will take the user to the

Launch DR screen (below). On this screen the user is given options to create a schedule or

Launch the Disaster Recovey tool, in this case we will use the tool to create the boot disk. 

The user will click next to start the DR Wizard.  On this screen you will click the boot disc 

button that is highlighted below. 


 Once this option is chosen, the user will be taken to the Boot Disc  Introduction screen (below). 

On this screen the user will be given a brief explanation on what to expect and what needs to be

configured in order for the process to be completed.


  The user has to download the AIK kit, install the file on the host machine, create the image on the host

  machine,and write the disc on an empty or blank CD/DVD or flash drive.  Note: For bigger images, it is

  recommended to use DVD's because they generally hold more data than a CD
. When the user has

  read the highlighted area, the user will click next to advance to the next screen in the wizard. The next 

  window is the Download Windows


  Automated Installation Kit (AIK) screen above.  This part of the wizard allows the user to go to the.
  AIK download center to download and install this software on the host machine.  Once the

"Go to Download Site" button is pressed, this action takes the user to the site shown below. 

The highlight portion of this window is the 


 actual downloadable file.  The filename is called KB3AIK_EN.iso and the file size is about

 1.7GB and it is vital to obtain the Windows PE Operating System which is needed for the boot image.

 After the user downloads the file the Iso file becomes another wizard for the user to install the program

 on the host machine (below).

In this window the user has options to do many different things that pertain to this file, but the

option that the user needs to choose is the Windows AIK Setup for normal users, and for professional

IT personnel, they could use the Step-By-Step Deployment option as well. Once the Windows AIK Setup

is chosen, the wizard to install begins (below).

The user is prompted to pick next to start the wizard. Once next is chosen, the user will be

asked to accept the liscence terms (below). After acceptance, choose next.


This action would bring the user to the third screen in the installation process called Selection

Installation.  This is where the user will decide the destination of the install and who has 

permissions or access to the file (shown below).

To proceed to the next window of the wizard press next.  This will take the user to

the Confirmation of Installlation Screen (below). To advance press next.

After this action the installation will begin and the user will see a  the window below

if it is a successful installation.  The next step is closing the wizard and continuing

the boot creation process (below). This screen give the user the option to

either install the AIK from CD/DVD, the option to create a DVD/CD from a flash

drive or if it is already installed on the host machine not to reinstall.


The second part of the screen is retrieving the file from its installation destination and press next. 

This action will bring the user to the "Create the Boot Disk Image" window (below).

 In this window, the user click on the Create Image button and starts the process of creating the boot

disk image. In the second box, the user can add/remove files such as drivers and programs. This section

can only be configured if the Show optional files list box is checked. Once the image is created sucessfully,

the screen would look like the screen above with the completed steps checked off in blue.  To proceed,

the user will click the next button. This will bring the user to the Write Bootable Image screen (below).

On this screen the user has the option to choose the drive to write the bootable image onto an empty CD/DVD.

For disk imaging it is recommended to use the DVD because of the size.  If the user has a large boot image,

the user does not have the option to split the image into two parts.  To complete the process choose

the drive and place an empty DVD into the drive and press the finish button.  You have successfully created

a Disaster Recovery Boot Disk.

Troubleshooting (advanced users)
If for some unknown reason you are unable to write the boot disk to your media source, either your CD/DVD writer is not detected or Windows cannot identify your flash drive, there is a work around for burning the Boot Disk manually.   After you build the boot disk image, the iso file is saved in the %temp% folder.   This can be found in Windows 7 and 2008 at C:\Users\profile.name\AppData\Local\Temp.   A folder is generated called DRBackup508B04A3 or similar name.   In here you can find the DRBoot.iso image.   You can then write this image to a Flash disk or CD/DVD using any other software you prefer.

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