Restoring to M.2/NVMe drive using Acronis 11.7 & WinPE bootable media

QUESTION

How can I restore a .tib file from using Acronis Backup 11.7 to an NVMe drive?

 

RESOLUTION

Before continuing with a restore, it is important to source any drivers for the machine that you will be restoring to. These can typically be found on a manufacturer's website, dependent on the hard drive manufacturer. Drivers are typically found under the 'Support' page for any given manufacturer. For instance, the listing of Western Digital drives is found here: https://www.westerndigital.com/support# and the drivers are under 'Software for Windows'.

 

Please note that Acronis NVMe/M.2 drives in RAID mode are not detectable by the Linux kernel, which is used by the bootable media. Because of this, we need to create a WinPE environment. This also ensures that we can add the drivers.

 

1. Download the Bootable Media Builder. 

To do this, please find the full Acronis installer here (1.8GB):

When the download has completed, open the installer and choose Extract installation files. Select Bootable Media Builder, and then choose an extraction path. 

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2. Once the Bootable Media Builder is extracted, navigate to the location, and install.

 

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3. After the installation has completed, launch the Bootable Media Builder from the Start menu. A wizard will appear that will walk you through creating bootable media. 

 

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4. Make sure to change Bootable media type to Windows PE. You will be prompted to specify the folder of the WinPE files, so you will need to download one of the AIK (Automated installation kit) files (that is most applicable for your environment).

 

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5. Run the adksetup.exe and go through the prompts. Keep all of the default selections, or, remove the Windows Assessment Toolkit and the Windows Performance Toolkit.

 

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6. Once completed, you will be able to choose Windows PE from the drop-down and you should have the option to create the Windows PE environment automatically in the Bootable Media Builder. You can also point it directly to the location of the WinPE files.

 

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7. At the next screen, you can either enable or disable the remote connection. We recommending choosing to Enable.

 

8. Add your drivers from the beginning of the article. Drivers must be in .inf format. Once the drivers have been added, choose ISO Image and then Next.

 

9. Select a destination for the ISO file to be created, and then Proceed.

 

10. The ISO should have created in the location that you specified. You will now be able to mount the .iso and use it as bootable, at which point you can boot into the environment, and specify your .tib for restore.

 

APPLIES TO

Kaseya Backup (KBU)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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