Bootable Backups: Making Disaster Recovery a Breeze

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Your hardware or OS fails, and your server won’t even start itself. Everyone’s complaining, and you’re under the pump. If only you could plug in an external drive, click your mouse a few times, and the whole thing was magically fixed.

Well, that’s exactly what our Bootable Backups let you do. So long as you make one ahead of time, even a major outage can be a breeze. Plus, being able to solve outages so easily will make you look seriously cool.

Read this article to learn more about Bootable Backups and how to make one.

What is a Bootable Backup?

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Traditionally, you have two pieces of media when you’re performing a bare metal recovery: you’ve got the device that acts as your boot disk and launches you into the recovery environment, and another with your image backups on it.

With BackupAssist, you can create an all-in-one disk called a Bootable Backup. Put simply, it combines your backup storage and boot media. Why use two disks when you can use one, right?

Of course, with BackupAssist, you can still create standalone bootable media if you want to do things the old fashioned way.

Creating a Bootable Backup

Firstly, you can only create a bootable backup on an external USB hard disk. And secondly, it’s very simple to do.

  • Create a System Protection job to an external USB hard disk. The media will be made into a Bootable Backup media by default. You can opt to deselect this on the Set Up Destination step.
  • Select Prepare on the Prepare Media step. This will generate a Destination Check Report. This report will advise if the backup media cannot be made bootable.
  • The first time this backup job runs, it may take longer than a normal backup, since you’re also making the backup media bootable in case of a data disaster.
  • After you run the backup job, the backup report’s Recovery section will note if the backup media was made bootable or if the boot information was updated.

Things To Consider When Making Bootable Backups

  • If a newer version of RecoverAssist is released, it will be applied to the media.
  • If a bootable media is created using a trial version of BackupAssist, it will be updated if a license key is purchased.
  • If the operating system being backed up changes, the bootable media will be updated to support it.
  • Bootable backups will speed up your disaster recovery process

For more information on creating both Bootable Backups and standalone Bootable Media, click here.

6 thoughts on “Bootable Backups: Making Disaster Recovery a Breeze”

    • Hi Roger!

      If you’re not sure if your current backups are creating a bootable backup, the surefire way to tell is to open Disk Manager and check out the disk. If there are multiple partitions on the disk, then it’s creating a bootable backup.

      You can also browse the bootable partition to see what’s on there through Windows Explorer.

  1. Hi guys, I have tried this many times on various HP servers (ML350G6, G8, G9, DL 360/380 G6, G7 and G8 running 2008R2, 2012, and 2012R2 and never been able to get one to actually boot. Is there something I am missing. It starts to boot but always bombs out before getting to any sort of screen where I can restore. Full restores still work perfectly from other bootable sources, reading the BA created USB device.

  2. Regarding the two choices of RecoverAssist – Create bootable media from Win installation disk and Create bootable media from an existing Win installation … Why is the former the “recommended” one? I would have thought that it was better to have a bootable device with the latest Win environment as installed on the Server.

    • Hi Clive, excellent question! When you create a bootable media from the installed version of windows, there is an increased chance of booting issues due to the changes from the original platform for which the backups relate. If the original installation disk is used, any changes required to the platform can be added later if required.

      • I would have thought it would be the other way around. Recently I had trouble booting my server due to some drivers being outdated. This makes me think that if bootable media has outdated drivers on it then there will be booting issues. Wouldn’t this increase the chances of bootable media made from the original Win disk having booting issues.

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6 thoughts on “Bootable Backups: Making Disaster Recovery a Breeze”

    • Hi Roger!

      If you’re not sure if your current backups are creating a bootable backup, the surefire way to tell is to open Disk Manager and check out the disk. If there are multiple partitions on the disk, then it’s creating a bootable backup.

      You can also browse the bootable partition to see what’s on there through Windows Explorer.

  1. Hi guys, I have tried this many times on various HP servers (ML350G6, G8, G9, DL 360/380 G6, G7 and G8 running 2008R2, 2012, and 2012R2 and never been able to get one to actually boot. Is there something I am missing. It starts to boot but always bombs out before getting to any sort of screen where I can restore. Full restores still work perfectly from other bootable sources, reading the BA created USB device.

  2. Regarding the two choices of RecoverAssist – Create bootable media from Win installation disk and Create bootable media from an existing Win installation … Why is the former the “recommended” one? I would have thought that it was better to have a bootable device with the latest Win environment as installed on the Server.

    • Hi Clive, excellent question! When you create a bootable media from the installed version of windows, there is an increased chance of booting issues due to the changes from the original platform for which the backups relate. If the original installation disk is used, any changes required to the platform can be added later if required.

      • I would have thought it would be the other way around. Recently I had trouble booting my server due to some drivers being outdated. This makes me think that if bootable media has outdated drivers on it then there will be booting issues. Wouldn’t this increase the chances of bootable media made from the original Win disk having booting issues.

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