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PostIcon Posted on: Dec. 18 2006,22:39  Skip to the next post in this topic. Ignore posts   QUOTE

NOTE: this in an excerpt from my blog

I am using EasyBoot to make my multiboot CD/DVD and I here I discuss some various method to integrate Disk Director and True Image as part of my project. I will focus on three methods: easiest, regular and cleanest.

Easiest - the fastest way to get it working (with Acronis Selection Menu)
Regular - a standard (obsolete?) way (with Acronis Selection Menu)
Cleanest - a way to launch from your menu (without Acronis Menu)

To get the files requires with this tutorial, you'll need to use the Acronis Media Builder which is part of the program installation (unless you deselected it). We'll use it to build our ISO files or Floppy disk Images. Launch the media builder from your acronis folder or use the "Create Bootable Rescue Media" in the "Tools" menu of your favorite Acronis program.

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Easiest

Advantages
+ fastest method
+ simplest method
+ easy to keep up to date
Disavantages
- dependency on BCDW (Bootable CD Wizard)
- require more space than cleanest method
Requirement
1 - Latest version of EasyBoot which include the BCDW module

Steps

A - Use the Acronis Media Builder and choose the products you want and save it as an ISO file (name with 8 or less caracter). Copy to your ezboot folder
B - Make sure the bcdw.bin file is present in your ezboot folder
C - In your EasyBoot menu, use the following command to launch the ISO:
CODE
bcdw /ezboot/acronis.iso


Now you can compile your project and test with free virtualization product like VMware Server (recommended) or MS Virtual PC. This will allow you to test and make sure it is working properly before burning to a real CD and using it on various computer.

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Regular

Advantages

+ no dependency on BCDW
+ method used for a long time
+ relatively easy to keep up to date
Disavantages
- requires UltraISO
- method which requires the most disk space
Requirement
1 - Latest version of EasyBoot which include the BCDW module
2 - Latest version of UltraISO

Steps
A - Use the Acronis Media Builder and choose the products you want and save it as an ISO file (name with 8 or less caracter). Copy to your ezboot folder
B - Open your ISO file with UltraISO and select "Save Boot File..." from the "Bootable" menu. You will be prompted for the location to save this BIF file so select your ezboot folder.
C - Still using UltraISO, select the CD-ROM icon in the left pane (upper left corner) and press F4 (or right click folder and select "Extract To...") and you will be prompted for a location to extract the visible files and folders in the ISO (if any, like the Recovery Manager folder). Theses files or folders must be at the root of your CD (usualy Disk1) not inside the ezboot floder.
D - In your EasyBoot menu, use the following command to launch the ISO:
CODE
bootinfotable;run acronis.bif


Now you can compile your project and test with free virtualization product like VMware Server (recommended) or MS Virtual PC. This will allow you to test and make sure it is working properly before burning to a real CD and using it on various computer.


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Cleanest

Advantages
+ launch Acronis program directly from your menu (no Acronis selection menu)
+ lowest disk space usage
Disavantages
- longest method! (I warned you!)
- harder to maintain
- requires floppy disks or a virtual floppy drive
Requirement
1 - Latest version of EasyBoot which include the BCDW module
2 - Latest version of WinImage
3 - 1.44MB floppy drive and disks OR a virtual floppy drive (like FileDisk included with WinImage)

Steps
A - Use the Acronis Media Builder and choose only 1 product you want and insert your first empty floppy (or use a virtual floppy drive). Let the media builder finish the first diskette and copy the files from the floppy drive to a temporary folder named SOURCE. The thing you will notice is that Windows still have those files in memory so there is no actual reading of the floppy!
B - Do the same for the rest of the floppy required for your Acronis product.
C - Use EasyBoot to create a floppy image of the FIRST diskette (under "Tools" select "Make Floppy Image...")
D - Use EasyBoot to create a floppy image to the size required by the number of diskettes and use the floppy image you created at step D as the SEED image (under "Tools" select "Create New Floppy Image...").
E - Open this new oversized floppy image (empty) with WinImage
F - use the INJECT option and add all the files from the SOURCE folder
G - save
that's it! No more tampering with diskettes.
H - In your EasyBoot menu, use the following command to launch the ISO:
CODE
run acronis.img


Now you can compile your project and test with free virtualization product like VMware Server (recommended) or MS Virtual PC. This will allow you to test and make sure it is working properly before burning to a real CD and using it on various computer.


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Previous topic of interest:
How to load acronis true image


Edited by Incroyable HULK on Dec. 25 2006,20:26

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You can also use the easiest method to boot Active@ Boot Disk.
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Acronis use a very very very speciall boot sector. ( After 2 working days ( for me, each working day is about 14 hours!), I mean it). I tried every thing that you can imagin. injectin boot sectors, repairing TOC, simulating hard, using none standard floppy images, decompress faking files, compairing boot sectors in diffrent devices, compairing boot sectors with bootwiz.sys and so on... but the result was always the same. I think your cleanest way may not work on newest version ( disk director 10 ). but bcdw worked just fine. wow, I can't believe it. after 2 days I found the Solution in this topic. Thank you for your describtion and of course thanks Alex Kopylov for his perfect simulator.
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Hi Dear.
Plz Help For Fix Error.


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@AhrimanSefid

Quote: “Plz Help For Fix Error.”

I don’t know what you used for menu commando in EasyBoot ???  – and you didn’t tell what file you launched ???  is it a large floppy image ???  or is it ISO-file ???  and if ISO file which one ???

Anyway here is a “standard procedure” to integrate Acronis latest possibilities (creating rescue ISO-files)
Do it this way:
1. Create “rescue ISO-file” using Acronis “Bootable Rescue Media Builder” (you have this option in Acronis)
2. Put created ISO in folder ezboot
3. Use menu command in EasyBoot:  bcdw /ezboot/restore.iso  
Note: you may need to adjust file name “restore.iso “ to the one you get when creating ISO file

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Thanks
I Will learn from all of you!!
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(balder @ Nov. 21 2009,16:32)
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Anyway here is a “standard procedure” to integrate Acronis latest possibilities (creating rescue ISO-files)
Do it this way:
1. Create “rescue ISO-file” using Acronis “Bootable Rescue Media Builder” (you have this option in Acronis)
2. Put created ISO in folder ezboot
3. Use menu command in EasyBoot:  bcdw /ezboot/restore.iso  
Note: you may need to adjust file name “restore.iso “ to the one you get when creating ISO file

balder

thanks, it worked perfectly
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I actually got a problem with Acronis. It's a recovery disk from Acronic True Image Home 2012. It works from ISO (Oracle VM) but it does not work from USB drive. I tried both Oracle VM and a real PC.

When I select Acronis from menu, it gives me the following error:



any ideas about what could be the problem here or how can I investigate it?

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@tridy

Quote: "I actually got a problem with Acronis"

I tested ; 'Acronis-True-Image-Home_2012_15.0.0_Build_5545.iso' (rescue ISO-file)

I have no problem make it up and run :)
I used this method:

1. Copied ISO to folder EZBOOT

2. Used menu command in EasyBoot menu:  run acronis.iso  (or whatever name you use to acronis iso-file)

I only checked 'Joliet' when creating ISO in EasyBoot.
Note: I have 'Joliet' constantly checked, as it is needed in plenty of knoppix\linux distros :cool:

When 'Burn' to USB stick I tested:

1. USB-HDD+ without checking 'Create Boot Partition'

2. USB-HDD+ v2 but checked both 'Create Boot Partition' and 'Deep Hidden'

I have no problem launching acronis from EasyBoot menu from both alternatives :)  

Some info regarding 'bcdw'-command:
You cannot use 'bcdw' command from USB as 'bcdw' cannot be used to FAT32\NTFS file systems - only to CD\DVD-units


regards balder


Edited by balder on Feb. 07 2012,05:13

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Thanks for the answer. With Joilet checked I get VM crashing when I attach ISO (not the FlashDrive).

here are the screenshots of the steps and the error that VM shows when I am trying to select Acronis from menu:



and here is acronis.iso running separate mapped as ISO file on the same VM:



Clicking on the images should open the bigger priview.

So, I am clueless for now about the problem. Are there any special settings that I need to adjust when creating a disc from Acronis?

thanks again.
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