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Building Recovery CD

Overview

Note:To Restore 6.0 BMR Backups please use 6.0 Recovery CD. To view 6.0 documentaion click here.

Building Recovery CD is simple process. If you don't have Windows AIK ,You should download and install it as explained below.

User have to do download the Recovery CD builder files from website and build the recovery ISO using that. We couldn't build and distribute the ISO directly as Microsoft license restricts it.

Prerequisites

To build Recovery CD following are needed,

  1. Windows Automation Kit

    You can download the Windows Automated Installation Kit (Windows AIK) from microsoft website
    http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?id=5753.
    Filename : KB3AIK_EN.iso (1.7GB)

    Write the downloaded ISO into a DVD and install the AIK using created DVD(Note:Latest Windows AIK won't install on xp and below OSs)

Build Process

  1. Open extracted builder files location and run Recovery CD Builder.exe.

  2. Browse and select a location which have minimum 256MB space for TargetLocation.

  3. This step is optional.
    Recovery CD is based on Windows 7 . It have inbuild drivers for most commonly used devices. But if you are going to restore to a machine with devices which haven't supported by windows bydefault, then you have to put the all driver files for those devices in a folder and specify that path in Addtional Driver.

  4. If you are going to create Recovery USB select the 'Retain Temp Files' checkbox.
  5. Click the Build to start the build process.

  6. It will start the build and the create ISO file

ISO Usage

  1. You can write it in a CD/DVD
  2. or
  3. You can write it into USB Flash drive
    1. Use the following method to prepare the BMR Recovery USB

      1. From a running Windows Vista\Win 7\Win 2008(Oss below vista are not supporting UFD partition) operating system or Windows PE session, insert your UFD device.
      2. At a command prompt, use Diskpart to format the device as FAT32 spanning the entire device, and set the partition as active. For example,

        diskpart
        list disk
        select disk DISK_INDEX
        clean
        create partition primary size=SIZE_OF_THE_DEVICE
        select partition 1
        active
        format fs=fat32
        assign
        exit

        DISK_INDEX is the index number you get from previous command
        SIZE_OF_THE_DEVICE is the size you allocate for the Recovery Partition.It should be atleast 256MB

      3. Copy all the content in the \ISO directory(Located in the system temp folder) onto your UFD device. You can manually copy or use the xcopy command. For example,
        xcopy D:\BmrRecoveryISO\winpe_iso\iso\*.* /s /e /f f:\

        where 'f:' is the letter of your UFD device.

        For more info please, check the Microsoft help document

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