Create a Bootable USB

With CloudBerry Backup, you can create a bootable USB drive or create ISO image file for an emergency "bare metal" recovery in case of a system or hardware crash.

CloudBerry Backup runs under the Local System account by default. When running it under a user account, this user must be granted local administrator permissions to be able to make a recovery disk.

To create a recovery disk, switch to the Home tab of the CloudBerry Backup main menu and click the Make Bootable USB button.

This invokes the Create Recovery Disk dialog window where you need to select a USB device or specify the ISO image file name for storing the recovery data.

When selecting a USB device, please be informed that all information on it will be permanently lost after starting the disk creation process. Please backup all necessary information from the target USB device beforehand.

When you cannot find your USB drive in the CloudBerry Backup wizard, use Windows Disk Management or any similar tool to make sure that the target USB device is properly partitioned. For example, if a USB drive was previously used as a Mac or Linux boot device, you need to clean this disk and create any partition on it (FAT32 by default).

In addition, you can specify the following options:

  • Add CloudBerry Remote Assistant to the recovery disk This installs CloudBerry Remote Assistant to enable remote access to the restore disk.
  • Protect the recovery disk with a master password We strongly recommend that you specify a password to protect the recovery drive against unauthorized access to any sensitive information that may be stored on it, such as password hashes stored for accessing your cloud accounts from the recovery disk.

Installing Additional Drivers

Next, you can install additional drivers to the recovery disk by specifying a folder where they are located.

Use this option to be able to use this disk on a hardware configuration that is different from the current machine.

The specified folder must contain the required drivers in the INF file format (EXE and other file types will be ignored).

Most importantly, you need to add network drivers compatible with the target machine. Without such drivers, the boot disk will be unable to discover the network environment. A live network connection is required for recovering a disk image from a cloud or network share.

Normally, the operation system automatically installs Windows Preinstallation Environment (WinPE) in a dedicated recovery partition. If CloudBerry Backup is unable to locate a WinPE image in this partition by the moment of creating a recovery disk, it prompts you to download and install an appropriate version of Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit (Windows ADK) or Windows Automated Installation Kit (AIK) which in turn, will install WinPE as well.

Configuring a Network Share and Local Accounts

The recovery disk will include information about all accounts that are currently available in CloudBerry Backup and you will be able to restore a disk image from any of these accounts after booting from the recovery disk. The available accounts are listed in the application's main menu.

To make it easier to restore a disk image from a network share, we recommend that you configure a corresponding network account before starting the recovery disk creation process.

To specify valid credentials so that the recovery disc is able to access the network share, switch to the Tools tab on the application's menu and click Network Credentials.

When using a Local File system account, please keep in mind that the recovery disk might change the drive letter in the path string. To configure the local account after booting from the recovery disk, run CloudBerry Backup from the boot disk and click File | Edit Accounts. In the Registered Accounts dialog, select your disk storage account and click Edit.

In the File System Account dialog, you can check whether the application can access the storage location by clicking the ellipsis button for the Path input field.

See Bare Metal Recovery to learn how to use a recovery disk for emergency system recovery.