True Image 2020

Acronis Survival Kit

It’s an awful feeling to prepare for a disaster, only to discover you’re missing something critical. A full system backup will keep your data safe, but you won’t be able to restore your system if you can’t boot your machine. The Acronis Survival Kit makes recovery foolproof. It’s an all-in-one tool that includes everything you need to restore your system, including boot media and all your backups.

Easy to prepare

Build a survival kit in just a few clicks – you just need an external hard drive. You can copy your system partition or the entire system, and Acronis True Image will identify the boot media that’s needed and add it for you. It’s that simple.

Flexible data safety

Whether you are on a Windows machine or a Mac, everyone deserves a surefire recovery. Acronis True Image ensures that all users can create a customized survival kit.

Creating your kit

Creating your Acronis Survival Kit could not be easier. Simply follow these easy steps.


Open Acronis True Image and select Add backup


Specify source (entire PC, system HDD) and destination (external HDD)


Select the Make bootable option that appears under the destination panel


Follow the wizard instructions to create your boot media and backup.

"Acronis’ product delivered convincing results … on average twice as fast, in some cases being 10 times as fast as the competition."

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Works on multiple platforms

Microsoft Windows
  • Windows 10 (all editions, including November 2019 Update)
  • Windows 8.1 (all editions)
  • Windows 8 (all editions)
  • Windows 7 SP1 (all editions)
  • Windows Home Server 2011
Apple MacOS
  • macOS Catalina 10.15
  • macOS Mojave 10.14
  • macOS High Sierra 10.13
  • macOS Sierra 10.12
  • OS X El Capitan 10.11

Mobile Operating Systems

  • iOS 10.3 or later
  • Android 5.0 or later
File Systems (Windows)
  • NTFS
  • Ext2/Ext3/Ext4
  • ReiserFS(3)  
  • Linux SWAP  
  • HFS+/HFSX  
  • FAT16/32/exFAT  
File Systems (macOS)
  • APFS
  • HFS+
  • Core Storage
  • FAT32
  • NTFS (including Boot Camp)

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Frequently asked questions
What is a rescue disk?

A rescue disk is a CD, DVD, or USB drive that lets you boot your computer without launching the operating system from the hard drive, so you can safely analyze and troubleshoot any issues that might be affecting your system. A “factory settings” version is sometimes included on the hard drive of new computers so you can create a rescue disk, but a better option is to occasionally create a rescue disk that is designed for your current system, which captures any changes.


The Acronis Survival Kit in Acronis True Image is an all-in-one recovery drive, so you have the boot media, system partition and even backups needed to rescue your computer and recover any files needed.

Can a rescue disk help when your computer doesn't boot from the hard drive?

Absolutely, as long as you’ve adjusted the boot order in your computer's BIOS or UEFI to ensure your rescue disk is the first option the machine will check. When you create an Acronis Survival Kit, for example, it will be created an external hard drive. If that drive connects via USB, your BIOS’ boot order needs to be set to read USB drives first.


Then if your computer won’t boot from the hard drive, you simply connect the Acronis Survival Kit to the USB drive. As long as the boot order is set to check the USB first, the machine will launch from the recovery drive. Then you can safely troubleshoot the issue.

How do you use a rescue disk?

Connect your rescue disk and restart the computer. With an Acronis Survival Kit, you can analyze and troubleshoot system issues, restore the system partition or individual files from backups, or recover your system using a recent full image backup. Once you make the necessary system changes or reset the system, you can try booting from the hard drive to confirm that the machine is running properly.

Media center and forum

In case you have any difficulties, product materials can be found in our Knowledge Base. Be sure to check out video tutorials and other documentation. You can also post questions on our discussion boards.

Phone support

For subscription owners, there is free, 24-hour technical support. Refer to the Technical Support Site to find the appropriate support phone number.