Acronis Startup Recovery Manager

Acronis Startup Recovery Manager is a modification of the bootable agent, residing on the system disk in Windows, or on the /boot partition in Linux and configured to start at boot time on pressing F11. It eliminates the need for a separate media or network connection to start the bootable rescue utility.

Acronis Startup Recovery Manager is especially useful for mobile users. If a failure occurs, reboot the machine, wait for the prompt "Press F11 for Acronis Startup Recovery Manager…" to appear, and hit F11. The program will start and you can perform recovery.

You can also back up using Acronis Startup Recovery Manager, while on the move.

On machines with the GRUB boot loader installed, you select the Acronis Startup Recovery Manager from the boot menu instead of pressing F11.


Activation enables the boot time prompt "Press F11 for Acronis Startup Recovery Manager…" (if you do not have the GRUB boot loader) or adds the "Acronis Startup Recovery Manager" item to GRUB's menu (if you have GRUB).

The system disk (or, the /boot partition in Linux) should have at least 100 MB of free space to activate Acronis Startup Recovery Manager.

Unless you use the GRUB boot loader and it is installed in the Master Boot Record (MBR), Acronis Startup Recovery Manager activation overwrites the MBR with its own boot code. Thus, you may need to reactivate third-party boot loaders if they are installed.

Under Linux, when using a boot loader other than GRUB (such as LILO), consider installing it to a Linux root (or boot) partition boot record instead of the MBR before activating Acronis Startup Recovery Manager. Otherwise, reconfigure the boot loader manually after the activation.

Do not activate

Disables boot time prompt "Press F11 for Acronis Startup Recovery Manager…" (or, the menu item in GRUB). If Acronis Startup Recovery Manager is not activated, you will need one of the following to recover the system when it fails to boot: