How to create a bootable Symantec Recovery Disk (SRD) onto a USB thumb drive.

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It is possible to create a bootable Symantec Recovery Disk onto a USB thumb drive without destroying the contents on the thumb drive. This recovery USB drive has the same functionality of the SRD on CD\DVD, including creating cold backups and restoring image files created with BESR 8.x, 2010.x and SSR 2011.x and above.

To perform this operation:

  1. Plug in the USB thumb drive and insert the Symantec System Recovery (SRD) CD (or have access to an .ISO image of the SRD). It is recommended to use an NTFS or FAT32 file formatted drive.
    Note: Symantec System Recovery Disk on USB is not supported for the following disks or drives:
    > FAT (FAT16) and exFAT formatted drives.
    > Dynamic disk.
    > Hidden volumes (no drive letter is assigned to the USB volume).
    > USB is write-protected.
    > USB is protected using any encryption software (such as, BitLocker, TrueCrypt, SEP) at the disk or the volume level.
    > USB drives that are on extended partitions.
    > USB disk is formatted to GPT layout.
    > U3 USB devices.
  2. Launch the Symantec System Recovery 2011 console.
  3. From the menu bar, select Tasks, then Create Custom Recovery Disk...
  4. Click Next.
  5. If you know the path to the source Symantec System Recovery Disk, type the path in the Symantec System Recovery Disk media location field. Otherwise, Click Browse to locate the path to the SSR ISO File Symantec System Recovery Disk Folder.
  6. Click Open.
  7. Click Next.
  8. In the Symantec System Recovery Disk Creation panel, select the disk label for the USB drive (default is 'Custom SSRD').
  9. Put a in the Create Symantec System Recovery Dish on CD\DVD or USB device.
  10. Select the USB device in the list of available devices. If the device is plugged in and not listed, ensure that the device is listed in the Windows Disk Management console as a valid device and assigned drive letter. Otherwise, the device may not be a supported device.
  11. Do not select save a copy of the custom Symantec System Recovery Disk as an ISO file. Creating a custom Symantec System Recovery Disk on a USB drive and saving a copy to an ISO image file simultaneously is not supported.

  12. To customize the bootable device to include custom drivers, custom IP settings, network settings, click Next. Otherwise skip to step 13.
  13. Select Skip Symantec System Recovery Disk Customization.
  14. If prompted, enter license information. This is required in order to create images from the recovery environment.
  15. Allow the process to begin, allowing the files to be written to the USB drive. Existing file will NOT be overwritten. However, if the device is already bootable, the bootmgr information will be replaced with the SRD boot configuration.

  16. Once complete, you can check the option to test the boot function of the device. This will reboot your machine.

    To boot to a USB device, ensure that the system BIOS is set up to boot to USB devices and that the system can indeed boot to USB. Refer to your system documentation for this information.

Note: You cannot perform a delayed restore using a Symantec System Recovery Disk on USB drive if the recovery point(s) are stored on a network location.


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