Creating & booting from an ISO image

Discussion in 'Acronis True Image Product Line' started by mranybody, Nov 6, 2008.

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  1. mranybody

    mranybody Registered Member

    Apr 4, 2008
    I've read "ATI also provides the ability to create an ISO image of a bootable disc on the hard disk."

    This is something new to me, I'm afraid. What is an ISO image? I take it it is another form of a bootable media. If so, what advantages does it have over other forms of bootable media I can make in Bootable Media Builder? Is it possible to boot from a USB stick with this ISO?

    I running Vista and thinking of upgrading to v2009 from ATI11 via My Account.
  2. MudCrab

    MudCrab Imaging Specialist

    Nov 3, 2006
    The ISO file is a CD image. An ISO file is normally burned to a CD using an ISO capable burning program (like Nero, for example).

    The ISO file can be run from a flashdrive or hard drive using Grub4DOS. The advantage is that you can have multiple versions and/or builds on one flashdrive. I use this because I have builds back to TI 9 (3,677) on one flashdrive.

    See my guide: Create a Bootable Flashdrive Using Grub4DOS
    Last edited: Nov 7, 2008
  3. Aussie42

    Aussie42 Registered Member

    Aug 20, 2006
    Mudcrab mentions Nero but if you do not have it, a free option to burn ISO to CD is here
  4. shieber

    shieber Registered Member

    Oct 27, 2004
    When Acronis brags that you can put the iso on a hard disk, all it means is that you can save the CD image to a hard disk file for later use on a CD. It's not really any use on the hard disk except as a place to store the CD image.
  5. K0LO

    K0LO Registered Member

    Mar 9, 2006
    State College, Pennsylvania
    Aha, but it is! As MudCrab mentions, you can directly boot an iso image file using the boot manager Grub4DOS. This is a really slick tool.
  6. Acronis Support

    Acronis Support Acronis Support Staff

    Apr 28, 2004
    Hello all,

    Thank you for using Acronis True Image

    You can find more information on how to burn an ISO image to a CD here and here

    Thank you.


    Oleg Lee
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