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Bootable Backup Assistant

1. INTRODUCTION

2. CREATE A NEW SYNCHRONIZER TASK

3. ADMIN PRIVILEGES

4. SELECT A SOURCE VOLUME

5. SELECT A DESTINATION VOLUME

6. PREPARE THE DESTINATION VOLUME

7. MAINTAIN AN ARCHIVE

8. NAME THE TASK

9. TASK CREATED

10. CONCLUSION

11. WHEN THINGS GO WRONG

1. INTRODUCTION [top]

A bootable system backup is an exact replica of your working system. If something were to happen with your primary system drive, you could boot from your backup system and be up and running quickly. This assistant will create a synchronizer task that will create a bootable backup of your system volume. The destination must be a volume on another drive connected locally, typically an external hard drive.

2. CREATE A NEW SYNCHRONIZER TASK [top]

From the ChronoSync Organizer window, choose 'Use a setup assistant.' This takes you to all of the assistants ChronoSync has to offer. For this guide, choose 'Bootable Backup.'

list of assistants

A summary panel will appear to explain the 'Bootable Backup' assistant. Click on 'Get Started' to set up the assistant.

Bootable Backup explanation

3. ADMIN PRIVILEGES [top]

Before you make a bootable backup, you must have admin privileges. Click on 'Request Admin Privileges' and enter in your credentials.

authenticate with admin privileges

4. SELECT A SOURCE VOLUME [top]

Choose the volume that you'd like to make the bootable backup of from the list presented to you. Normally this is your current boot volume but if you have multiple boot volumes attached, they can be chosen as well. Click on 'Next Step.'

select your source volume

5. SELECT A DESTINATION VOLUME [top]

Choose the volume that you'd like to have the bootable backup reside. Click on 'Next Step.'

select your destination volume

6. PREPARE THE DESTINATION VOLUME [top]

Choose how you would like the destination volume formatted. Click on 'Next Step.'

prepare the destination volume

7. MAINTAIN AN ARCHIVE [top]

ChronoSync maintains an archive so that you have access to older files or files that you have deleted, just in case. The archive is a safety net against accidental deletions or changes to files. Determine whether you wish to have an archive and then click on 'Next Step.'

maintain an archive

8. NAME THE TASK [top]

The final step to the 'Bootable Backup' assistant is to give it a unique, meaningful name so that you can easily access the task in the future. After naming the task, click on 'Create Task' to complete the assistant setup.

Name the task

9. TASK CREATED [top]

ChronoSync has created a new task with the settings specified during the assistant setup. The task is presented to you. From here, you can choose to go through all of the panels of the task document and fine tune options or, to keep things simple, run the task as-is.

Task created

10. CONCLUSION [top]

That's it! You now have a bootable backup task defined. If you need to access this task document in the future, it can be found in the ChronoSync Organizer.

11. WHEN THINGS GO WRONG [top]

Using the bootable backup assistant is pretty straightforward so the above steps should work flawlessly and without incident. If you encounter any problems following this tutorial or you have any questions concerning any of the settings, please contact our technical support team and just ask! We don’t mind — we're here to help!