Recovery Media Creator


Creator of Synology Active Backup Backup Media

Synology Active Backup Recovery Media Creator is a desktop tool that is affiliated with our business data protection solutions - Active Backup for Business. This practical tool is designed for administrators to effectively carry out bare-metal or volume-level recovery to create recovery media. 

Media type system requirements supported by Windows ADK installation. Recovery Media Cancellation or Failure, Troubleshooting, System Requirements, Windows 7 (all editions), Windows 10 (all editions), Windows Server 2008 R2 and later, Supported Media Types USB Drive: Required capacity.

1 GB Local storage capacity required for temporary files: 2.5 GB Recovery models supported: 64-bit UEFI USB file system supported: FAT32 ISO image: Required capacity: 1 GB Local storage capacity required for temporary files: 2.5 GB Recovery model supported: 64-bit Legacy / UEFI

Installing Windows ADK Recovery Media Creator

Install the Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit (Windows ADK) to create recovery media. We recommend that you download and install version 1803 if you want to create a Synology Active Backup Media Backup Creator. 

Starting with Windows 10 (version 1809), the Windows Pre-Installation Environment (Windows PE), which was needed to create recovery media, was released separately from Windows ADK. Make sure you have downloaded Windows ADK and Windows PE add-on, and have installed Windows ADK before installing the Windows PE add-on. 

To make USB-based recovery media, please insert a USB drive with enough capacity (1GB) to the device first, otherwise there will be no USB drives available to choose from. All detected USB drives are listed in the drop-down menu. 

Please select the target USB drive and then click Create to start the automatic recovery media process. Please note that this action cannot be undone after the USB media creation process starts. Make sure you want to continue creating USB media before starting the media recovery process.

Time Zone Settings and Recovery Media Creator Language

The Creator of Synology Active Backup Media automatically detects and applies the time zone and local language to the recovery media created. The default settings will be applied if the time zone and local language cannot be detected, and the respective time zones and default languages ​​are Pacific Standard Time (PST) and English. 

Please note that time zone settings can affect the backup media version of the recovery time shown in the Active Backup for Business Wizard. To perform recovery media with a USB drive: After inserting a USB drive into the device, a message will appear on the progress bar at the bottom of the tool. Click Finish to open the USB device that should be renamed Syno Media. 

Please save the USB drive attached to the device, then reboot the device. Enter BIOS mode and adjust the boot drive sequence to prioritize the USB drive. Next, reboot the device again and the device should have entered the preinstalled environment. 

A minimum system volume of 2.5 GB is needed to make recovery media in ISO format because making the ISO image itself will occupy 1 GB, and temporary files will occupy the remaining 1.5 GB. A pop-up notification will appear if no Windows ADK is detected in the default installation path. Click Download and the wizard will guide through the entire Windows ADK installation process. Make sure you have installed Windows ADK and Windows PE.

Recovery Media Creator to Determine the ISO Image Path

To create ISO media, please specify a directory to save recovery media after it is ready in ISO format. Click to browse and select the target directory. The Creator of Synology Active Backup Media automatically detects and applies the time zone and local language to the recovery media created. 

The default settings will be applied if the time zone and local language cannot be detected, and the respective time zones and default languages ​​are Pacific Standard Time (PST) and English. Please note that time zone settings can affect the backup media version of the recovery time shown in the Active Backup for Business Wizard. 

A message will appear on the progress bar right at the bottom of the tool. Click Finish to open the directory for storing ISO images. You can install images to a virtual machine or burn them to disk using third-party tools. Please refer to the Recovery Media Making and Active Backup Guide for the Business Recovery Wizard for more information about how recovery media in ISO format performs bare-metal or volume-level recovery. 

Troubleshooting If the recovery media creation failed during the manufacturing process, please open the extracted folder named Synology Restore Media Creator and take the log titled restore-media.log and send it to Synology Technical Support to receive further assistance with Recovery Media Creator.

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