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Which imaging software has the equivalent of TI Survival kit

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The subscription model of TI has me looking elsewhere. My PC appears to be reluctant to boot from Flash Drive rescue media which is why having the survival kit on my external drive as well as my images is so useful. Macrium Reflect formats the external drive before putting rescue media on it so updating the rescue media would mean losing my images unless I was prepared to partition the disc, which I am not.

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Peter, the quick answer here is that any software that creates WinPE rescue media (including Macrium Reflect) can be used in a 'Survival Kit' mode.

Once you have created either a survival kit partition or manually created a 2GB FAT32 partition at the start of an external HDD, provided you allocate a drive letter to that 2GB so that you can access the contents, then you can take two approaches.

  1.  Copy the boot.wim (or whatever name the .wim file has) from your MR or other application boot media to the 2GB partition and replace the .wim file in the Sources folder.


    The above image is from one of my external drives where I have both the ATI 2021 and MR rescue media boot.wim files.  When I want to switch between these, I rename the current boot.wim as appropriate, i.e. to ATI2021boot.wim, then change the name of the other file to just boot.wim.  I rename the text file to remind me which is which!  So in the image, boot.wim is for ATI 2021 per the text file.
     

  2. The second method is if creating a new empty 2GB FAT32 partition on a drive - give this a Windows drive letter, i.e. I:  then use the rescue media builder tool provided by the application being used to prepare that I: drive as rescue media, which will put the necessary files / folders on the drive.
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Thank you Steve for your reply, your suggestions are a little above my skill set. Instead I have been trying ,unsuccessfully to create Rescue Media on a 16 GB flash drive, I chose Win  PE based media but it would not boot to TI. To boot to TI with my external disc I press F11 which gives me a choice  of booting to Windows or booting from the external drive. I attach a photo of my BIOS, my 16GB flash drive was inserted but I coul find no evidence of it in the BIOS, 1st choice is UEFI Hard Disc, 2nd choice is UEFI CD/DVD, 3rd choice is  CD/DVD HLDTSTBD Re. How do I get the BIOS to detect my flash drive Thank you in advance

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Peter, first question - did you have the 16GB flash drive plugged in to your PC when you went into the BIOS settings - it needs to be plugged in to be shown as an option?

Next, see webpage: How to boot your Windows 10 computer from a USB drive - for details of using the Windows 10 Advanced Startup option of 'Use a Device' to boot from your USB drive without having to go into the BIOS settings.

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Steve Smith wrote:

Peter, first question - did you have the 16GB flash drive plugged in to your PC when you went into the BIOS settings - it needs to be plugged in to be shown as an option?

Next, see webpage:  - for details of using the Windows 10 Advanced Startup option of 'Use a Device' to boot from your USB drive without having to go into the BIOS settings.For various reasons that did not work mainly because SHIFT-RESTARTwould not work. I think I have solved it though. I created  a  Survival kit on the 16 GB flash drive rebooted, pressed F11 and chose the Toshiba drive to boot from and it worked so the BIOS is no longer involved although my choices were Toshiba Partition 1 or Toshiba Partition 2. I don't understand that but there are many things in life I do not understand Thank you again Steve. Being nearly 80 does not help either