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Creating the BMR Recovery Media

The BMR Recovery Media allows you to perform a bare-metal restore (BMR).  Booting from the BMR Recovery Media will put you into a Windows Preinstallation Environment where the hard drive volumes can be safely allocated and written to.  This article will show you how to create the BMR Recovery Media.

 

Directions


Downloading the BMR Recovery Media Creator

  1. Log into the management portal and go to the Downloads tab and select Access Resources.

  2. From the list, click on BMR Media Creator link.  You should see the message on the right.

    Follow the instructions by downloading and installing Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit (ADK) 8.1 then downloading and running RecoveryMediaCreate.exe.

  3. When you run the RecoveryMediaCreate.exe file, you will be asked if you want to create the BMR media as an (.iso) file or on a USB flash drive.  If you choose to create an (.iso) file, follow these directions.  If you choose to use a USB flash drive, skip to here.

 

 

Creating the BMR Recovery Media as an ISO File


  1. When prompted to in the media creation wizard, select ISO File (CD Image) and click "Next."


     
  2. Choose whether you want to create a recovery media platform that is 32-bit or 64-bit (x86 vs x64, respectively).  In most cases, the 32-bit media should work, however, there is some hardware which only supports 64-bit drivers; machines using such hardware will need to be restored with the 64-bit platform.  Hit Next when you have chosen.


     
  3. Next, pick where you want to put the (.iso) file.  Choose a suitable location and click Next to get to the confirmation page.


     
  4. Hit Create to begin making the BMR Recovery Media.  When you are finished, the media creator will tell you so.


     

 

Creating the BMR Recovery Media On a USB Drive


  1. When prompted to in the media creation wizard, select USB Flash Drive as the option and click Next.

  2. Choose whether you want to create a recovery media platform that is 32-bit or 64-bit (x86 vs x64, respectively).  In most cases, the 32-bit media should work, however, there is some hardware which only supports 64-bit drivers; machines using such hardware will need to be restored with the 64-bit platform.  Hit Next when you have chosen.

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  3. Select the drive that will be used as the recovery media.  Keep in mind that all data on the drive will be deleted.  Also, the USB drive only needs to be a few GBs in size as the BMR Recovery Media files are less than 1 GB.  Select Next to continue.

  4. On the next page, click Create to begin creating the recovery media.  When the process is done, you should be shown a confirmation page.

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