Image for Windows First Things First – Make a Boot Disk

Image for Windows users can restore backup images of the main Windows drive in two different ways, and the method you choose is entirely a personal choice:

  • You can use either Image for DOS or Image for Linux to restore a backup made using Image for Windows. Or,
  • If you prefer to restore in a Windows-like environment, you can create a BartPE boot disk and use Image for Windows to restore. To be able to restore a backup using this approach, see the tutorial, “Restoring with Image for Windows.”

To restore an image using Image for DOS or Image for Linux, you create an Image for DOS or Image for Linux boot disk using the MakeDisk utility that comes with Image for Windows.


There are two download files available for Image for Windows: one contains the MakeDisk utility for both Image for DOS and Image for Linux, and the other contains the MakeDisk utility for only Image for DOS. To make a boot disk for Image for DOS, use this tutorial. To make a boot disk for Image for Linux, complete this tutorial, selecting Image for Linux in Step 1. You can, alternatively, download just the Image for Linux ZIP archive file and create your Image for Linux boot disk using the tutorial, “Image for Linux First Things First – Make a Boot Disk.


You can opt to create an Image for DOS boot disk at the time you install Image for Windows or at a later date. This tutorial walks you through creating an Image for DOS boot disk at some point after you have installed Image for Windows. If you create the boot disk at the same time that you install Image for Windows, you can begin this tutorial with Step 2.


  1. Click Start, point to All Programs, point to Terabyte Unlimited, point to Image for Windows, point to V2, point to Image for DOS, and click Create Recovery Boot Disk.

  2. On the MakeDisk welcome screen shown below, click Next.

  3. On the “License Agreement” screen shown below, read the Image for DOS license agreement, and if you accept it, select the I accept the agreement button and click Next.

  4. On the “Select Options” screen shown below, select boxes to enable the options and click Next. The product manual contains detailed explanations of each option.

  5. On the “Additional IFD.INI Options” screen shown below, you can set additional options. Most of the options you should set to create an Image for DOS boot disk are set for you by default; see the section, “Image for DOS Environment Variables” in the Image for DOS manual for details.

  6. Click Next to display the “License” screen shown below. If you own a licensed copy of an Image product, supply your product key.

  7. Click Next to display the “Select Target” screen shown below. Choose the target location where you want MakeDisk to create the bootable Image for DOS media.

    • If you choose the “ISO File” option, also supply an ISO file name in the box provided. If you choose this option, you will need to use other CD/DVD authoring software to create a bootable disc using the ISO file.
    • If you choose the “Floppy” option, be sure to insert a floppy diskette before proceeding. The entire contents of this floppy diskette will be overwritten.
    • If you choose the “CD/DVD” option, leave the CD Speed at Optimal and insert a writable CD or DVD disc before proceeding.
    • If you choose USB, select one of the following options: Normal, Floppy, or Partition. Your computer’s BIOS determines which option works, so, if one doesn’t work, try another. For details on these options, see the Image product manual.
  8. Click Finish and respond to subsequent prompts as necessary. MakeDisk will then create your bootable media or ISO image and then display the Success screen shown below.

  9. Click Close on the MakeDisk Success screen.

To boot your computer using this boot disk, you might need to edit your computer’s BIOS settings to reorder your drives and permit your CD/DVD drive to boot your computer before your C: drive boots your computer. As your computer begins to boot, you should see a message—before you ever get to Windows or your operating system—that tells you what key to press to enter Setup—typically the Delete key, F2, or F12. Once in the BIOS, follow the instructions provided in your BIOS to reorder the boot sequence and permit your CD/DVD drive to be examined for boot information before your hard drive. If your system starts by offering you the option to select a boot menu, you can use the boot menu to identify the drive you want to use to boot.