AOMEI Backupper is designed for data backup and recovery. After the backup process is complete, the storage location will back up the data you want to keep.
As you know, unfortunately, equipment breaks down from time to time. A computer hard drive can fail at the most inopportune moment for this. In this case, the user will lose all data that was placed on this disk.
If you, at one time, saved backups, or started the backup process on your computer, then you will not lose your data that was placed on a failed hard drive.
In the event that everything is fine with the hard drive, failures and malfunctions in the Windows operating system and in the operation of applications may occur. It is not always possible to get rid of such problems using a standard system restore . Your computer may not have restore points created when everything was working fine.
In this case, you will also be able to restore the system, disk or partition if you have backed up the relevant data in advance.
For the organization of backup, special programs are used, with the help of which they organize the process of archiving and restoring.
AOMEI Backupper for backup
With AOMEI Backupper, you can copy the entire contents of partitions, disks, important files and folders on a regular basis, or periodically by creating a full backup for this.
With AOMEI Backupper, you can perform the following basic operations:
- Backup system, partitions, disks, files and folders.
- Restoring the system, partitions, disks, files and folders.
- Backup (full, incremental and differential).
- Checking the integrity of the backup.
- Backup management.
- Cloning disks and partitions.
- Mounting the backup image.
- Support for VSS technology (Volume Shadow Copy).
AOMEI Backupper has a free version of AOMEI Backupper Standard, which is suitable for most users. The program has an interface in English. On the Internet you can find unofficial Russification for this program.
This article will discuss how to create a backup copy of the system partition of a hard drive, and how to restore it using the AOMEI Backupper Standard program.
Usually, backup copies of the system and installed programs are created shortly after installation on a Windows computer in order to quickly restore the system in case of problems without reinstalling the operating system.
In my case, such a backup, at one time, was not done, so I will now create a full backup of the system and all data that is located in the system partition (Logical drive “C”) of my computer’s hard drive.
First you need to install the AOMEI Backupper program on your computer. I will not describe the installation process (the article already turned out to be large) of the program, which will not cause difficulties. You will need to consistently click on the “Next” button, and at the end of the installation of the program, on the “Install” and “Finish” buttons.
After starting, the main window of AOMEI Backupper will open. The main window of AOMEI Backupper Standard is open in the “Home” section.
In the left part of the program window there are buttons for moving to specific sections of the program:
- “Home” – Home.
- “Backup” – Archiving.
- “Restore” – Rollback.
- “Clone” – Clone.
- “Utilities” – Utilities.
Backup in AOMEI Backupper
To start creating a system backup, you will need to go to the “Backup” section. There are several options here:
- File Backup – Back up files and folders.
- System Backup – One-click system backup.
- “Disk Backup” – backup hard drives to an image file.
- Partition Backup – Backup partitions and dynamic volumes.
After clicking on the “File Backup” button, you can start backing up files and folders on your computer.
If you need to create a backup copy of the disk or partition on which the Windows operating system is installed, then you will need to click on the “System Backup” button (System Backup). You will be able to back up the system and files that are located on the disk or disk partition on which the operating system is installed.
There may be only one physical hard drive on your computer, but it can be divided into separate sections – logical drives. For example, on my computer, these are partitions – logical drives “C” and “D”.
If you need to back up the entire hard drive, then in this case, you will need to click on the “Disk Backup” button (Disk backup – backing up the hard drive to an image file).
You can use the “Partition Backup” button to back up individual partitions.
Since I am going to back up the logical drive “C” of my computer on which I have the Windows operating system, programs and other data installed, in this case, I will need to click on the “System Backup” section (System backup).
AOMEI Backupper will not back up the entire hard drive of my computer, but only the hard drive partition where Windows is located. Your computer may have only one hard drive partition (“C”). Anyway, you will need to click on the “System Backup” button in order to backup your system.
At the top of the window, you will see the name of the archive being created. Next, in the backup section, you will need to take two steps.
In the first step, you will need to select the partitions and volumes to create the backup. AOMEI Backupper itself detected the partition with the installed operating system.
In the second step, you will need to select a destination path for the backup. The program offered me a disk on which to create a backup copy. In my case, this is an external hard drive on which I store the backup copies of my operating system installed on my computer.
You can click on the “Step2” button to open the selected disk. As you can see in this image, there is already a backup copy of the system partition created by a regular utility that is included with Windows 7.
The backup settings can be accessed by clicking on the “Backup Options” button.
In the default settings, the compression level is set to normal, and the copy method is set to smart backup. Only a copy of the used sectors of the file system will be made. VSS technology will be used, which allows the program to make a copy without interrupting the work of applications.
I was satisfied with the default program settings.
To start archiving, select the disk, and then click on the “Start Backup” button.
Next, the process of archiving the system partition begins. The duration of this operation will depend on the size of the disk you will be backing up.
You can observe the backup in this window of the program. The lower part of the window displays the backup status, the backup speed, and approximately shows the remaining time until the process is completed.
After completing the archiving process, click on the “Finish” button.
Then the main tab in AOMEI Backupper will open. In the window you will see the created backup copy of the system partition, with the date and time it was created. There are also buttons “Restore” (Rollback), “Backup” (Copy), “Advanced” (Options), which are used to perform various actions in the program.
Next, you will need to create a bootable recovery disk.
Create a boot disk in AOMEI Backupper
Such a disk may be needed to boot the computer to restore the system, if the Windows operating system on this computer, for some reason, will not boot.
To create a boot disk, you will need to click on the “Utilities” section. Next, you will need to click on the “Create Bootable Media” button (Creating bootable media). You can create bootable discs such as CD/DVD or USB sticks.
In the “Create Bootable Disc” window, in the “Bootable Disc Type” section, you will be offered two options for creating a bootable disk:
- “Linux – Create bootable disc based on kernel” – create a bootable disk based on the Linux kernel.
- “Windows PE – Create bootable disc based on Windows PE” – create a bootable disc based on Windows PE.
You can make a Linux bootable disk without installing additional tools. The Windows PE boot disk is suitable for everyone and provides more flexible and convenient operations than the Linux boot disk.
By default, the Linux-based option is selected. I agreed with the choice of the program. After that, click on the “Next” button.
In the next window, you will need to select the appropriate bootable media: CD / DVD disc, USB drive, or ISO image.
I chose a CD / DVD disc by inserting a CD disc into the drive of my computer in advance (its volume will be enough). After that, click on the “Next” button.
Next, the process of burning the boot disk will begin.
When finished recording, click on the “Finish” button. Then pull the drive out of the drive and put it in a safe place.
Recovery in AOMEI Backupper
Restoring the system partition can be done from the window of the AOMEI Backupper program, or using the created boot disk.
The boot disk will have to be used if there has been a serious failure in the operating system, Windows has stopped loading. In this case, you will need to insert a boot disk into the optical drive, or connect a bootable USB flash drive to the computer.
Next, you will need to set the boot priority from CD / DVD or USB drive in the BIOS. After that, after downloading, the AOMEI Backupper program window will open. In the program window, you will need to select the necessary action – “Restore” (Rollback), and then select the disk with the backup copy of the system image.
In the event that, despite the problems that have arisen, Windows loads and programs run, the system recovery process can be started from the AOMEI Backupper program window.
First, a window will open informing you that AOMEI Backupper has found a backup that is a system image. You are prompted to do a system restore.
There are two options for starting a restore from a backup.
In the first case, you can click on the “Restore” button in the “Home” section.
When using the second option, enter the “Restore” section, select a system backup if you have multiple backups. Then check the box next to “System Recovery” (Restore the system), and then click on the “Next” button.
After selecting the full copy, click on the “Next” button.
The next window will indicate the operations that will be performed:
- “Source Partition” – source partition.
- “Destination Partition” – destination partition.
Click on the “Start Restore” button in this window to start the system recovery process.
After that, the system recovery process will start, after it is completed, the computer will restart. Next, the restored Windows operating system will be loaded.
AOMEI Backupper is used to backup and restore disks, partitions, files and folders. Using the application, you can restore the state of the Windows operating system at the time the backup was created.