Partition and volume are one concept. The C:, D:, E:, in the computer can be called either partition or volume, such as, partition C:, Volume C:, etc. Partition and volume backup refers to back up data on C:,D;. Generally, a computer possesses at least a system partition, which can also be called system volume- C Drive. Also, there may be other data partitions as well. There are different types of data in each partition. The system files are stored in system partition, and files about work might be stored in D partition. During the process of data backup, we can back up a particular partition or volume based on our need, instead of all the partitions.
During partition backup, all the data on this partition will be packaged into an image file. For example, if there are 10,000 files in partition D, its image file will include all the files on D Drive. In fact, it is just similar to the theory of some compression software, such as, WinRAR, WizZIP, etc. the theory of compression software is to pack a file or folder and compress it into a single file, while the theory of partition backup software is to compress a partition or volume into a single file. Moreover, as for those files that can not be accessed, compression software can not access them, while partition backup software can back up those file.
AOMEI Backupper, as a free tool, not only can back up your partition and volume, but also can back up your disk. In addition, it provides a one-key operation of system partition backup. After you create an image file for your partition with AOMEI Backupper, it also provides corresponding function to burn this image file to CD/DVD. In this case, the image file will not occupy your hard disk space. As a professional backup software, it not only supports backing up primary and logical partitions on basic disk, but also can back up dynamic volume on dynamic disk.
Let's see the detailed steps of partition/volume backup.
First of all, download this software, install and launch it. Then, select "Partition Backup" option under the "Backup" tab.
Second, the "Task Name" can be set here. Select a partition/volume as source drive that needs to be backed up (example, the F and I drives are selected), and then set a destination path to store the image file (e.g. H:\).
At last, click "Start Backup" when all the settings have been completed. And then, click "Finish" to exit the interface.
In conclusion, it is important to back up partitions, especially the system partition. According to the survey, usually, after the operating system has been used for two years, there will be various strange problems. If you have had a system backup in advance, you can easily resolve these problems by system restore. Otherwise, the only choice for you is to spend half a day in reinstalling operating system and the relevant applications. AOMEI Backupper can resolve all problems you worry about. This program uses the operation wizard mode, which make the operations easier. With its prompts, all the backup tasks can be realized perfectly.