A System Backup involves all of the system files, boot files, and program files. Only backing up both the system and boot files can ensure that the operating system works normally when restoring the operating system. If only one of them has been backed up the operating system may not work normally after system restoring. Therefore, it is necessary for us to know what the system partition and the boot partition are.
Before the introduction of the operating system of Windows 7, the earlier operating systems such as Windows XP, Vista, as well as Windows Server 2003, had the system and boot partitions combined together. That is to say, the boot partition was a system partition and the system partition was a boot partition. Because of this, with those earlier operating systems, it was necessary to backup only one partition during system backup. But in Windows 7 and Windows 8, the system partition and boot partition are usually separated. The System partition is the C Drive that can be accessed normally, while the boot partition is a 200MB or more partition, named "System Reserved Partition". The boot partition usually does not have a drive letter, and usually we cannot access this partition or any file on this partition. Therefore, when backing up Windows 7/8/8.1/10 OS, only backing up these two partitions can be called a complete full system backup.
However the free backup software - AOMEI Backupper Standard has provided the specially designed function of "System Backup", which can automatically back up both of these two partitions. In addition, during system restore, it will automatically restore the backed up files to their two respective partitions, It is a one-key operation not needing the backing-up of these two partitions seperately.
The software of AOMEI Backupper can back up all the data in the system to an image file. If there is any system problem, we can employ AOMEI Backupper again to restore the operating system via the backed up image file. It can help to save a lot of time.
Generally speaking, when the operating system has been used for a period of time, most users would face the problem of system crash, as well as many other disk problems that prevent the system from working normally. In such cases it is necessary to reinstall the operating system. As known to many people, OS reinstallation is time-consuming. It requires at least half an hour at a time. And then it can take many hours installing various drivers and applications.
Therefore it can save a lot of time and effort to do a complete backup of the system (usually C Drive) immediately after the installation of a new operating system and some commonly-used applications.
Then it is wise to do a complete full system backup at intervals no matter how old the computer is, because if there is any system problem the system can be restored to the previous normal state quickly and conveniently by the backed-up image file.
Notes: before backup, you had better do a system cleaning and delete some useless temporary files. Because the more applications installed on system drive are, the bigger the image file will be, so does the space required by the image file. After system restore, all these useless files will be restored, too. Therefore, it is important to keep the system clean before backup.
AOMEI backup software provides a one-key function of system backup, which can back up system and boot partitions to an image file conveniently. Meanwhile, it possesses the function of compression to the image file so as to reduce the storage space required by the image file to the largest extent. It also provides advanced level users with the function of incremental backup so as to improve the backup efficiency and further reduce the storage space required by the image file.
The steps in the backup and restore process are as follows:
Tips: The program files and personal data (like photos, music, documents, etc) in C drive are also backed up along with system backup.
First, download this freeware, install and launch it. Then, click "System Backup" under the "Backup" tab.
Second, the "Task Name" can be modified based on personal needs, and the name is helpful for you to distinguish it from other tasks. The system and boot drives have been selected as source partitions by AOMEI Backupper automatically at "Step1".
At "Step2", select a destination path to save the systen image file. An external hard drive, a USB drive, or a CD/DVD can be selected. To select a NAS device or a netword drive, please click "Share/NAS". And then click "Start Backup" to begin the operation.
At last, click "Finish" option to exit. You can tick the box before "Check backup integrity on completion" to make sure the system backup is valid for restore.
In addition, the operations of system backup will not interrupt your work. That is to say, you can do system backup while working. The time for system backup is determined by the amount of the valid data. For example, if your system takes up 16GB, it may cost ten minutes to do system backup. If your system only occupies 3GB, it may just need two minutes to complete the system backup.
AOMEI Backupper provides different methods for you to restore system backup.