Backup Files before Reformatting with AOMEI Backupper

Posted by @Teresa

September 28, 2017

It is important to backup files before reformatting your Windows 10/8/7 computer. You can backup files with Windows built-in backup utility or its alternative - AOMEI Backupper.

Why do you need file backup?

Sometimes, we backup files for future file restoration. But mostly, we do it just want to keep our memory as long as possible. You cannot afford to lose precious family photos, videos and so on meantime.

When you like to install dual-system in your PC and you don’t have spare hard drive in hand, then you need to reformat one of data partitions to get the room. When you want to store your personal private information into a separated and clean location, but there are other stuff existed already, then it is time to reformat that device. When your PC is slow and you cleaned it yet with no help, then you want to backup files in your computer and reinstall the operating OS. When your regular storage device, USB flash drive has been detected containing suspicious virus and it need to be reformatted before you use it. So many situations are there require backup files before reformatting.

How to backup your files?

In Windows 7/10, open Backup and Restore by clicking Start -> Control Panel -> System and Security. In Windows 8/8.1, open backup window by searching for “recovery” from the start screen, and then select Windows 7 File Recovery. You can backup files via Windows backup utility, but there are some flaw that may affect the backup result. For example, the backup utility in Windows 7 fails to support encrypt and compress backup image. No encryption means hardly any security in many cases.

Therefore, it is wise to choose reliable 3rd party backup software to complete this task. Windows backup utility alternative, AOMEI Backupper has worked for thousands of users till now, and it always gets good feedback because of its powerful features. For instance, it supports encrypt, compress, and split backup images during the backup process. It also allows you to restore selective files or folders without recovery the entire backup image. Moreover, other than backup files, you can do system backup, disk backup, and partition/volume backup with this software as well. The Standard edition is free for both commercial and home use, download AOMEI Backupper Standard now and have a try.

How to backup files with AOMEI Backupper

Step1. Install and open AOMEI Backupper Standard. Select File Backup in Backup tab.

File Backup

Step2. Click Add File orAdd Folder to add the files from the partition you need to reformat.

Add File

Step3. You can select another location as the destination path here, and then click Start Backup.

Start Backup


  • Backup Options: you are enabling to encrypt, compress or split backup images by clicking this option.

  • Schedule: this option is for regular backup (daily, weekly, and monthly) and backup style (full backup, incremental backup, and differential backup).

To sum up, AOMEI Backupper can help you backup files before reformatting. It saves times when it avoids some potential backup risk, like backup files fails. AOMEI Backupper could be helpful when you try to clone disk or clone system to another hard drive, create bootable rescue media in particular when your computer fails to boot. In short, it is handy and all-around backup software and it is worth to try.