How to Restore NTFS System Partition on Hard Drive in Windows 7/8/10?

Posted by @Teresa

September 29, 2017

Learn how to restore NTFS (system/boot) partition table on (external) hard drive or USB flash drive without losing data after format for Toshiba/Dell laptop in Windows 7/8/10.

When need you restore partition on hard drive?

When back data up, you need to aware that you may restore the backup image one day. You backup system, backup Windows, or backup disk just in case PC corrupts or fails accidentally. When restore backup image, you will get all lost files, programs or software back from the backup image. Therefore, restore hard drive partition table is a disaster recovery solution. In addition, if restore system partition to original state in Windows 7/8/10, you are likely to experience the PC as if it is new purchased because useless files and accumulative system garbage will be overwritten during that process.

When system runs well, sometimes you need to do restoring all the same. It is not uncommon that you create backup image on internal hard drive and restore partition on external hard drive later. For instance, backup Windows 7 and restore on another computer for PC upgrading. What’s more, some works require a lot of restoring especially ask to restore partition after quick format. Anyway, you may have other intentions to do restoring. But do you know how to restore partition on hard drive? Actually, it is quite easy.

How to restore partition table in Windows 7/8/10?

Normally, many laptops such as Lenovo, Lion, Gateway, Samsung, Acer and Asus laptop have OEM partition i.e. recovery partition which contains system original state. Nevertheless, in order to rollback PC to latest state, backup is necessary. Backup is the basis of restoring. Every restoring needs a backup. So if you have not created a backup image yet, create one. Then, you need restore utility. Windows has built-in backup and restore utility, however when you want to restore boot partition with its created system image it may fails you in most cases. As a result, it’s better to turn to reliable and steady third party software AOMEI Backupper Professional.

This utility allows you to restore NTFS/FAT32 partition without losing data in Windows 7/8/10/Vista/XP. The restore partition software supports various devices so that you can restore partition on USB flash drive, external hard drive and so on. Restoring Windows 10 image to dissimilar hardware is also available. Furthermore, if the partition backup image is created on GPT disk, you can still restore GPT partition to MBR disk with AOMEI Backupper Professional. It is user-friendly, download it freely and have a try.

Restore partition to unallocated space via AOMEI Backupper

Step1. Install and launch AOMEI Backupper Professional. Click Restore.

Step2. By default, AOMEI Backupper will detect the backup image automatically. However, if you stored partition backup image on NAS, Network folder or external hard drive, you need to connect the device first and click Path to locate it.

Restore

Step3. Select the right backup point.

Backup Point

Step4. Select the destination location that you want to restore to.

Choose destination disk

Step5. Check the operation summary. Click Start Restore and wait for the process to be completed.

Start Restore

Tips:

  • If you restore system image to different computer hard drive, be sure to check Universal Restore box.
  • If the destination disk is an SSD, tick Align partition to optimize for SSD box to gain peak performance.

It is not too hard to answer the question of how to restore partition on hard drive, isn’t it? Steps of data partition restore are similar to file restore actually. But if you restore system partition, pay more attention to system related partitions. AOMEI Backupper is all-around software, so you can do many practical events with the help of it. For example, you can upgrade Sony VAIO laptop hard drive with it, use it as HP USB image tool, or backup files to OneDrive desktop app folder. Moreover, AOMEI Backupper Server is designed for Server users, so you can use it to restore Windows Server 2003 system image backup when necessary, for example. Download to explore more.