What’s system image?
A system image is an exact copy of a hard drive which including Windows and your system settings, programs, and files. It is useful to restore system image to same drive, while doing so, one thing important you should know -- if you restore from system image which was 2 months ago, that will be the drive you are getting back. More exactly, the system image will restore your programs, settings, and files as they were when the image was created, but everything else from that point on will be gone. So it is better to do a scheduled system backup, in this way, you can always have the latest system image with all newly installed applications still here.
Why need to restore from system image on same hard drive?
Like said before, a system image is useful to computer users, for example, when hard drive or computer failed, you can restore from system image so to restore entire contents of your computer; or when problems like system crash, blue screen, system configuration change, system data loss or unstable running speed of OS... occur, you also can restore from system image on same hard drive so to easily solve those problems. And before using a system image, you should have one first.
How to Create a system image?
To easily create a system image, we recommend you free AOMEI Backupper. It is a powerful software with an intuitive interface, and compatible with all Windows editions including Windows Vista/XP/7/8/8.1/10 of both 32 bit and 64 bit. Please download AOMEI Backupper Standard, then you can create a system image through System Clone feature of it.
Tip: you can save system image to the local hard drive, external hard drive, and NAS (network attached storage)... but local hard drive is the last recommendation from us, because if the hard drive broken, system image is gone.
How to restore from system image on same hard drive?
AOMEI Backupper also supports to restore from system image, allowing to easily finish work with few simple clicks. If necessary, you can use it to clone, or do some special job like create bootable media, etc. Next, we’ll show you how to restore Windows system image with it.
First, understand the two different situations when you restore from system image:
- Your computer can still boot normally, then you can restore system image to same drive directly.
- Your computer cannot boot, you need to use a bootable disc created with AOMEI backupper to boot computer first.
Second, use AOMEI Backupper to restore from system image on same hard drive. Suppose that your computer cannot boot:
Step 1. Insert the bootable media and the device with system image, then press a special key (usually F8) to enter the BIOS mode to select where to boot from.
Step2. AOMEI Backupper will be launched automatically. Click “Restore”, and click “Path” to select the system image. Then click “Next”.
Step3. Select a point-in-time system image as you wish (auto system backup will create multiple different point-in-time images).
Step4. Confirm all information about the operation. Then click “Start Restore”.
Tip: “Enable Universal Restore” allows to restore system image to dissimilar computer, if you upgrade to AOMEI Backupper Professional.
Now, you know exactly how to restore system image on same hard drive with free AOMEI Backupper, besides it is so convenient for you and guarantees the success of restoring. Just do it.