Disk Backup

Posted by @AOMEI

June 1, 2017

Disk backup will back up all the data and files on a disk to an image file, and the operation is very easy to complete.

Disk backup will back up all your files on the disk into a compressed image file, including all partitions or volumes on this disk, as well as system files. That means if you back up a system disk, after restoring it, the restored disk can also be booted directly. Yet, disk backup is different from system backup; system backup only backup items related to system, such as boot files and system files. AOMEI Backupper supports backing up MBR disks, GPT disks, external hard drives, USB disks, and other storage devices that can be recognized by Windows.

To back up disk:

  1. In the left tab page, select Backup and then select Disk Backup.
  2. Disk Backup
  3. You can enter a name for the backup in the "Task Name" box, such as "My disk backup" to help you distinguish it from other backups.
  4. Task Name
  5. Click the Step 1 button. In the popup window, select the source disks that you want to backup.
  6. Step1
    You can backup multiple hard disks in one time by clicking “Add” to continue adding source drives, but when it comes to restoration, you can only restore these disks one by one. Moreover, the number of disks after recovery will be the same as the source disks; it is impossible to restore several disks’ image to one large drive. 

    Add More Source Disks

  7. Click Step 2 to select a destination place to store the image file.
  8. Step2
  9. Click the Start Backup button and wait for the process to complete.
  10. Start Backup

For more detailed guidance with screenshots see: Disk backup.

Tips:
  • More advanced options for the current backup task can also be set.  For guidance see:  Backup Options, Schedule Backup and Backup Scheme.
  • When performing Disk Backup, AOMEI Backupper allows you to back up several disks at a time. The selected destination must have sufficient space to contain the data on these disks. Backing up disks with a large amount of data may take a long time to complete. When restoring this image, you may restore these disks one by one.
  • You may not back up dynamic disks using this option, because of the different properties between a dynamic disk and basic disk. To backup volumes on dynamic disks you should choose Partition Backup option.