Disk Restore

Posted by @AOMEI

October 15, 2018

This option can help to restore hard drive image to a right status when the disk is broken, or you want to replace it with a new HDD.

Why Need Restore Disk?

A backup image is meaningful only if you restore it. When we backup disk that contains operating system, installed software, games, applications as well as personal files, we should think about the possibility of recovery once the hard drive corrupts or damages. In general, we need to do disk restore in following situations:

  • Your system files have been damaged by virus and cannot boot normally.

  • Your current hard drive is going to be broken and you want to replace it.

  • Your current hard drive is too small and you want to change to a bigger one.

  • Your data on the hard disk were lost and you want to recover them.

  • You want to replace hard drive with SSD and benefit from new technology.

All these situations are based on one thought: you don't want to reinstall everything. As long as you have a backup image of the hard drive, you can achieve above goals. Now, let's start to understand how to restore disk image. First, Download, install and launch this software.

Disk Restore in AOMEI Backupper

1. Connect the disk backup image to your computer and make sure it can be detected. In the left tab, select Restore and choose the backup you want to restore from the list. Click Next to continue. If the image is not detected, click Path to navigate manually. 


2. Select a backup point and click the Next button. The Backup Type and Created Time help you to determine the appropriate time point.


3. Here are the information about the disk backup. You can click "Disk" to restore the entire backup image, or click "Part" to restore only one or two partitions. 


4. Select the destination disk or partition to restore the backup image. 


Note: The destination partition will be overwritten. Please backup files in advance.

5. In the "Operation Summary" page, preview the operation that will be executed. Click Start Restore after confirmation. 


You can learn more in "Edit partitions on the destination disk" and "Align partition to optimize for SSD". 

For more details with screenshots, see: Disk Recovery with AOMEI Backupper.


*If you backup disk in incremental mode, please prepare the full backup and all related incremental images; If you backup disk in differential mode, please prepare the full backup and the latest differential image; If you just backup the disk for once, only full backup is enough.

*If you regularly backup your disks, each backup will generate an image at a given time, so there may be multiple time points to choose from.

*The destination disk/partition will be totally overwritten. If the destination contains any important data, it should first be copied to another location.

*If any applications are running on the destination partition/disk, AOMEI Backupper will require you to restart computer and execute the restore operation in "Restart Mode".

By the way, AOMEI Backupper Professional and higher versions support restore backup image to dissimilar hardwares. That is to say, you can restore the disk image of one computer to another computer with the help of this software. For detailed steps on dissimilar hardware restore, please turn to OS migration to dissimilar hardware. This software also allows you to restore system image, partition image and file image. Selective file restore can help restore particular files in the image instead of the entire image.