Unable to Restore Using a System Image

Posted by @AOMEI

July 22, 2016

If you are told that unable to restore using a system image, you can use AOMEI Backupper to solve this problem in an efficient way without cost much time and energy.


I have created a backup image of my 320GB hard drive in Windows 7. And the destination drive is a 128GB SSD. And when I restore using this system image, the process went wrong. The error message is “The system image restore failed. No disk that can be used for recovering the system disk can be found”. I can not find where the problem is. Could you tell me how to deal with this?

Whyunable to restore using a system image?

Through deeply checking and searching for where the trouble is, including recreating a system image, we discovered that the Windows 7 system image can remember the partition size of the source disk. The destination drive must equal or exceed capacity of the original drive partition used to create a Windows 7 system image.

The waysto solve “unable to restore using a system image”

Applying Windows built-in tool to restore using a system image

You have choices in solving this problem. The first comes to mind is using the shrink volume feature of Windows 7 Disk Management tool. You can reduce the size of all primary drive partitions down to their smallest size possible. In this instance, you are able to reduce the 320GB hard drive partition size down to approximately 9.2GB, but it is better to reduce it to 10GB since it allows some room for unexpected growth. You can use Windows built-in tool to complete the system image restore. And after the successfully restore, you need to extend volume of your partition size from 10GB to the full amount possible. To open Windows Disk Management, you can either right-click on the My Computer icon and choose Manage, or click the Start button → Control Panel → System and Security → Administrative Tools and then select Computer Management. In the left panel, under Storage, click Disk Management and then choose the current volume. Right-click and choose Extend Volume.

Tips: You may found it complex and troublesome using the Windows built-in tool to restore using a system image. So we need to search for another way to fix the error.

How to restore using a system image with AOMEI Backupper?

To restore using a system image, you need to choose a perfect tool for your operation. We all know the defects of Windows built-in tool, therefore, the best choice is finding a powerful restore software. AOMEI Backupper is a restore software which has all-inclusive restore services. And the delicate designed user interface make it easy to use even for a freshman. AOMEI Backupper is free of charge for you.

We suppose that we have created a system image backup to an external hard drive. And you can boot into your computer. Now let me show you how to restore using a system image with AOMEI Backupper.

Step1. Download AOMEI Backupper, install it. Plug the external hard drive which is used to store the system image. Launch AOMEI Backupper, click Restore in the main interface, then check System Restore box.

System Restore

Step2. Click Path to select the system image file.


Step3. The program will pop up a prompt which says “The program detects the selected backup is a system image, would you like to do a system restore?”. Click Yes to go on with the process.


Step4. You can see the operation will be executed in an Operation Summary. Just confirm it, and click Start Restore to begin the restore function.



● You can backup C drive to external hard drive using AOMEI Backupper.

● If you can not boot into your computer, you can employ AOMEI Backupper to create a system repair disc.

● To shrink partition or extend partition, you can use AOMEI Partition Assistant to realize.