What is dual boot system?
Dual boot system refers to separately installing two operating systems on different partitions of the same disk, and the latter one does not overwrite the former. In addition, no need to worry those two systems will contribute to conflict for every single system has its own file system. At the startup of dual boot system, you can choose to boot into which system. If you ever want to boot another system, you need to restart your computer and choose it again. To meet different needs, it’s quite convenient to install Ubuntu system on your computer besides Windows 7 or Windows 8.
Introduction of Ubuntu
Aiming to providing users with a new as well as stable operating system built mainly by free software, Ubuntu is an open source software platform based on Debian and GNOME desktop environment. Additionally Ubuntu has been upgraded very fast and now the latest version is kylin 15.04. What’s more, it is provided for free and with group professional support. Having installed Windows 7, 8, or 8.1, many computer users may also want to taste Ubuntu system. Before you install Ubuntu, it is recommended to backup files Windows 7 in case unexpected failure happens.
As you know, Windows 7 and Ubuntu are totally two different operating systems, and it is not easy to backup your system, so here comes a question that how to backup dual boot Windows 7 and Ubuntu.
Steps to backup Windows 7 and Ubuntu dual boot system
AOMEI Backupper Standard, a free backup and restore tool, provides system backup, file backup, partition backup, and disk backup. Backupper only works with Windows, but it supports many file system including Ubuntu file system, Ext3 or Ext4, so you can use System Backup to backup Windows 7 and Partition Backup to backup Ubuntu.
1. Boot into Windows 7 system. After downloading and launching AOMEI Backupper Standard, click System Backup under Backup tab to backup Windows 7.
2. Click Step2 to choose a location path to store the backup image and then click Start as Backupper will automatically select current system partition to backup.
3. Finishing the Windows 7 system backup, you can use Partition Backup to backup Ubuntu. Click Partition Backup under Backup tab and click Step1 to select Ubuntu partition(s). Ubuntu uses Ext3 or Ext4 file system, so you can easily select the Ubuntu partition(s) and click Add.
4. Click Step 2 to choose a location path to store the backup image. You can choose any location which can be recognized by Windows Explorer. Make sure that the destination location is large enough for the backup image since it will backup Ubuntu Partition(s) using sector by sector backup, which means to backup all sectors of the partition whether used or not.
5. Now you can view the backup task. If it is well set, click Start Backup to run it. In the next screen, you can see the backup is in process.
While running the backup, you can still use the computer to do other work as Backupper uses Volume Shadow copy Service (VSS). If you want to create one backup of Dual boot Ubuntu and Windows 7, you can use Partition Backup to add both Windows system partitions and Ubuntu Partitions in the backup. Of course, you can also backup the whole disk into an image file to backup Windows 7 and Ubuntu dual boot system.