Introduction of system backup
System backup is to make an image copy of the partition (s) containing operating system (OS), boot files, configurations and programs installed in C drive, and then store the backup image to other location.
If system is damaged by computer virus or any other unknown errors, you can restore the system backup image to make your computer back to the state where you made the system backup without installing Windows and applications.
You'd better take a system backup when your computer, as well as all the needed software, is perfectly running, thus the system is relatively clean and running fast. Of course, you can also take a system backup at any time you like.
How to take system backup with free AOMEI Backupper?
You may have found many tools which can backup an entire system, such as Windows 7 Backup and Restore, Windows 8 File History, however, you end in failing to understand them or getting errors.
AOMEI Backupper Standard, a backup freeware, is capable of backing up system to internal hard disks, external hard drives, solid-state drive (SSD), USB flash drives, thumb drives, network-attached storage (NAS), network drive, etc.
What’s more, it supports creating two kinds of bootable media. One is Linux boot disc, and the other is Windows PE boot disc. If your computer fails to boot, you can boot your computer with the bootable media to restore your system. With its concise interface and design, users can handle it without any help. The screenshots below will show you how to create system image with Backupper.
First, download and install this freeware and launch it. Then click "System Backup" under the "Backup" tab.
Second, as the system partition (normally C: drive) will be automatically chosen as the source partition in Step1, just select a destination path to save the image file. You can also set a task name for it to help you distinguish it from other backups.
Before starting the backup, the two options down there may have drawn your attention. One is "Backup Options," under which there are some useful functions, such as comments, compression, encryption, splitting, and notification, etc, the other is "Schedule Off", with which you can set a schedule system backup.
Third, with all the settings done, you can click "Start Backup" to take system backup. Since it uses Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS), you can still use the computer while the process is running without problem.
At last, click "Finish" option to exit.
How to take system backup becomes meaningless if you can not restore the backup image. The freeware, Backupper Standard, not only supports restoring system backup to the original location, but restoring to dissimilar hardware. Besides, restoring system backup between GPT disk and MBR disk is out of question.