About Disk Backup
As a matter of fact that you can not prevent or predict failure of a hard disk or redundant array of independent disks (RAID), particularly RAID 0, to take backups becomes essential to protect your data. If you have many valuable data besides operating system (OS) stored on your hard disk, and you can not simply backup all the files at the same time, disk backup seems to be best way to protect all your data on your computer in this case, especially for those who have installed more than one operating system (OS) on the same disk. Compared with system backup, which only backups system related partition(s), disk backup will backup all the partitions on the disk including system invisible recovery partition.
What You Need to Perform Windows 10 Disk Backup?
You need the source disk to be backed up and a storage device where save disk backup images. An external hard drive will be a better choice in case of a complete catastrophic computer failure. If you do not want to backup to an extra hard drive, you can also choose network attached storage (NAS) as destination path to hold the backup images. Windows 10 has its built-in backup tool - File History, which comes with many restrictions, and most importantly, it will not allow you to backup the whole disk. Therefore, you need a more reasonable and capable third party backup freeware, such as AOMEI Backupper Standard, to backup disk on Windows 10. To be able to perform offline disk restore, you also need a USB disk or CD/DVD-R/RW disc to create bootable rescue media.
Backup Disk in Windows 10 with AOMEI Backupper Standard
AOMEI Backupper Standard, free disk backup software for Windows 10/8/8.17/Vista/XP, is able to backup the whole disk to any location path that shows in Windows Disk Management. The procedure of disk backup with Backupper is quite simple.
To do disk backup:
1. Install and launch AOMEI Backupper Standard.
2. Select Disk Backup under Backup tab.
3. Click Step 1 to select the source disk to be backed up. Then click Step 2 to select the destination disk to store the backup image file.
4. Click Start Backup to perform the backup.
That is it. It only takes a few clicks to create full disk backup of Windows 10. If you still think this is too much, you can backup with command line to do completely unattended backup. While the backup process is running, you can still use the computer as it creates a snap-shot of your hard disk before the backup starts. After the backup is complete, you can create scheduled differential or incremental backup, which will backup your new added data automatically to save disk space.
To restore your computer from a disk backup, you can boot into Windows PE or Linux bootable media created by Backupper and select Restore. If you do not have a bootable media, you can use AOMEI PXE boot tool implemented within AOMEI Backupper Standard to boot your computer. If you only want to restore the some files from the disk backup, you can mount disk backup image as a virtual drive, which can be accessed with File Explorer. Then you can just copy the files or folders you want to restore to your local disk. If you want to upgrade your hard drive, you can also use AOMEI Backupper to copy hard drive to SSD or another large hard drive.