2 Ways to Restore Windows 10 System Image to New Hard Drive

July 5, 2019

How to restore Windows 10 system image to new hard drive? This guide tells you 2 quick methods to restore Windows 10 to SSD or another hard drive.

The need to backup and restore Windows 10 to new hard drive

Given that you have a laptop that can only hold one hard drive which is failing, how do you replace the hard drive without spending time reinstalling operating system (OS) and programs? In this case, you can back up Windows 10 to network or a removable storage device. If you ever want to replace or upgrade your hard drive, you can restore system backup to a new hard drive.

Although the final version of Windows 10 has been released for a long time, it still has many bugs reported by users. If you now are running Windows 10, it is essential to backup your system and then you can restore Windows 10 image to new hard drive in the event of hard drive failure. When it comes to Windows 10 backup and restore to new hard drive, there are two workable methods: with Windows built-in tool or with a third-party tool named AOMEI Backupper.

Windows 10 follows Backup and Restore in Windows 7 which can help you create Windows system image as well as a system repair disc that can help you boot your new hard drive. But the whole process is kind of complicated, while AOMEI Backupper can help you finish the job in an easier way. Keep reading to get the two methods.

Method 1. Restore Windows 10 system image to new hard drive with built-in tool

The following are the detailed steps to backup and restore Windows 10 to new hard drive. You should prepare one external hard drive or USB flash drive to save the backup image. And also one CD/DVD that will be used to create the system repair disk.

Create Windows 10 system image:

Step 1. Go to Control Panel > click System and Security > click Backup and Restore (Windows 7).

Step 2. Click Create a system image in the left pane.

Create A System Image

Note: There’s one option named “Set up backup”. You can also click it to create a system image. On this occasion, you can add other files that you want to backup besides the system.

Step 3. Choose the destination (external hard drive or USB flash drive) to save your backup.

Step 4. The drives that are required for Windows to run will be included by default and click Next to continue.

Step 5. Confirm the settings and click Start backup.

When the backup is done, you'll be asked if you want to create a system repair disc (CD/DVD) to access the recovery options if your computer is unable to boot. If you do not have the CD-ROM device, you can choose to create Windows 10 recovery disk with your USB flash drive instead.

Restore Windows 10 system image:

Step 1. Shutdown the computer and replace the old hard drive with the new one.

Step 2. Connect the external hard drive with the system image backup and also the system repair disc to your computer.

Step 3. Boot computer from the system repair disc. Change your system's BIOS settings to make sure it can boot from the CD/DVD by hitting Delete/F2.

Step 4. Click Next when Windows Setup appears on the screen > Choose Repair your computer > Troubleshoot > System Image Recovery > Windows 10.

Step 5. Choose Use the latest available system image > Click Next.

Step 6. Choose Format and repartition disks option > Click Next > Finish > Yes to start to restore Windows 10 to new hard drive.

Method 2. Restore Windows 10 image to new hard drive with AOMEI Backupper

AOMEI Backupper Standard, a reliable backup freeware, can backup and restore Windows 10 to new hard drive smoothly while Windows is running well. It also allows you to perform offline restore via bootable media or AOMEI PXE tool when your system is not working.

For the thoughtful design and concise interface of AOMEI Backupper, it is easy to understand and only costs you a few clicks to create system image backup. It supports many file system including NTFS, FAT32, FAT16, EXT2, EXT3 and backing up to any locations that File Explorer detects including share folder over network, which makes the job extra easier.

Note: Providing Universal Restore, AOMEI Backupper Professional enables you to restore system backup or disk backup to another computer with dissimilar hardware. It can even clone Windows 10 system to new hard drive directly

Steps to restore Windows 10 backup to new hard drive with AOMEI Backupper

To restore Windows 10 to new hard drive, you should first create Windows 10 system image with AOMEI Backupper. You can save the backup image to your new hard drive, external hard drive or USB flash drive. And also create a bootable media in advance. Then follow the steps below to restore Windows 10 image backup to new hard drive.

Step 1. Download, install and launch AOMEI Backupper. If you use laptop, boot the bootable media created by AOMEI Backupper and install the new hard drive to your laptop. If have backed up to a removable device, connect it to your computer.

Step 2. Under Restore tab, click Select Image File to select the backup file you want to restore. Then, click Next.

Select Image File Winpe

Step 3. Select to restore the entire backup or a part, check the option Restore system to other location and click Next to continue. If you set a scheduled full/incremental/differential backup task, there will be a few backup image that you can choose.

Restore to Other Location

Step 4. Select a destination partition you want to restore to and click Next.

Select Destination

Step 5. Click Start Restore to perform the restore.

Preview Restore to Other Location


That’s all for Windows 10 backup and restore to new hard drive. You can make it with Windows built-in tool or with AOMEI Backupper. To make your new hard drive workable, a bootable media is needed. If your computer has no optical drive, you’d better choose AOMEI Backupper to help you because it can create bootable media just with the USB flash drive.

In addition, AOMEI Backupper also offers various backup options like disk/partition/file backup. You can also set your custom schedule backup task which can help you perform the backup automatically. Just explore it by yourself now!