Backup Windows 7 with internal tools
When you start to backup your system or data, you actually realize the value of backup. It is a good turn. Some of users tend to backup Windows to external hard drive, USB flash drive or SSD, for example. While others like to backup to internal hard drive. You can backup boot disk for Windows 7 in following steps.
Open Backup and Restore by clicking the Start button, clicking Control Panel, clicking System and Security, and then clicking Backup and Restore. Click Back up now. It will start to backup then.
However, wherever you are going to backup to, Windows 7 backup boot disk seems to fails in most cases. The specific reasons vary from one to the other. Run defragmenter and check disc are good disk management habits, but they may affect the backup occasionally. Moreover, if you are about to backup Windows to an USB flash drive 3.0, it may possibly fail due to some obscure timing problem.
What if backing to hard drive not flash drive? Well, it may start fast but probably hangs at 57 percent. It may be the interference from the security program, the anti-virus program or the entire security suite, that installed on your PC. Since these types of programs run in the background and interact with your file system actively, it is not uncommon for them to interfere with legitimate operations like backing up the contents of your hard drive. Besides, if the system couldn’t be started, you will need to backup Windows in Win PE and then restore Windows from the backup.
You can create a Windows 7 recovery disc with Create a system repair disc option, but only CD supported. What if there is no CD in hand? Then you can try the freeware, AOMEI Backupper Standard, which contains a feature that could create a bootable disc both on CD/DVD and USB. It also could just create ISO file then you can burn it to CD/DVD or USB. Download this program and have a try.
Backup Windows 7 boot disk with AOMEI Backupper
Create bootable media for Windows 7
Install and launch AOMEI Backupper. Connect the media you want to create boot files on with you computer.
Step1. Click Utilities -> Create Bootable Media.
Step2. Choose Windows PE- Create bootable disc based on Windows PE. Then AOMEI Backupper will detect if you need to install Windows AIK or not. If you do, please install it first.
Step3. Select Bootable Media. Click Next, and wait for the process complete. Mostly, it will take a few minutes only.
After creating the bootable media, you can enter the BIOS to set the boot sequence. Boot your PC from the bootable media. Then you are able to backup Windows 7 successfully. Or, you can backup the boot disk with all-around freeware-AOMEI Backupper Standard.
Backup disk with AOMEI Backupper Standard
Connect the external hard drive to your PC if you want to backup disk to.
Step1. Click Backup -> Disk Backup.
Step2. Select the boot disk you need to backup.
Step3. Select one location as the destination path. Click Start Backup.
Note: You can do some customized configurations if you click Backup Options and Schedule.
The closing sentences: with bootable media, you can make Windows 7 backup boot disk in Windows PE mode. Especially when you backup Windows 7 fails within Windows environment. To free up the disk space, you can learn how to delete Windows 7 old backups. As a matter of fact, the bootable media created by AOMEI Backupper could be used as disaster recovery, too. Many other useful features are embedded in this mighty software. For instance, System Clone allows you to migrate operating system (OS) and all applications in system drive to the faster SSD or a larger hard disk drive without re-installing Windows. AOMEI Backupper also supports to create backup boot disk in Windows 10 and Windows 8.