Backup Hard Drive in Windows 8/8.1 with Free Backup Software

Posted by @Cherry

September 30, 2015

If you are planning to upgrade your Windows 8/8.1, you’d better backup hard drive first. But how to do it? The freeware AOMEI Backupper Standard can help a lot.

Why Should We Backup Hard Drive for Windows 8/8.1?

Today, many people are using Windows 8/8.1 operating system. As time goes by, Microsoft released the latest Windows OS Windows 10. Thus, many users want to upgrade their old Windows 7 or Windows 8/8.1 system to Windows 10. However, before you upgrade your system, you’d better backup hard drive for Windows 8/8.1. What if you upgrade failed? There are many unpredictable factors such as the human factor, or the software compatibility that can lead you failed to upgrade system, and it may cause the system crashed and the data broken, even the whole hard drive destroyed. To minimize the predictable damage, backup hard drive for Windows 8/8.1 is necessary, so that even the hard drive broken, your data will be safe.

How to Backup Hard Drive Windows 8/8.1?

As it is mentioned above, backup hard drive Windows 8/8.1 can help you get out of big troubles like disk broken. Well then, is there any freeware for you to backup hard drive disk in Windows 8/8.1? We know that there are many software for you to backup disk of the computer, but most of them need to pay for. Here we highly recommend you the third party software AOMEI Backupper Standard, a freeware for Windows PC users, which has great powerful features and it can backup disk in a few clicks. This software supports Windows XP/Vista/7/8/8.1/10, so even you upgrade to Windows 10, you can still use it. How to backup disk with AOMEI Backupper Standard? Here are the simple steps for you.

Step1. Download AOMEI Backupper Standard, install and launch it. You will see the main interface of this freeware, click Disk Backup under the Backup tab.

Disk Backup

Step2. You will move on to the disk backup window and you can select the disk which you want to backup at step1, and choose the destination space where you want to store the backup image. Here you can backup to the other local disks or an external hard drive, even back it up to network (NAS). Click Start Backup to launch the progress.

Select Disk

Step3. After the progress has reached 100%, click Finish to end up it.

Backup Finish


At the Step2, you can see there are two options on the bottom, “Backup Options” and “Schedule”. You can click “Backup Options” to setup more for your disk backup, such as add comments, and give a password for the files. The “Schedule” is for you to setup an automatic backup. You can make a schedule backup as daily, weekly, monthly under the General tab, and select full, incremental or differential backup under the Advanced tab.

If you want to backup to external hard drive, you must prepare an external hard drive which is enough to store the backup image before.

If you want to backup to NAS, you need to remember the display name and path so that you can find it.

AOMEI Backupper has a very easy-to-use interface that even you are a non-technician, you can operate it alone. Besides backup, you can use it to restore system, create bootable media, clone for your computer, etc.