Restore Windows 8/8.1 Image to a New Hard Drive Easily

Posted by @Cherry

April 21, 2016

Restoring Windows 8/8.1 backup image to a new hard drive or SSD allows you to migrate OS and upgrade system disk. You can use Windows built-in tool or a third party backup software like AOMEI Backupper.

The Scenario

"I made a system image of my computer installed Windows 8 before I had to send it in to get work done. Now that I got back, I am trying to restore the system image. I have tried to boot into the advanced startup options and restore it from there but it tells me that I need to boot from a Windows installation disk. When I try to boot from the disk I have it doesn't bring up the option to do so. Then I decided that I would just mount the hard drive images and just move the files over. When I try to mount it, it doesn't do anything. It doesn't give me an error or make a noise or anything. Then if I try to mount it again it says that it is already mounted. My questions is either how do I boot from the installation disk or how do I mount the drives. Thanks in advance!"

This is a question from forum. If he restore system from bootable disk, it will be solved. Actually, there is a similar question that how to restore Windows 8 image to new hard drive.

Why Restore Windows 8/8.1 to New Hard Drive?

In reality, people use the computer to work or to have a relax. A new computer needs to install a system so that it can boot and run applications. Today, Windows 8/8.1 is acclaimed by Windows users. With time goes by, the original hard drive may become too small so that it runs slower and slower. Thus, users may want to change a bigger one to make the computer perform better. Or, the disk carrying on a Windows 8/8.1 system had been damaged, you have to buy a new one to replace it. Almost all the users knew that reinstalling a system and the applications could take a lot of time, why not restore the Windows 8 image to new hard drive? It can save a lot of time and keep the old data.

Restore Windows 8/8.1 Image with an Easy Way

How to restore Windows 8/8.1 image to new hard drive? There are many ways. You can install a brand new Windows system, or you can try to restore your old Windows 8/8.1 system to new hard drive. To do this job, you can use the Windows 8/8.1 built-in tool or some other software like AOMEI Backupper. As we all know, Windows 8/8.1 snap-in tool has many limitations and the operation is complicated. However, with the help of AOMEI Backupper, it will be much easier.

To restore Windows 8/8.1 to new hard drive, you need to create an image of Window 8/8.1. AOMEI Backupper is a strong software. It has great powerful features and it is enough to help you restore Windows 8 image to a new hard drive. If your computer can’t boot, you can use AOMEI Backupper to create a bootable CD/DVD.

Before you do, please prepare a new hard drive which is enough to store the image, and make sure that you have already backed up.

Step1. Download AOMEI Backupper Standard (freeware), install and launch it. Plug in the new hard drive and create a bootable media on the new hard drive so that you can boot the computer from it.

Step2. Click Restore, select “Universal Restore” and find image file you backed up before (Disk Backup), when you select the image file, it will be showed under the “Task Name” and you will skip to the next step automatically.

Universal Restore

Step3. Click the “Disk Backup(1)” and click “Next”. In this step, you will be asked to choose the partition or volume to restore, you can select any partition/volume here, or the whole disk backup image.

Backup Point

Step4. Select the new hard drive which you are going to restore the Windows 8/8.1 image to it. Click “Next”.

New Hard Drive

Step5. Here you moved to the operation summary. You can confirm the restore information here. If there is no problem, click “Start Restore” to start the proceed.

Operation Summary

When the proceed reaches 100%, click “Finish” to end up it.

AOMEI Backupper supports more than Windows 8/8.1 operating system, such as Windows 10/7/Vista/XP. To counter all the Windows OS, it has different editions. Such as AOMEI Backupper Standard(free) and Professional(payment) is adjust to Windows PC users. AOMEI Backupper Server is for Windows Server, and it has AOMEI Backupper Technician.

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