How to Backup Computer Before Factory Reset?

Factory reset will overwrite data on the hard drive, so it is recommended to backup computer before factory reset in Windows 10/8/7.


By Delia Updated on October 18, 2022

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About factory reset

Many computers comes with a factory recovery partition, especially laptops, which allows you to restore to factory settings when your computer is running in issues. For some PCs do not provide the factory reset function, Luckily, Windows 8 or 10 provides two factory reset options, which are Refresh and Reset. 

Refresh will remove all your installed desktop programs while saving applications installed from Windows Store and personal files. Unlike Windows Refresh, both Windows 8 or 10 PC reset and factory reset will completely erase everything on your hard drive and reinstall Windows operating system. Therefore, it is recommended to backup computer before factory reset.

What to Backup before reset?

As mentioned that factory reset will all the programs and personal files, if you only want to keep your files, you can just copy the files to another hard drive. It gets little complicated than copying files if you want to keep all the installed programs. 

Besides, some data are not stored in file or folder format, which cannot be simply coped and pasted. Therefore, you need to create a full backup of your computer before reformatting. That is when free backup and restore software AOMEI Backupper Standard comes into play. It allows you to create system backup, disk backup, partition backup, and file backup. What’s more, it enables you to restore a part of the backup.

Backup before factory reset with AOMEI Backupper

With AOMEI Backupper, PC backup software free of all use, you can create a full backup of your computer without the need to decide what to backup, and it has high level image backup compression technology, you do not need to worry that the backup will take much disk space.

To backup full computer with AOMEI Backupper:

1. Free download this backup program and run it.

Download FreewareWin 11/10/8.1/8/7/XP
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2. Click “Backup” in the Home screen, and then select “Disk Backup”. If you only want to backup system and programs, you can choose “System Backup” instead.

Disk Backup

3. Click "Add Disk" to add the computer hard drive(s) in the backup as the source disk.

Add Computer Disk

4. Choose another location path which is not on the hard drive to be reset as the destination location. To backup to external hard drive or NAS network drive is preferred.

Select Backup Destination

5. Click “Start Backup” to start the backup process.

Start Backup

If you are going to reset your PC, it is highly recommended to backup computer before factory reset. With AOMEI Backupper, you can also configure a scheduled backup to backup computer automatically or create a clone of your hard drive, so that everything on the drive is well protected without imaging.

Delia · Editor
Delia owns extensive experience in writing technology-related blog posts, and has been a part of AOMEI since 2020 to provide expertise in data security and disaster recovery. She works with Windows operating systems, SQL databases, and virtualization platforms such as VMware and Hyper-V, specializing in troubleshooting and advising on data protection and migration.