By AOMEI / Last Updated December 23, 2016

Backup before restoration

In order to make Gateway restore partition successfully, of course you have to prepare a backup file in advance. Backing up partition is one of ideal ways to avoid data loss caused by system crash, virus attack, human mistakes and so on. And when it comes to partition backup, system partition might be the first one you intend to back up since it’s the most important part in a computer. Then, how to backup a partition?

Backup is not simply copy&paste because there exist many invisible files as well. You can back up a partition in two methods. One is using Windows built-in kit:

Open Control Panel. Click Backup your computer.

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If you want to back up system only, choose Create a system image on the left. If you want to back up other partitions, select Set up backup. Afterwards, just follow its wizard.

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When backup is finished, as you see above, Windows offers the feature of restoration too. However, Windows built-in tool has several limitations. For example, sometimes some files will not be backed up or you can’t compress the image file, etc. As for restoring, if the computer fails to boot normally, it’s impossible to execute restoration with this wizard. By this token, the second method to restore Gateway partition comes, using a third-party software - AOMEI Backupper.

Back up and restore partition with AOMEI Backupper

AOMEI Backupper is an easy-to-use backup and recovery software that can help you do system/disk/partition backup as well as restoration handily in Windows 10/8/7/XP and Vista.

  • Back up

Download, install and launch AOMEI Backupper. If you’re going to back up system partition, directly click System Backup on the main interface. If you’re going to other partition(s), please select Partition Backup. Operations are similar while here the former will be taken as an example.

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Tips: If you select C drive in Partition Backup as the source partition, it will jump to System Backup by default.

AOMEI Backupper chooses all system related files automatically thus you just need to select a destination path in “Step 2”. It’s possible to save image files anywhere, local disk, network drive or any external device. More settings are available in the bottom, Backup Options, Schedule and Scheme.

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  • Restore

With backup prepared, whenever you need to restore system or other partition, go to Restore tab in AOMEI Backupper. All completed backups will be listed. Select one and click Next. By the way, Universal Restore is provided as well.


A pop-up window. Confirm it.

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Select a time point to restore.

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Choose the destination in this step. If you’re restoring system partition, you’re recommended to locate it to the first available area on the target disk otherwise system may not boot.


Please note that this operation will overwrite the destination so don’t forget to back up important data before. Click Yes when you decide to execute.


Plus, you can find all backup images and restore them under Home tab too.


In case you can not boot system normally, you can also copy hard drive to USB as a rescue media. At last, AOMEI Backupper makes not only Gateway restore partition perfectly, but also restorations in other brands of laptops/desktops.