I’m using Windows 10 currently, and there are some problems showing on my laptop, so I want to reformat it. Meanwhile, I do not want to lose my files and other data on my laptop. So here I’m asking for can I backup laptop before formatting? If can, then how to backup laptop before formatting? Thanks for any help!

In reality, there are many situations (such as virus, cleaning up, driver issues, etc) that you have to reformat your laptop to fix so that your laptop can run back to normal. But reformat laptop means you will lose everything on your laptop, which you do not wish in sincerely. The good news is that you can backup laptop before formatting. Once you format your laptop, you can restore all old data later.

How to backup laptop before formatting?

Backup laptop before formatting can save your data. There are so many ways you can use to backup laptop. Some of users manually backup files from laptop to another hard drive one by one, some of users backup with Windows backup tool. For the first one, you may take a lot of time and do it slowly. While using Windows backup tool, you may be limited for some reasons.

Fortunately, here we will introduce you a very best laptop backup software that can help you easily and safely backup laptop before formatting.

Backup laptop before formatting with AOMEI Backupper

AOMEI Backupper is a powerful free backup software that can help you backup files before formatting. No matter laptop or desktop. You can use it to easily backup PC before formatting. Here you can follow the detailed steps to backup laptop before formatting. Well, before you do, you need to prepare an external hard drive to store the backup image on. It should be as large enough to store all data on the laptop hard drive.

Step1. Connect your external hard drive to your laptop and make sure it can be detected by your laptop. Download AOMEI Backupper Standard free. Install and launch it on you laptop. It will display you its intuitive interface. To backup laptop before formatting, here you need to backup the entire hard drive on your laptop to keep all data safe. Click Backup->Disk Backup.

Disk Backup

Step2. Here you need to select the source disk and the destination disk in the “Step1” and “Step2”. After that, click Start Backup to launch the progress.

Select Disk


The AOMEI Backupper supports you to schedule backup for daily, weekly, monthly, event triggers (supported by AOMEI Backupper Professional edition), or choose to do a full backup or incremental/differential backup. You can set it up in Schedule.

Step3.After the progress reaches 100%, click Finish to exit.

Backup Finish


Backup hard disk may take a long time (depending on the amount of your data), and AOMEI Backupper allows you to shut down PC on completion automatically, and check backup integrity on the completion automatically.


This should be the simplest solution of how to backup hard drive before formatting. AOMEI Backupper has four backup types, and you can also use it to backup system only with System Backup, or only backup files before formatting with File Backup; etc. When your PC has some problems that you need to reformat it, you can restore your programs and data to your PC later. Besides, AOMEI Backupper provides more functions like clone hard drive, create bootable media, etc. You can upgrade to AOMEI Backupper Professional to get more functions. If you are Windows Server users, the AOMEI Backupper Server is suitable for you.