How to Restore NTFS System Partition on Hard Drive in Windows 7/8/10?

Learn how to restore NTFS (system/boot) partition table on (external) hard drive or USB flash drive without losing data after formatting Toshiba/Dell laptop in Windows 7/8/10.


by Delia Updated on October 18, 2022

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When need to restore partition on hard drive?

When backing up data, you need to be aware that you may restore the backup image one day. You backup system or computer disk just in case PC corrupts or fails accidentally. When restoring backup image, you will get all lost files, programs or software back from the backup image. Therefore, restoring hard drive partition table is a disaster recovery solution.

In addition, if you restore system partition to original state in Windows 7/8/10, you are likely to experience the PC as if it is newly purchased because useless files and accumulative system garbage will be overwritten during that process.

When system runs well, sometimes you need to do restoring all the same. It is not uncommon that you create backup image on internal hard drive and restore partition on external hard drive later. For instance, you may backup Windows 7 and restore on another computer for PC upgrading.

What’s more, some works require a lot of restoring, such as restore partition after quick format. Anyway, you may have other intentions to do restoring. But do you know how to restore partition on hard drive? Actually, it is quite easy.

How to restore partition table in Windows 7/8/10?

Normally, many laptops such as Lenovo, Lion, Gateway, Samsung, Acer and Asus laptop have OEM partition i.e. recovery partition which contains system original state. Nevertheless, in order to rollback PC to latest state, backup is necessary. Backup is the basis of restoring. Every restoring needs a backup. So if you have not created a partition/volume backup yet, create one.

Then, you need restore utility. Windows has built-in backup and restore utility, but when you want to restore boot partition with its created system image it may fail you in most cases. As a result, it’s better to turn to reliable and steady third party software - AOMEI Backupper Professional.

  • This utility allows you to restore NTFS/FAT32 partition without losing data in Windows 7/8/10/Vista/XP.

  • The restore partition software supports various devices so that you can restore partition on USB flash drive, external hard drive and so on. 

  • Restoring Windows 10 image to dissimilar hardware is also available. If the partition backup image is created on GPT disk, you can still restore GPT partition to MBR disk.

  • In case your computer fails to boot someday, you can create bootable media or recovery environment with AOMEI Backupper to boot your computer.

Furthermore, AOMEI Backupper is user-friendly. Wanna have a try? Click the button below to get partition recovery software free download.

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Restore partition to unallocated space via AOMEI Backupper

With the partition image you created before, you can restore a lost or corrupted partition on a hard drive easily with AOMEI Backupper.

Tips: If you stored partition backup image on an external hard drive, you need to connect the device first. If you stored the image on NAS or Network shared folder, make sure your computer is under the same network now.

Step 1. Install and launch AOMEI Backupper Professional. Click Restore > Select Task. You can also click Select Image File to locate the backup image manually.

Select Task

Step 2. Select the partition backup task from the list and click Next.

Select Backup Task

Step 3. Select the item you want to restore and click Next.

Select Item

Step 4. Select the destination location that you want to restore to, and then click Next.

Select Destination

Step 5. Check the operation summary. Click Start Restore and wait for the process to be completed.

Preview Restore

Note: Steps of restoring a data partition are similar to file restore actually. But if you want to restore system partition, it is suggested to create a system image and then perform system restore.


It is not too hard to answer the question of how to restore partition on hard drive, isn’t it? AOMEI Backupper offers you an easy and safe way to restore lost or corrupted partitions on a hard drive.

It is all-around software, so you can do many practical events with the help of it. For example, you can upgrade Sony VAIO laptop hard drive with it and use it as HP USB image tool. Moreover, AOMEI Backupper Server is designed for Server users, so you can use it to restore Windows Server 2003 system image backup when necessary. Download it to explore more.

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.