How to Perform Hard Disk Image File Restore in Windows 10

We can’t avoid data loss or system crashes. How to preform hard disk image file restore from previous backups in Windows 10? Two methods are introduced in this article. Select one as per your needs.


by Yuka Updated on January 9, 2023

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Need to recover files from disk image

In our PC, we have saved a lot of files, including work documents, precious photos, favorite music, etc. In order to prevent data loss, many people have developed the habit of backing up data.  If you have created a hard disk image, you may want to recover files from disk image in the following instances:

Computer suffered a serious error. Many unforeseen problems will appear in the process of using computers in daily life. Such as system crashes, hard disk damage, virus attacks and so on.
Deleted files by mistake. After the computer has been used for a period of time, we will find that the space in the C drive is getting smaller and smaller. At this time, many users will clean the files in the C drive in order to speed up the operation of the computer. It is inevitable that important files in the computer are deleted by mistake.

How to retrieve hard disk image file in Windows 10? In the following essay, I will introduce two approaches for you.

How to Perform Hard Disk Image File Restore

Method 1. Windows 10 hard disk image file restore with Backup and Restore (Windows 7)

Need to perform hard disk image file restore? You should have a backup before problem happens. In windows 10, there is a built-in tool –Backup and Restore (Windows 7) which can help you backup and restore files. Below I will give instructions to show you how to use it to backup and restore hard disk image.

Part 1. Setting backup using Backup and Restore (Windows 7)

It’s easy to set hard disk image via Backup and Restore (Windows 7), here it is:

Step 1. Search control panel and click Backup and Restore (Windows 7).

Step 2. Click Set up backup to create a new disk backup task. 

Set Up Backup

Step 3. Select where you want to save your backup, and click Next.

Select Backup Destination

Step 4. Tick “Let me choose” option and click Next. Choose the hard disk that you want to backup, and click Next.

Create Disk Image

✍ Helpful tip: Check Include a system image of the drive: EFI System Partition, (C:), Recovery option to create a system image backup for restoring Windows 7/8/10 in time if needed.

Step 5. Then you can review your backup settings and change schedule. After confirmation, click Save settings and run backup.

Part 2. Hard disk image file recovery via Backup and Restore (Windows 7)

If something wrong has happened to your PC, you can easily restore files from backup in Windows 10 through the built-in tool. Steps are as follows:

Step 1. Enter into Backup and Restore (Windows 7) Center.

Step 2. Next click “Restore my files”.

Restore My Files

Step 3. In the Restore files page, click Search, Browse for files or Browse for folders to find files or folders you want to restore and select them.

Restore Files

Step 4. Select "In the original location" or "In the following location" to store your files.

Step 5. Click Restore to start the pending operation.

Method 2. Recover files from disk image with AOMEI Backupper Professional

Although Windows built-in tool may provide you the service to recover files from disk image, I want to recommend you a useful third-party software—AOMEI Backupper Professional. It can create disk image for SD card, USB flash drive, external hard drive, CD/DVD, local disk, etc. By the way, you could create a system image to restore the whole Windows operating system in time if the system crashes. It is selected by millions of users due to its security and convenience. AOMEI Backupper offers Backup, Restore, Sync, Clone and other tools for Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, 10.

With its help, you can create disk image with ease. Then you can restore hard disk image file as per your needs with just a few clicks. Try it with a free download.

Part 1. Create disk image with just a few clicks

The detailed steps to create a disk image in Windows 10 are listed below:

Step 1. Launch AOMEI Backupper Professional, choose Backup -> Disk Backup on the main window.

Disk Backup

Step 2. Tap +Add Disk, select the Windows 10 disk that you would like to backup, and click Add.

Add Disk

Step 3. Click folder icon or triangle icon to select an external hard drive, or network drive to save the Windows 10 disk image file. Finally, press the Start Backup button to create disk image safely.

Select Backup Destination

✍ Schedule: you can click Schedule and select Daily, Weekly, USB plug in, Event triggers to run your backup tasks, the last two modes are available in paid versions.
✍ Options: you can enable email notification, choose the compression level for the backup image file and select intelligent sector backup or sector-by-sector backup, etc. If you want to encrypt your backups, the Professional version may help.

Part 2. Restore hard disk image file in Windows 10

After the disk backup finished, you will get an image file, suffix with .adi, on your destination location. If you want to restore the data from the image file someday, you could perform selective files restore, or restore the entire hard drive. The instructions of both are listed below:

❃ Selective files restore

Operating principle: AOMEI Backupper provides  "Explorer Image” which is an approach to realize selective file restore. The image files can be mounted as a virtual partition by this software, and these virtual partitions are similar to those partitions like C:, D:, etc. For example, if you mount the image file as Drive Z, you can access Drive Z from "My Computer", and to explore the files on this partition. You can copy any file to other partitions with "Copy" and "Paste".

Step 1. Launch AOMEI's software, and select a backed-up image file, two methods are mentioned.

>>> Method 1: click "Home" tab, and then select a backup task that you want to restore. Click the three horizontal lines button > "Advanced" > "Explore Image" option under the "Advanced" item.

Disk Image Explore Home

>>> Method 2: select "Explore Image" option under the "Tools" option.


And then, select a backup task, and click "Next". (You can also browse a path to open the image file that needs to be explored.)

Explore Image Disk Backup

Step 2. Select a backup point in the "Backup Point" page, and then click "Next".

Disk Backup Point

Step 3. In the "Explore Image" page, tick the blank box that you want to explore and select a drive letter for it, and then click "Next".

Assign Drive Letter

Step 4. Click "Finish" when the operation is done.

Step 5. You can access the virtual partition through "My Computer". The operation of selective file restore can be completed by copying files to other existing partitions with the Windows built-in functions of "copy" and "paste".

❃ Disk restore

Step 1. You can begin restoration through two methods.

>>> Method 1: In the "Home" tab, click "Restore" option of a corresponding backup task.

Disk Restore

>>> Method 2: Click "Restore" and "Select Task" option. If you can’t find the image file in the list box, you can browse the backed up image file by clicking the "Select Image File" button.

In the next interface, you can select backup image from the list, and then click "Next".

Select Disk Backup

Step 2. Next, you can choose how to restore the backup image, including Restore the entire disk, Restore a partition in the disk.

Restore Entire Disk

Step 3. The source disk and the destination disks will be listed in this step. Confirm the operations and click "Start Restore".

Restore Disk

Step 4. Click "Finish" when the operations have been completed.

💥 Notes:

  • Edit Partitions: You can resize the partition size on the destination disk which includes three options: clone without resizing partitions, fit all partitions to the entire disk and edit the partitions on the disk.
  • SSD Alignment: If your destination disk is an SSD, it is highly recommended to check the option, and it will accelerate the reading and writing speed for SSD.


With AOMEI Backupper, you can backup and restore hard disk image file with ease. And you can set schedule backup to save your time and energy. Operations of all AOMEI features are simple, you can get started quickly. Its powerful features prevent your data from being lost or damaged. Go and try it right now!

Yuka · Editor
Yuka, our dedicated editor at AOMEI Technology, is committed to bringing you valuable insights and guidance in data protection. Her mission is to empower everyone with her knowledge in computer backup and recovery, disk cloning, file synchronization, and more. Yuka's goal is to do her best to make complex tech tasks simple and ensure that your digital world remains safe and secure.