What is File Restore?

To learn about File Restore, we should first get to know what is File Backup. File backup is an activity of creating a backup image for a specific file or folder so as to enhance the data security. We can use this feature to prevent data loss by backing up file from local hard disk to other partition, external hard drive, USB device, DVD/CD, or even Networks. As for File Restore, it is an operation which is taken to recover file or folder to its original state when the file or folder has become damaged, modified or moved. The major function of File Restore is to recover lost data from secondary storage device to the local hard disk drive.


You must create a File Backup before you can do File Restore (alias File Recovery). You're strongly advised to backup your file or folder to external hard drive or any other secondary storage device. By doing so, you can easily regain the lost data even if the entire source disk is crashed

When Need File Restore?

As we all know, our computer may broke down from time to time due to many unknown reasons after years of use. Even if your computer has a pretty outstanding current work performance, the issue of data security should not be viewed lightly. Since our valuable data is vulnerable to many daily unknown menace, to make a backup for those precious files and folder in advance is necessary. Then, here come the question – When we need to do file restore? We summarized and concluded some of the main reasons as below:

  • When you deliberately delete an important folder or file (That could be your business information, family pictures/videos, or other valuable data), in this case, you need to do File Restore to recover those file and folder.

  • Data loss happened due to some disk operation such as, shrink partition, delete partition or wipe partition. When you want to regain some of those deleted data, you can recover the files from the backup image to its previous condition.

  • Software or Hardware conflict usually result in system crash, it’s generally known that system crash can lead to data loss. With the help of File Recovery, you can restore the valuable data even the whole operating system stop working.

  • If you modified a file and you saved the current condition permanently, on that occasion, the file which you’ve changed would not allow you to revert it to its previous version anymore. However, File Restore provides this function to revert modified to its prior files by restoring.

File Restore with FREE AOMEI Backupper

Detailed Steps of File Restore

Before you start any operation, you need to download the free backup and restore software AOMEI Backupper Standard and install it on your computer.  In order to restore files in the event of a disaster, please create a file backup in advance. 

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Step 1: You can click the "Restore" option and Select Task or Select Image File to find to image files.

Select Task

Step 2: Choose the backup which you want to restore in the Backup List, after that click “Next”.

Select Image

Step 3: Select files or folders from the list tree below and click “Next” to continue. As you can see from the screenshot, I ticked the C to restore all files and folders in this C drive.

Select Folder from Image

Step 5: Select a location, and then the program will restore these files to it. There are two options: “Restore to original location” or “Restore to a new location”, you could choose whichever one according to your needs. Click “Start Restore” to start this operation.

Restore to Original Location

Step 6: Wait patiently untill the operation has been completed successfully.

AOMEI Backupper is a sophisticated and FREE backup software. It not only provides features to do File Backup & Restore, System Backup, Disk Backup and Partition Backup, but also offer Disk Clone and Partition Clone functions. Just like the old version of AOMEI Backupper, the new version still retains all the original functions. For example, you can do full backup, incremental backup or differential backup according to your needs; more than that, you also can add schedule on to backup tasks to realize automatic backup. Therefore, one may ask; what’s the difference between the new version and the old version?

Actually, the new version has improved and upgraded many aspects from the old version. The main difference is there are many new features have been added on to the new version. One of the most eye-catching features is File Backup and File Restore. AOMEI Backupper will assure absolute security for your files which have been backed up. With the help of this function, you can simply choose the specific files or folders to restore. This operation is as easy as copy and paste; moreover, you can do it in a considerably short period of time.