4 Steps: How to Perform Partition Restore or Volume Recovery

A powerful and excellent program - AOMEI Backupper enables you to restore partition/volume easily. It can work with all Windows OS since Windows 2000.


By Delia Updated on December 16, 2022

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When Need Partition/Volume Restore

The partition and volume work well at most of the time, but there would be some unexpected problems happening to the operating system. In this case, we should do a system backup in advance. As for partition backup, you can refer to the article -"how to backup partition/volume".

We can hardly restore partition to the normal state without a backup. However, you can try to recover lost and deleted partitions through the function of partition recovery of some partition recovery software, such as, AOMEI Partition Assistant.

If we have backed up the partition to an image file, the operation of restore can be completed easily. If the data on the partition is damaged, we can quickly restore partition to the normal state with the backed up image file.

Partition/volume restore may be needed in the following situations:
  • The data on partition/volume has been damaged. For example, the data on Drive D have been deleted accidentally.

  • The file system has been damaged. For example, Windows prompts that this partition needs to be formatted when you double clicking a partition.

  • Partition table has been destroyed, which leads to partition/volume loss.

  • Viruses and Trojans can not be cleared, so that we need to format partition/volume. But all the data will be eliminated, including the undamaged ones.

  • The damage of "Meta Information" on dynamic disk will make dynamic disk to the invalid state.

Restore is needed in all the situations mentioned above. That is why we need partition backup. The important data should be backed up at any time for its priceless. Once data is lost, thousands of dollars can hardly be recovered. Only if you make a backup in advance can you restore the lost data easily.

AOMEI Backup Software

AOMEI Technology focuses on the storage management. A backup and restore software of it- AOMEI backup software can meet the basic needs of most users. It can realize partition, volume and disk backup and restore easily. You can download and use it freely.

It supports all the editions of Windows operating system, such as, Windows 8, Windows 7, Vista, XP, as well as Server OS. Whether your disk is MBR or GPT, the partition is primary, logical or dynamic volume, AOMEI Backupper can complete the operations of backup and restore easily and excellently.

Before partition restore, you should have an image file that includes the partition backed up in advance. This image file is extremely important to the operation of restore. The partition can not be restored without this image file. Therefore, you should keep the image file properly after backup. Burning the image file to a CD for permanent preservation turns out to be the best way.

Steps of Partition Restore with AOMEI Backupper

When AOMEI Data Backup starts, all the tasks of the previous backup will be shown in the list box on the "Restore" interface. You can directly select the relevant task to restore, or you can complete restore by means of opening the image file. The detailed steps of Partition Recovery are just as follows.

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Step 1. Select the image file of the backed partition/volume that needs to be restored. There are two methods.

Method 1: Click "Restore" item on the left tab, and then "Select Task", all the backups will be listed. Click the image file that needs to be restored, and then click "Next".

Select Task

Note: if there is not any backup in the list, or the partition/volume has been backed up to a network path or CD, you can select the target partition/volume by clicking "Select Image File" option.

Method 2: Under the "Home" tab, select the target backup task that needs restoration, and then click the three horizontal lines button and "Restore".

Home Partition Restore

Then, all the versions of this backup task will be listed out. Select the item you want to restore and click "Next".

Select Restore Item

Step 2. Select a partition as the destination and then click "Next". (The backed up partition/volume is suggested to be set as the destination partition, but also you can choose other partitions as well.)

Select Destination

Step 3. Then it will be the operation summary page. You should confirm the operations and then click "Start Restore" to carry put the operations. (Note: you can resize the destination partition by clicking the "Edit partition" option.)

Preview Restore

Step 4. When the operation is over, click "Finish" to exit the interface.


Notes: if there is any program running on the destination partition, this software will warn you to end it first. If it can not be terminated, this program will prompt you and automatically restart the computer so as to carry out the operations.

During partition restore, the computer restart might be required by this program. The computer will have to restart during the process of system partition restore. If the system partition has been damaged, the system may not boot, and then AOMEI Backupper accordingly can not run on the system, then, the operation of restore can be completed through a bootable CD. For detailed tutorials, you can refer to the article-System Partition Restore by using Bootable CD.

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.