Disk Restore

July 30, 2019

This option can help to restore hard drive image to a right status when the disk is broken, or you want to replace it with a new HDD.

Why Need Restore Disk?

A backup image is meaningful only if you restore it. When we backup disk that contains operating system, installed software, games, applications as well as personal files, we should think about the possibility of recovery once the hard drive corrupts or damages. In general, we need to do disk restore in following situations:

  • Your system files have been damaged by virus and cannot boot normally.

  • Your current hard drive is going to be broken and you want to replace it.

  • Your current hard drive is too small and you want to change to a bigger one.

  • Your data on the hard disk were lost and you want to recover them.

  • You want to replace hard drive with SSD and benefit from new technology.

All these situations are based on one thought: you don't want to reinstall everything. As long as you have a backup image of the hard drive, you can achieve above goals. Now, let's start to understand how to restore disk image. First, Download, install and launch this software.

Disk Restore in AOMEI Backupper

1. Connect the disk backup image to your computer and make sure it can be detected. In the left tab, click Restore and Select task. If the image is not detected, click Select Image File to navigate manually.

    Select Task

2. Select a backup image and click the Next button.

Select Backup Image

3. Select to restore entire disk or a partition and then click Next.

Select Entire Disk or Partition

4. Select the destination disk or partition to restore the backup image.

    Select Destination

Note: The destination partition will be overwritten. Please backup files in advance.

5. In the "Operation Summary" page, preview the operation that will be executed. Click Start Restore after confirmation.

    Preview and Restore

You can learn more in "Edit partitions on the destination disk" and "Align partition to optimize for SSD".

For more details with screenshots, see: Disk Recovery with AOMEI Backupper.


*If you backup disk in incremental mode, please prepare the full backup and all related incremental images; If you backup disk in differential mode, please prepare the full backup and the latest differential image; If you just backup the disk for once, only full backup is enough.

*If you regularly backup your disks, each backup will generate an image at a given time, so there may be multiple time points to choose from.

*The destination disk/partition will be totally overwritten. If the destination contains any important data, it should first be copied to another location.

*If any applications are running on the destination partition/disk, AOMEI Backupper will require you to restart computer and execute the restore operation in "Restart Mode".

*When you restore the disk image from GPT disk with 5 (or more) partitions to a MBR disk, it will prompt only 3 partitions can be restored. Because MBR disk only supports 4 primary partitions, however, AOMEI Backupper can’t convert primary partition to logic automatically. In this case, you can convert the target MBR disk to GPT with Windows Disk Management or AOMEI Partition Assistant and then restore.

*If you back up multiple disks to an image file, you only select one disk to restore at a time.

*For Disk Backup, you can select single partition from disk image to restore.

By the way, AOMEI Backupper Professional and higher versions support restore backup image to dissimilar hardwares. That is to say, you can restore the disk image of one computer to another computer with the help of this software. For detailed steps on dissimilar hardware restore, please turn to OS migration to dissimilar hardware. This software also allows you to restore system image, partition image and file image. Selective file restore can help restore particular files in the image instead of the entire image.