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 a virus or malware and cannot boot normally.

  • Your current hard drive has failed or is showing signs of failing 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 has been lost and you want to recover it.

  • 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 this. Now, let's start to understand how to restore a disk image. First, Download, install and launch this software.

Disk Restore in AOMEI Backupper

1. Ensure the storage device containing the disk backup image is connected to the computer and detected. In the left tab, click Restore and Select the required task. If the image is not detected, click Select Image File to navigate manually to the storage device/folder containing the backup.

    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 to.

    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" and "SSD Alignment".

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


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

*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 the computer and execute the restore operation in "Restart Mode".

*When you restore the disk image from a GPT format disk with 5 (or more) partitions to an MBR format disk, it will prompt you that only 3 partitions can be restored. Because MBR disks only support 4 primary partitions, however, AOMEI Backupper can’t convert primary partitions to logical ones 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 may only select one disk to restore at a time.

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

By the way, AOMEI Backupper Professional and higher versions support restore backup images to dissimilar hardwares. That is to say, you can restore the disk image taken from 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 images, partition images and file images. Selective file restore can help restore particular files in the image instead of the entire image.