Why Use AOMEI Backupper File Restore?

You may need to recover files or folders if your original files/folders are lost or damaged. With the help of AOMEI Backupper, you can use the File Restore feature to recover them to the original state at the time you backed them up into an image file.

How to Restore Files or Folders with AOMEI Backupper

Here are the detailed steps about how to restore the files and folders:

  • Restore files and folders under Windows:

1. In the left tab, select Restore and then click Select Task. If the image file is not recognized, you can click Select Image File.

Select Task

2. Select the file backup item that you want to restore from the list box, then click Next to continue.

Select Image

3. Choose the backup image version according to the backup time point, select files or folders you want to restore, and click Next.

Select Version And Folders

4. Select a destination path to save the files. You can choose whether to  "Restore to original location" or "Restore to a new location". You may also tick "Replace existing files" to overwrite existing files with the same name. Click Start Restore to execute this task.

Restore to Original Location

For a more detailed guide with screenshots, see: How to Do Files and Folders Restore.

  • Restore files and folders under WinPE:

If your system is unable to boot or you have to restore files under WinPE in some cases, you can also create a WinPE bootable media with AOMEI Backupper and boot your PC into WinPE to run file restore. 

Create Bootable USB

Restore files and folders from other backup solutions:

If you don't have a file backup, you can choose to restore files from system backup, disk backup or partition backup. You need to upgrade to professional version first. 

In the main page of AOMEI Backupper, click "Tools" > "Explore Image". Then, select backup image and point you want to restore files from, assign a drive letter for it and click "Next". 


After that, you still need to open the created virtual partition(s), copy files you want to restore and past to another location.


  • Some files may be in use by other programs, and cannot be overwritten. In this case AOMEI Backupper will pop-up a prompt window. You just need to follow the prompts. You could consider restoring to a new location to solve the problem.

  • When backing up files, AOMEI Backupper automatically backs up the NTFS permissions. This feature is mainly used to restore a file to the NTFS file system. You can check the "Restore NTFS Permissions" option in order to make it easier to set file permissions during the restore process.

  • When a restore is performed, the “Restore only files” option can be checked. In this case, the program will only restore those selected files not included in the original path.