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How to Restore Partition or Volume with AOMEI Backupper?

AOMEI Post By AOMEI Updated October 19, 2023

Partition restoration, or partition recovery, is a process used to recover deleted, lost, or damaged partitions. Here are some common scenarios where partition restoration is useful:

  • Accidental partition deletion: When a partition is accidentally deleted, resulting in data loss, partition restoration can help recover the deleted partition and its contents.
  • Partition table corruption: If the partition table becomes corrupted or is affected by a virus attack, it may render the partition information unreadable or inaccessible. Through partition restoration, attempts can be made to repair the partition table and recover the affected partition.
  • Formatting partition errors: When a partition is mistakenly formatted, causing the data on the partition to be erased, partition restoration can attempt to recover the partition and its data.
  • Boot issues: Damaged boot sectors or missing boot records can prevent the operating system from starting up. Partition restoration can be used to fix boot-related issues, allowing the operating system to boot normally.
  • Recovering data from lost partitions: If a partition is damaged or lost but the partition table still exists, partition restoration can help recover data from the lost partition, making it accessible again.



How to Restore Partition/Volume with AOMEI Backupper in Windows 10 step by step

Prerequisites for Partitions/Volumes restore

Before restoration, there are some things you need to know.

AOMEI Backupper partition restore is based on AOMEI Backupper partition backup. You should already have at least one partition image made by AOMEI Backupper (whatever the source partition is, the current crashed one or a partition on another computer). Even if you have several Windows backup points, it won't work. AOMEI Backupper does not recognize partition images made by Windows or other software.

If you haven't created a partition backup with AOMEI Backupper, you can create one based on another working partition. However, after restoration, the partition of the recovered computer will be a copy of the partition you just backed up, not the crashed one. You can choose this method if viable.

Nominally, users should recover using the partition Backup image created on their current failed disk.  If the PC fails to boot or has crashed, you can create a WinPE bootable media using AOMEI Backupper or AOMEI PE Builder on another healthy computer and then boot the crashed PC from the WinPE bootable media to run the partition restore under WinPE.

We strongly recommend that users create a WinPE bootable media once they start to use AOMEI products. Such bootable media should be created and kept in a safe place in order to boot a failed computer. Otherwise, not having the required bootable media might result in not being able to recover your computer at all. 

If you don't have these items, please download AOMEI Backupper and prepare what you need.

Detailed steps about how to restore a partition backup 

  • Restore partitions or volumes under Windows:

1. In the left tab page, select Restore-->Select Task. From the listed backup tasks select one that you want to restore. Click Next to continue.

Select Backup

2. In this page, AOMEI Backupper lists the partitions or volumes contained in this image file. Select a backup point and one of the partitions you want to restore, then click Next to continue.

Select Item

3. Select a destination partition, which can be an existing partition or an unallocated space. Click Next.

Select Destination

4. Now enter the "Operation Summary" page to preview the restore operation to be executed. If you want to adjust partitions, in the left bottom click "Edit Partition". Other options "Sector by sector restore" and "SSD Alignment" are also available.

Preview Restore

5. Click Start Restore and wait for the process to complete, and then click Finish.

For more details with screenshots, see: How to Restore Partition/Volume.

  • Restore partitions or vloumes under WinPE:

If the PC fails to boot or has been crashed, you need to create a WinPE bootable media with AOMEI Backupper and boot your PC into WinPE to run the partitions or volumes restore.

Please follow the steps below:

1. Please create a WinPE bootable media using AOMEI Backupper or AOMEI PE Builder on another healthy computer.

2. Then, insert the bootable media into the failed computer and boot from it. ( You may need to change the boot sequence and Boot Mode in the PC's BIOS (Also referred to as UEFI).

3. When the PC boots up successfully, AOMEI Backupper (already installed on the bootable device) will run automatically allowing you to start the partitions or volumes recovery just as the a process under Windows.

  • If you regularly backup your partition/volume, 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".

  • Please note that partition restoration involves manipulating storage devices and should be performed with caution to avoid further data damage. It is advisable to back up important data before performing partition restoration and to have a good understanding of the applicable procedures and risks. For more complex partition issues, it is recommended to consult professional data recovery service providers for specialized support.


In general, partition restoration holds significant importance for data recovery, system repair, and partition management. It can aid in the recovery of lost data, resolution of system issues, and adjustment of partitions to maintain and manage the proper functioning of computer systems.



Q: You get the message: “Unable to get the backup information because the image file does not exist, or it can’t be accessed...” when you click the Restore or Advanced button on a backup task of Home screen.

A: The problem might be that the task can’t locate the backup files due to unknown reasons. You need to delete the task and then re-import the backup task by browsing the backup files under Tools-->Import/Export Configuration. After that, the task will be listed on the Home screen again.