What Is System Backup?

System Backup is a type of backup aiming at imaging system partitions and other system related partitions (such as system reserved partition and boot partition), including system files, boot files and data on these partitions.

System Backup is different from partition backup and disk backup. Partition Backup is used to back up partitions you select, you can select D:drive, E:drive, F:drive to be backed up,etc; and Disk Backup is to back up all partitions on the specific disk you select,including all data on that disk.

Backup System with AOMEI Backupper

AOMEI Backupper provides a one-click backup system solution. If you need to do a system backup, this option allows you to back up your system drive completely, including system files,boot files, etc.

To back up a system drive:

  1. In the left tab page, select Backup and then select System Backup.

  2. System Backup

  3. You can name the backup using the "Task Name" field to help you distinguish it from other backups and you can see the partitions included as part of the system backup are listed automatically. Select a destination path to save image files to.

  4. System Backup Location
  5. Click Start Backup button and wait for the process to complete.

  6. Start Backup

For more detailed guidance with screenshots, please refer to How to Do a System Backup.

  • As System Backup is a one-click solution, so your system partition and system reserved partition will be selected as backup resource automatically in Step 1. If these partitions are not listed automatically, check whether this system drive is 4096 bytes per sector disk. AOMEI Backupper doesn't support drives with 4096 bytes per sector at present.

  • If your system drive is a dynamic disk, then System Backup in the standard version is not supported.

  • System backup files created by dynamic disks are not supported to recover to dynamic disks. It can be recovered to the original location or a basic disk.

  • You can back up C: drive via Partition Backup but we suggest you back up it via System Backup. If you back up C: drive via Partition Backup, the system may not boot after doing the restore.

  • Generally, System Backup backs up “system” partition, “boot” partition (C: drive) and recovery partition but it won't back up OEM recovery partition.

  • For encrypted system partitions, Backupper uses the sector by sector method to backup the system by default.

  • Backupper supports backing up windows systems only.

  • To customize the advanced configuration for the current backup task, please see Backup Options, Schedule Backup and Backup Scheme.