By AOMEI / Last Updated July 1, 2016


When restoring your computer from a system image backup, you may across various questions in the process. Now we choose one users’ most common problem they met as the example.

“The system image restored failed. No disk that can be used for recovering the system disk can be found.” This error message offered several possible solutions, suggesting that the external hard drive may have been seen ahead of the destination drive or that is a problem with the system image.


After several hours or troubleshooting and recreating backup images, it was discovered that the Windows 7 system image was remembering the partition size of the source disk. The restore-to-drive must equal or exceed capacity of the original drive partition used to create a Windows 7 system image, and the partition can always be expanded.

General solution

We found the reason of system image restore failed, now we need to seek effective solutions. The main problem of the system image restore failure is that the destination drive does not have equal or exceed volume of the original drive partition. So the thing we need to do is expanding the volume of destination drive.

The common solution to expand volume is using Windows Disk Manager. To open Windows Disk Manager, either right-click on the My Computer icon and choose Manage, or click the Start button → Control Panel → System and Security → Administrative Tools and then select Computer Management. Click Disk Management and then choose the current volume, then right-click and choose the Extend Volume.


You may find it is complex for you to extend volume, and then restore your system image again. AOMEI Backupper solve your problem easily. It supports you creating Windows system image restore to smaller drive. So you do not to worry about the capacity of your destination drive.

Advanced solution

AOMEI Backupper is an outstanding restore software which can perfectly complete the Windows 7 system image restore function. You do not need to pay too much time and energy. And what delights you may be the price of it. You can use it to restore your computer without paying for it. So choosing AOMEI Backupper to restore your system is the most wisest choice.

Here we suppose that we have already backup C drive to external hard drive. And in case of you can boot into your computer, we suppose that a system repair disc has been created using AOMEI PXE Boot Tool if your computer can not boot. Now let me show you the detail of Windows 7 system image restore.

Step1. Download AOMEI Backupper, install it. Plug the external hard drive which used to store the system image backup. Launch AOMEI Backupper, click the Restore on the left of the main interface. And check the System Restore box.

System Restore

Step2. Click the Path to select the system image file.


Step3. The program will pop up a prompt which says “The program detects the selected backup is a system image, would you like to do a system restore?”. ClickYes to continue the process.


Step4. You will see an Operation Summary which indicates the operations that will be executed. Click Start Restore to begin the process. Click Finish after the restore is done.



● You can backup C drive to external hard drive with the backup function of AOMEI Backupper.

● Using AOMEI PXE Boot Tool, you can make the system bootable.