By AOMEI / Last Updated April 12, 2016

Why backup hard drive on Windows 10?

As you know, there are many known and unknown reasons behind data loss, such as hard drive crash, malware, virus attack, accidental deletion, etc. to ensure the safety of your files, applications, and operating system (OS), you may want to taking a full backup of your hard drive. Windows 10 has many new splendid features users love as well as bugs waited to be fixed. Therefore, creating a full backup of Windows 10 is especially important. If ever a crash happens, you can restore your hard drive back to the state when the backup was taken without the depression of data loss or time consuming of reinstall Windows and programs.

What do you need to backup a hard drive?

You need third party backup software to create disk backup on Windows 10, as Windows built-in backup tool doesn’t have an option for hard drive backup, and it can only backup the partitions formatted with NTFS file system. AOMEI Backupper Standard, free hard drive backup software, allows you to create Windows 10 backup to network drive or any location that can be recognized in File Explorer. It runs smoothly on Windows 10/8.1/8/7XP/Vista and supports many file system including NTFS, FAT32, FAT16, EXT2, EXT3.

You need a backup drive or share folder over network attached storage (NAS) to keep the backup of your hard drive. Although AOMEI Backupper can backup to a critical volume, it’s always recommended to backup to external hard drive.

In order to restore your backup when your computer is unbootable, you need a CD/DVD disc or USB drive to create a bootable media. If you don’t have such removable device, you can create a recovery partition with a boot option at startup, so you can restore your backup without bootable media.

Backup hard drive with free backup software

To backup windows 10 hard drive with AOMEI Backupper only needs a few clicks. Let’s see how it works:

1. Download the freeware. Install and launch it.

2. Select Disk Backup under Backup tab.

Disk Backup

3. Click step 1 to select the hard drive(s) you want to backup.

Select Source

4. Click Step 2 to select a location to save the backup. You can also set a schedule task to run full/incremental/differential backup based on this backup by clicking Schedule.

Start Backup

5. Click Start Backup to begin the process.

That’s how a hard drive backup is done with AOMEI Backupper. To restore disk backup is no more complicated than that. It allows you to perform offline restore via bootable media or AOMEI PXE Boot tool. Rather than backup hard drive windows 10, you can also clone hard drive to SSD with AOMEI Backupper to protect your data. with AOMEI Backupper to protect your data.