By AOMEI / Last Updated April 28, 2018


When it comes to system backup, system partition and boot partition should be mentioned first. Windows uses these two partitions when starting. Some people may ask “What are system partition and boot partition?”.

System partition actually is a partition that often called “C Drive”. It contains the boot folder and files related to hardware to tell a computer where to look to start Windows. There’s only one system partition on one computer even you install different versions of Windows.

Boot partition is a partition to store boot files. And it requires relatively smaller space than system partition.

System backup means to back up all the system files, boot files and program files in Windows 10. With the emergence of Windows 7, system partition and boot partition are usually separated. System partition can be accessed easily, but boot partition not. In order that operating system can run normally after the next restoration, both system files and boot files should be backed up.

How to backup Windows 10 system partition with free AOMEI Backupper?

Once, a user told me that his computer crashed. He didn’t know much about computer so he found someone to help him reinstall the operating system. However, it took him more than 3 hours to do the reinstallation and install various applications. He felt crazy about the time-consuming process. In such case, it’s better to do a full backup of the system.

Here are 3 steps that tell you how to backup Windows 10 system partition with AOMEI Backupper. Even if you are a computer rookie, you can do it easily. The method below not only applies to Windows 10, but also Windows 8.1/8/7/XP/Vista.

Note:Before backup, you’d better do a system clean as more applications lead to a bigger image file. When you restore the system, those useless files will be restored, too. And it costs much more time.

First of all, Download AOMEI Backupper Standard, install and run it.

Step 1.To back up system partition in fact is to back up system. Thus, we go to “System Backup” directly.

Choose System Backup

Step 2. You can change the “Task Name” as you like. In this step, system partition -- C Drive has been set by default. Just selecting a destination path (here is E) is ok. Then click “Start Backup”.

System Backup


● The lower left-button “Backup Options” can help you do some advanced settings for the current task.

● The option “Schedule” near “Backup Options” is able to back up data automatically and periodically. Here are five schedules for you to choose: Daily, Weekly, Event Triggers and Real-time Sync. But the last two schedules are not available in Standard Version. If you want to use the two schedules, you can upgrade AOEMI Backupper to Professional Version.

Backup Schedule

Besides, 3 ways are available to perform the scheduled backup: Full, Incremental and Differential Backup.

Schedule Settings Advanced

Step 3. Click “Finish” when operation is completed.

Note: If you choose “Partition Backup” to back up C Drive in step 1, a pop-up window will show you the information like this:


After you click “OK”, the window will automatically goes to the same interface as it in step 2. By the way, this operation will not interrupt your work. You can use your computer to do other things at the same time. The time it costs based on the amount of valid data.