Windows 10 Backup 0 Bytes? Get Clear Ideas Here!

Are you confused with Windows 10 backup 0 bytes problem? Get clear ideas from this article.


By Lily Updated on August 1, 2023

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Windows 10 backup shows 0 bytes

It has been several years since Microsoft officially released Windows 10. With the constant efforts of Microsoft, Windows 10 has been optimized gradually. Therefore, more and more computer users give up old operating system and upgrade to Windows 10.

During the daily usage of our computers, we should develop a habit of making backups to prevent data loss. Windows 10 provides users with built-in backup and restore tools—Backup and Restore (Windows 7) and File History. Powerful as the tools are, some users are confronted with Windows Image Backup shows 0 bytes or Windows 10 File History shows size of backup 0 bytes. 

Backup 0 Bytes

This problem is mainly caused by two possible reasons, namely incomplete system files and bad sectors. You can easily resolve this problem with 2 effective ways in the following. Also, you can use another backup software to protect your system or data with more helpful features.

How to fix Windows 10 backup 0 bytes effectively 

When you find Windows Image Backup shows 0 bytes or File History backup shows 0 bytes, try the following solutions according to your situation. 

Repair Windows 10 backup 0 bytes with system file checker 

If your problem is caused by incomplete system files, you can fix it as described below:

1. Hit Windows Key + X on your keyboard, and select Command Prompt (Admin) from the menu.

2. Type sfc /scannow (note the space between “sfc” and “/”) to verify and repair the OS and press Enter.

3. Type exit and press Enter to exit Command Prompt.


When the scanning process is finished, you may get following messages:
• Windows Resource Protection found corrupt files and repaired them.
• Windows Resource Protection did not find any integrity violations.

The problem of finding the size of backup 0 bytes in Windows 10 can be solved if you get message 1. However, for message 2, check second cause.

Repair Windows 10 backup shows 0 bytes with chkdsk

If there are bad sectors on system disk, it will lead to Windows 10 improper backup at target location. Fix the issue following steps below:

1. Hit Windows Key + X on your keyboard, and select Command Prompt (Admin) from the menu.

2. Type chkdsk c: /f /r /x (note the space before each slash) and press Enter.

3. For the target drive is a boot disk, the system will ask you if you’d like to run the command before the next boot. Type y and press Enter.

4. Type exit and press Enter to exit Command Prompt.

5. Restart the computer and the chkdsk command will run before the operating system loads.


• The meaning of the parameters used: “/f” tells chkdsk to fix any errors it finds; “/r” tells it to locate the bad sectors on the drive and recover readable information; “/x” forces the drive to dismount before the process starts.
• Not all bad sectors can be recovered with “/r”, so it’s necessary for you to build schedule backups.

How to backup Windows 10 and ensure data integrity 

AOMEI Backupper Professional is complete, reliable and fast backup software for Windows 11/10/8/7, which can help you backup Windows and ensure data integrity. It offers System/Disk/Partition/File Backup to meet your different needs. And you can check backup integrity on completion with this software to ensure your backup is valid. Below are some advantages of it:

★ It provides the "Schedule Backup" feature to help you backup Windows 10 automatically and avoid data loss due to forgetting backup. 
★ It backs up only changed files since last backup, thereby saving much backup time and disk space.
★ You are allowed to backup to various destinations, such as backup Windows 10 to NAS, USB drive, external hard drive, and CD/DVD, etc.

Now I’ll show you how to backup Windows 10 OS within several steps. Before start, please download the free trial of AOMEI Backupper Professional and install it. For server users, try AOMEI Backupper Server.

Download Free Trial Win 11/10/8.1/8/7/XP
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(PS: The free trial version only works within 30 days. To protect your system and data continuously, please upgrade pro trial.)

Step 1. Connect the external storage to your computer if you want to backup Windows 10 to an external drive.

Step 2. Launch AOMEI Backupper. Click on “Backup” and select “System Backup”.

System Backup

Step 3. The required system partition(s) is (are) selected by default. Choose the destination path to store the backup image.

Select Backup Destination

Step 4. Confirm the operation and click “Start Backup” to backup Windows 10 immediately.

Start Backup

♬ Useful settings:
>> Options
: you can enable email notification, encrypt or compress your backups here.
>> Schedule Backup: you can set up automatic backups based on various modes, including daily, weekly, monthly, event triggers, and USB plug in.
>> Backup Scheme: it will backup only changed files with incremental backup by default. Also, you can use full or differential backup. Besides, it is able to delete old image files automatically to free up more disk space for you.

Step 5. When the system backup is in progress, you can click the settings icon in the left bottom and tick "Check backup integrity on completion" to make sure the system backup image is valid for restore. You can also choose "Shut down PC/Restart PC/Hibernate/Sleep" on completion.

On Completion Settings

💜 Backup/Restore OS without loading Windows

If you want to backup or restore Windows 10 without booting into Windows system, you can choose to create bootable USB or recovery environment on the current computer. The latter is to add boot menu on the current computer directly, without requiring any device.

Recovery Environment

💜 Easier way to create backups for protection

Besides AOMEI Backupper, you still can use one key recovery software AOMEI OneKey Recovery to backup system and it's easier. It supports to save the system image on a custom recovery partition. When your computer is not working, you can use a specific key to quickly restore system from boot.

OKR Backup


Now you know what to do when you find Windows 10 backup shows 0 bytes—you may fix incomplete system files and bad sectors to solve the problem, or use AOMEI Backupper Professional as an alternative. Besides the backup & restore feature, you can use AOMEI Backupper to do disk clone and system clone. Why not try it now?

Lily · Editor
Lily Green joined AOMEI in 2018 and has since become a professional in the areas of data protection and data transfer. She is committed to helping users protect their precious computer data and troubleshoot Windows system errors. She consistently stays vigilant about the latest trends in technology, guaranteeing that the given information aligned with the ongoing advancements in the field.