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Restore System Image from External Drive Easily and Quickly

Just like many users report online, my computer fails, but I want to use the same configurations as previous computer and am tired of reinstalling Windows and programs. Also, I cannot afford data loss. Is there any possible way to achieve this goal?

Yes, absolutely, if you have a working system created before. If not, this task will be a little tricky, and you will be regret why I didn’t create a backup for my computer. 

Necessary to create a system image 

If you have done a deep research online, you may see many example like the above. If you don’t want to be one of them, you need to backup system and store it on a safe place. Speaking of necessity, you need to get why, and what you can benefit from this image.

  • Fix unexpected errors while in use, resulting boot failure, such as, system crash, disk failure, registry error, virus, spilled milk etc. 
  • Avoid reinstalling Windows, programs from scratch, and data loss. A system image will contain operating system, installed programs, and your personal data, and these items are entirely kept after restoration. 
  • The operation is much easy, the same is true for novices. 

Then, you need a simple yet professional backup software like AOMEI Backupper Standard. Continue to see below, get the basic of this software, then backup system and restore the image when your computer in trouble. The entire process is provided.

Trust and reliable backup and restore software

AOMEI Backupper Standard is used by 20+ millions users, coming from worldwide. Please use it with confidence. With the help of it, you can backup system, disk, partition and personal files as you like. And it has an intuitive interface, so the novice can understand the process in a very short time.

In addition, it still has some useful auxiliary features that can benefit you a lot. Now, let’s see specifically. 

  • Daily/weekly/monthly schedule backup: These features can make you backup automatically and continuously. And it will back up the newly installed programs and added files during the two backups.
  • Incremental or differential backup after schedule. Based on the previously created schedule backup, you can create an incremental or differential backup freely. It saves much time for users, because it only backup changed contents.
  • Wake the computer to run scheduled tasks: This feature is very useful, especially when you want to create a schedule backup at midnight or other off-peak hours, and it will wake your computer 2 minutes before the task start.

Backup System for disaster recovery 

To free you from unexpected errors mentioned above, the best way is to create a complete system image first. Then, without further ado, let’s get started.

To backup system image, you need an external drive to store the image, which can be HDDs, SSDs and USB thumb drive. Connect to your computer and ensure it can be detected.

In the first place, download AOMEI Backupper Standard, then install and run it. To backup system, click “Backup” and “System Backup”.

Then, in this window, you will see C drive and other boot related partitions are selected by default, recovery partition or system reserved partition, for example. Click the folder shaped button to select the destination path.

To start your first backup, click “Start Backup”. Next, grab a cup of coffee and wait for the task to complete.

Restore system Image from external hard drive in simple steps

Now, you already have a system backup, and then restore it when you encounter system crash, virus attack, hot water, and more.

Next, follow the tutorial below and see how it works.

At the beginning, create a bootable media with USB drive and swap hard drive in your computer. Connect the drive containing image externally and start your computer from the bootable media. You need to set bootable priority for it.

To start system image restore, click “Restore” and “Select Task” in the loaded window. And the backup image can be detected automatically if the drive is connected. If not, click “Select Image File” as instead.

In the restore window, select system image to restore and click “Next”. 

In the image information window, tick “Restore this system backup” and “Restore system to other location”, then click “Next”.

In the system restore interface, select a partition at the target disk and the first partition is recommended. Because it can guarantee a smooth process and no boot issues.

Last but not least, click “Start Restore”. If your target disk is SSD, tick “SSD Alignment” and it can boost the performance of SSDs.

Please wait patiently! The backup time varies from minutes to hours that entirely depends on the size of backed up system.


It’s wise to create a system image while your computer is still working properly, because the image is a quick and 100% useful solution to all computer issues. When something bad happens, you can use this image to restore your computer to a normal state, just like before. 

If you still don’t have a system or disk image, download this software and start your new journey.

Radhe Gupta
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