Restore System Image From External Hard Drive

Aftab Alam Aftab Alam Updated On - 25 Nov 2019

System Image of your Windows system is the savior that you require in case of windows corruption or data unavailability. It is the exact copy of the Windows environment, which includes Windows operating system, hard drive sector, boot sector, program files, settings, and other data present on those partitions. Whenever there is a problem in the Windows, where you are unable to either open it or the data is corrupt or inactive, then you can use the system image to restore the windows to an active state.
The motive behind creating the system image on an external hard drive is to have a backup, which restores the Windows in its original format. There are many threats like corruption, broken system file, malware attack which make the data inaccessible at Windows. Furthermore, the benefit of saving the Windows image at an external hard drive is that it saves the precious storage space at your internal hard drive.

Create a Windows 10 System Image Backup

To restore the Windows to a healthy state, you need to create and save the system image to an external hard drive. You also should create a system repair disk and the recovery options in case the Windows is unable to boot. Connect the external hard drive with the computer and follow the below steps;

  1. Click the Windows icon and open Settings.
  2. Windows Setting

  3. Go to Update & Security.
  4. check Update & Security

  5. Select the option ‘Backup.
  6. Backup Option

  7. Click the option ‘Go to Backup and Restore (Windows 7).
  8. Go to Backup and Restore

  9. Click ‘Create a system image.’
  10. Got to Create a system image option

  11. There are three locations where you can save the system image – On a hard drive, on one or more DVDs, or on a network location. If you choose an internal hard drive, then you will get a caution message that ‘The drive selected is one the same physical disk that is being backed up. If this disk fails, you will lose your backups.
  12. Create a system image

  13. Use the drop-down to select an external hard drive that you have connected with the computer. Click Next.
  14.  select an external hard drive to Create a system image

  15. Confirm your backup settings and click ‘Start Backup.
  16. Confirm backup settings

Now you have a secure backup of your Windows at the external hard drive, and in the future, if there is a catastrophe and the Windows becomes corrupt, then you can use the system image to restore the Windows.

Let’s check the restore procedure also. Here are the steps;

  1. Connect the external hard drive, which has the backup of your Windows.
  2. Now reboot the computer through repair disc and change the system’s BIOS settings to check that the computer boot from the CD or DVD by clicking the ‘Delete/F2.’
  3. The ‘Windows Setup’ appears. Follow Repair your computer>>troubleshoot>>system image recovery>>Windows 10. Click Next.
  4. Click the option ‘Use the latest available system image’ and click Next.

The restore process brings the Windows back to your computer, and you can access the data easily. But if you had taken the system image a long time back, and there were some important file in the computer which were lost due to corruption, they will not come back after restoring the image because the image may have the copy of only the C drive and the data was saved in the D or any other drive.

If you have lost some data due to Windows corruption and any manual method is not recovering the data, then you should use the Kernel Windows Data Recovery tool, which can recover the data from the physical and logical drives and retrieve the data. This tool is helpful, if you fail to fix and repair bad sectors in Windows. The process to use the software is simple and direct which takes the minimum time for the whole recovery;

  1. Download and install the Kernel for Windows Data Recovery Software. Later run it from the applications menu. The home page shows three recovery options – Quick Scan, Deep Scan, and File Trace. For a simple recovery, choose the Quick Scan.
  2. Kernel for Windows Data Recovery

  3. Select among the Physical Devices or Logical Devices which is corrupt. Do not select the drive where the application is installed. Then click Next.
  4. Select Physical Devices

  5. The tool shows the details of the selected drive. Click Next.
  6. After scanning the drive, then the tool will enlist all the folders and files in the drive and present them in a tree structure. You can browse between files and get a clear preview. Select the data which you want to save and click Recover.
  7. tree structure

  8. Choose the saving location of the file, click OK.
  9. Choose the saving location

  10. After saving the file, the tool will show the message that ‘Files Saved successfully.’
  11. Files Saved successfully

Conclusion

Windows faces several threats almost every time, and the features like system image help to keep the data safe and accessible. But when these features do not work in recovering the data, then you can use the Kernel for Windows Data Recovery tool, and you do not even need a backup file to recover the data. This tool helps you restore files from corrupt drives and also to recover deleted files. The whole drive’s files and folders are recovered to you in no time, and you can save the data at any convenient location.