[Free] How to Make a Full Backup of Windows 10/8/7

Brithny updated on Aug 27, 2020 to Backup and Recovery | How-to Articles

Overview of Windows 10/8/7 Full Backup

A system backup is a process of backing up the operating system, files, and system-specific useful/essential data. Backup is a process in which the state, files, and data of a computer system are duplicated to be used as a backup or data substitute when the primary system data is corrupted, deleted or lost.

As we all know, Windows 10's newest update is coming out. In order to avoid Windows 10 data loss, we need to make a full backup of  Windows 10. Backups help ensure that your system and files aren't permanently lost or damaged. Follow the two methods below to make a full backup of Windows 10/8/7.

Easy and Free - Use EaseUS Todo Backup to Make a Full Backup

EaseUS Todo Backup Free has more than enough features for personal use. The program can perform system, disk/partition, and file backups either manually or automatically through scheduled backups. You're able to make full, differential and incremental backups. If you want to control over your backups, start downloading the free Windows backup software and make a full backup.

1. Launch EaseUS Windows 10 backup software and then choose the "OS" option to start.

select system backup

2. The software will then automatically recognize your operating system. And what you need to do here is to perfect the Destination, Plan name, and Description.

select a destination to save your backup image


  • Destination - Click the folder icon to modify your backup destination.
  • Plan name and Description - An accurate plan name and appropriate description can help you find the needed image file easily.
  • You'd better create the backup file to an external storage device or in some other drives. If not, there may be a risk of the backup file getting corrupted or destroyed.

3. Click "Proceed" to start Windows 10 system backup.

Tip: It is pretty easy to recover the system image. Just open the software again and click the "Recovery" option of the image, and then you can restore the system. If you need a detailed instruction, please refer to system recovery

Create a System Image of Windows 10 With the Built-in Tool

In this Windows 10 guide, we will also walk you through the steps to create a full backup, including all your settings, apps, and files, using the built-in system image tool. However, the steps are a little bit difficult compared with using a free tool to back up the system. Read on to create a system backup of Windows 10 using the built-in system image tool.

1. Click on Start and click Control Panel then choose Backup and Restore (Windows 7) Window

open control panel to choose Backup and Restore

2. On the left pane, click the Create a system image.

click create a system image

3. Select the location to save the Windows 10 user profile backup and click “Next” to continue. You'd better save the backup on an external storage device so that you can transfer it to other computers.

select the destination to save the full backup of Windows 10

Once you completed these steps, the wizard will proceed to create a full backup of your system, including everything that is stored on the main drive, as well as the system reserved partition.

After the backup is done, you'll be prompted to create a system repair disc to access the recovery options if your computer is unable to boot.

Quick access: You can always create a repair disc by clicking the Create a system repair disc link within the Backup and Restore (Windows 7) settings page.

create a repair disc of Windows 10

How to Restore the System Image Backup of Windows 10

Now that you have the backup of your Windows 10, and a system repair disc, you may also want to know the way to restore the system image of it, just read more to learn the steps:

1. Connect the external drive with the system image backup to your device.

2. Connect the disk that contains the system repair files (or USB bootable drive with the Windows 10 installation files) to your device.

3. Reboot your computer. Press F2 and choose boot from USB

4. On the "Windows Setup" page, click the Next button.

click next button to restore Windows 10 backup

5. Click the Repair your computer link located at the bottom-left corner. Then Click the Troubleshoot option.

6. Click the System Image Recovery option.

click system image recovery

7. Choose the target OS. (In this case, Windows 10.)

choose system image recovery

8. On the "Re-image your computer" page, select the Use the latest available system image option and click Next.

click next to let the restoration of Windows 10 do on

If you're restoring a full backup to a new drive, you can also select the Format and repartition disks option. (Use this option carefully, as it will erase any existing partitions and disks on your computer.) Then click Next.

format or repartition the disc if necessary

9. Click Finish, and click Yes to confirm that the backup will replace the data on the drive.

The Conclusion to the Whole Page

Method 1 is an easy and free method to help you make a full backup of your system. If you want to back up system easily, using a free backup software is indeed easy and fast. Method 2 is a little bit difficult. If you have enough time and patience, the second method is a nice choice.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Why choose EaseUS Todo Backup?

"The easiest way to protect your data and system files."techradar

"EaseUS Todo Backup Free is one of the most popular free data backup applications available. This software offers a myriad of features and is extremely user-friendly. It provides a full system backup, meaning you can back up your entire operating system."TopTenReviews

"EaseUS ToDo Backup Home is a great backup program, well suited to the home and SMB space."PCWorld

What is the difference between Clone and Backup? In what cases should I use Clone?

Clone will copy one disk to another or one partition to another (unallocated space is also supported). Usually, this option is used to upgrade the current disk by creating an identical copy. Backup will generate a .PBD image file containing the selected files or system that can be restored from the .PBD image if needed.

What is the difference between System Backup and Disk Backup?

System Backup will auto-select the system boot related partition(s) as the backup source to make sure the system image can be restored properly. Disk/Partition Backup will allow you to manually select a whole disk or speficy a certain partition as the backup source. You will get the same backup result as System Backup if you manually select the system and boot partitions with the Disk/Partition Backup option.

As a computer newbie, what features should I use to protect my computer?

You can use System Backup to back up the system and boot partitions, use Disk/Partition backup to back up the data partition and add plans to run an automatic backup. If you use the computer frequently or have software that may cause boot failure of the computer, we would suggest you back up the computer every 1 to 2 days. For other situations, you can backup the computer once a week. In addition, you can schedule File Backup to back up the files which are changed frequently.

What kind of storage service should I use to save my backup images?

EaseUS Todo Backup can save backup images to internal disks, external disks, network drives, or free cloud(Google Drive, Dropbox, and OneDrive) and CD/DVD. It is suggested to save the images to the internal/external/network drives to save time as those kinds of disks have a better read-write speed. It is suggested NOT to save the image on the source disk, because once the disk is damaged, all the files on the disk will become unavailable and you will be unable to restore the image.

As a company network administrator, what features should I use to protect our internal computers?

It is recommended that you use the SQL Backup feature to back up your company's SQL server and Exchange Backup feature to back up the Exchange server. In addition, you can execute System Backup to back up the system and boot partitions on every computer and set a plan to execute the backup once a day or twice a week to ensure that the computer can be restored timely when it has boot issues. File Backup feature can be used to back up important user data. If there are a large quantity of computers, you can purchase EaseUS Backup Center to manage the backups on the client computers centrally.

About EaseUS Todo Backup

Be it a file, system, partition, or disk, EaseUS Todo Backup will help you back up or clone the item and provide you with multiple backup plans.