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Running backup tasks in AOMEI Backupper Standard

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This page explains how to run backup tasks which have been set up in AOMEI Backupper on your PC.

The page does not explain how to set up the task, or how to restore data. If you need help with those tasks, please contact me directly.

Two backup scenarios

1. Disk/System backups

AOMEI Backupper can copy your entire hard drive onto a so-called “image file” on your backup drive. This allows your computer to be restored in its entirety (Windows system, application software, user data and settings) this in one fell swoop if required.

While a system backup ensures that both your software and your data are safe, it takes long (usually a few hours) to complete and uses up a lot of space on your backup drive, which makes such backups less suitable for regular use. I recommend doing a system backup at least once but if possible, you should refresh the disc backup from time to time, especially if you are upgrading the software on your computer.

NB: Disk backup and System backup are slightly different options, but the difference does not concern us here.

2. Data backup

A data backup, which in AOMEI Backupper is called File Backup, copies a specified set of files (typically the user’s “profile” folder which contains all the user’s data). Since the user’s data often constitutes only a fraction of what’s on the computer (the majority of space is actually taken up by the software), this backup can be much smaller and quicker than a system backup. Furthermore, since most of the data does not change much over time, it is sufficient to run a full backup once, and then follow it up with a differential or incremental backup periodically.


The full backup is simply a copy of all the files. A differential backup copies only the files which have changed since the last full backup, and an incremental backup copies only the files which have changed since the last backup. In most cases I recommend running the Differential backup. It’s quick enough and has a number of advantages over incremental backups.

Now that we know what we want to do, let us discuss how to do it!

Running the Data backup task

  • Connect your backup drive to the computer and make sure it appears in File Explorer. The screenshot below shows my backup drive (“BigWhite”) in File Explorer
File Explorer


  • Start up AOMEI Backupper Standard. You may be asked to confirm you want to run it (see screenshot). If so, click [Yes].
User Account Control window


  • You should be presented with a window similar to this:
Backupper "Backup" window


  • Click on the File Backup “tile”, then click [Backup] and in the resulting menu choose “Differential Backup”.
  • Wait for the backup to complete. In most cases, this will take only a few minutes. When it is done, click on [Finish].
the "Finish" button
  • Quit AOMEI Backupper by clicking the X in the top-right corner.
The "Quit" icon in the corner

  • Eject your backup drive and store it somewhere safe away from the computer.
Eject USB drive

Running the Disk or System backup task

Running the Disk/System backup task is very similar to the above, but there are a couple of critical differences!
  • Connect your backup drive to the computer and make sure it appears in File Explorer. The screenshot below shows my backup drive (“BigWhite”) in File Explorer

  • Start up AOMEI Backupper Standard. You may be asked to confirm you want to run it (see screenshot). If so, click [Yes].
  • You should be presented with a window similar to this:
Run full system backup

  • Click the Disk Backup “tile” (or “System Backup” if that’s what is set up on your computer. Now click the [Backup] button and, choose “Full Backup” from the menu.

  • Wait for the backup to complete. In most cases, this will take several hours. Press [Finish].
  • Quit AOMEI Backupper by clicking the X in the top-right corner.
  • Eject your backup drive and store it somewhere safe away from the computer.

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