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Restoring an Image Using EaseUS Todo

How to use the safety net of your image backup.

Once you have an image backup and an emergency disk, here's how you restore that image to your computer.
EaseUS Todo Browse to Recover option.

In previous articles, I covered how to use the free version of EaseUS Todo to make a system image backup and emergency disk.

Now it’s time to use that emergency disk; perhaps your hard disk died and you want to restore your backup to a replacement drive, or maybe you’ve run afoul of malware. Let’s restore a backup image to your machine.

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Restoring a backup image using EaseUS Todo

  • Boot from an EaseUS Emergency Disk.
  • Browse for the backup image you want to restore — typically on an external hard disk.
  • Confirm that you want to overwrite everything currently on your hard drive.
  • Restore.

What an image restore means

It’s important to realize what restoring an image means: it replaces everything on the disk with the contents of the backup image.

If you took an image backup on Monday and now it’s Wednesday, restoring Monday’s image backup will overwrite everything on the hard disk, and your machine will be as it was at the time of that Monday backup. Everything you did on your computer on Tuesday and Wednesday would be lost.

If you’re restoring because of a malware infection, then that’s exactly what we want: to restore the computer to its state before the malware arrived. On the other hand, if you don’t want to lose important work you did on Tuesday and Wednesday, you need to save that work before the restoration. You could copy the new files elsewhere or create a new image backup.

Of course, if you’re restoring because of a hard drive failure, you may not have a choice. You’ll simply restore the most recent image you have to the replacement drive.

I’ll call it Step Zero: before performing the restore, save any data that hasn’t been backed up if you can.

Step one: boot from the emergency disk

Exactly how to boot from an emergency disk varies from machine to machine. Check the instructions for your specific computer to learn how to boot from the CD/DVD or USB emergency disk you created earlier.

In some cases, it’s a simple choice at boot time.

Press any key to boot from...
Press any key to boot from… (Screenshot:

In other cases, most notably newer machines with UEFI and Secure Boot, the process can be more complex.

Locate the image

Booting from the emergency disk automatically runs EaseUS Todo. On its opening screen, click on Browse to Recover to begin the restoration process. (See the image at the top of this page.)

First, you need to indicate where your backup image is stored.

Selecting backup location.
Selecting the location of the backup you want to restore. (Screenshot:

Todo supports several options. In these examples, we’ve been storing our images on external drives, so click on Local Drive. This will open a file-selection dialog.

Selecting the backup image to restore.
Selecting the backup image to restore. (Screenshot:

In the example above, to locate the backup image to restore (a “.pdb” file), I’ve clicked on the “>” to expand each of:

  • Computer
  • FauxUSB (E:)
  • My Backups
  • Disk 0

The filename Disk 0_20231009_Ful_v1.pdb indicates its contents:

  • Disk 0 – the primary disk on the machine.
  • 20231009 – the date the backup was created.
  • Full – This image contains a full (as opposed to incremental) image.

Select the .pdb file and click on OK.

This will open the dialog to select the location you want to restore the image to.

Selecting the restore destination.
Selecting the restore destination. Click for larger image. (Screenshot:

If you have multiple disks, as I do, make sure to select the correct disk. Typically, you’ve backed up the drive containing the C: drive, so restore to the drive showing C:.

Click on Next to begin the restore.

Remember, the restore will overwrite everything currently on your hard drive. EaseUS reminds you of that before continuing.

Overwrite warning.
Overwrite warning. (Screenshot:

Click Yes. A summary of what’s about to transpire is displayed.

Summary of restore configuration. Click for larger image. (Screenshot:

Click Proceed, and the restore begins.

Restore complete

Like the backup, how long the restore takes depends on how fast your drives are, how fast your computer is, and how much data there is to be restored. Progress will be displayed along the way.

Eventually, it finishes.

Close EaseUS Todo by clicking on the “x” in its upper-right corner.

Your machine will reboot. Take care to remove the emergency disk or to select your computer’s system disk from which to book. Again, how to do this depends on your computer.

When the boot completes, you can breathe a sigh of relief as familiar screens appear.

Windows Login

Remember, however: this is Windows as it was when you took the backup image.

You’ve successfully restored your backup image.

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29 comments on “Restoring an Image Using EaseUS Todo”

  1. I think it’s worth mentioning that in Step #1 of this article, the user needs to boot from the emergency disk – EVEN IF your PC has absolutely no problem booting. This was a point of confusion for me as I had been using Acronis TrueImage to create image backups before switching to Macrium Reflect. With Acronis, I never had to use an emergency/rescue/repair disk to restore an image backup, which is much simpler because you don’t have to mess with the boot order in the BIOS and you don’t have to deal with another disk. So when Leo instructed the readers to first boot from an emergency disk in his Macrium book (and in this article for EaseUS Todo), I mistakenly thought that instruction applied to only those users whose PC will not boot. That mistake led to an “Unable to lock drive” error that prevented me from restoring an image backup with Macrium. Fortunately, after some research, I figured out my mistake and even found a way to restore an image backup without using an emergency disk in Macrium.

    • I think what you experienced is due to something specific to your system. It’s possible that whatever caused you to need to restore also caused the restore from the current Windows session to fail. I’ve restored from backups while logged into Windows running from my C: drive. Normally, if you can run your backup program within Windows, you can restore from it. If it fails, then you would need to boot from the rescue media.

  2. The article states “Unless you know otherwise, you generally want the most recent backup image”. If you do know otherwise, for example, your computer got a virus yesterday before it was backed up, the date of the backup is included in the backup’s file name. So choose the backup file with the day before yesterday’s date. Just keep in mind, if you have your backups scheduled to run after midnight, the day before yesterday’s backup will have yesterday’s date.

    • The concern I have is how can I be relatively certain as to when I actually became infected with a virus. If my anti-malware scan on Day 5 was clean, but my scan on Day 7 showed an infection, how certain can I be that the infection didn’t occur BEFORE Day 5? Are the effects of an infection usually immediate? To be on the safe side, I usually pick an image backup that was created at least several weeks before the possible infection. (My data files are backed up again before I restore the image backup.)

      • If you restore and find out that your computer is still infected, you can go back another day or two when you discover it. On the other hand, going back more days than necessary isn’t bad either as you can still get more recent data from the infected image as the malware wouldn’t generally harm the user data.

  3. I’ve been playing around with EaseUS ToDo Backup Free this morning. I would love to be able to have the ability to put all-I-need onto one USB drive. a.k.a. – a bootable USB that includes any restore program AND the Image(s).
    I tried making an EaseUS ToDo Emergency Disk and then just copying the previously made Image to that USB, but It said there wasn’t enough space on the huge USB drive that ToDo formatted?!?!?!

    Why dedicate 2 of my 32G USB sticks (1=Emergency Disk & 2=the Image) when 1 USB stick has more than enough space?!?!?!?

    Does such a beast exist?

    • I’m not aware of a way to do what you’re looking for. I agree it would be nice, but. (OK, you MIGHT be able to: make the emergency disk, use a partition manager to expand the partition to take up the entire drive, and then have room. But that seems like a lot of extra effort when thumbdrives are cheap and easy to come by.)

    • A USB flash drive large enough to hold a system image backup plus the PE operating system would probably cost more than a flash drive and an external HDD combined. Additionally, flash memory is less reliable than an HDD and high a higher chance of damaged sectors.

  4. after pressing Proceed you state:
    “Remember I said the restore would overwrite everything currently on your hard drive?”
    Just to be sure this really means “partition” not hard drive, correct ?

    • That depends on how you backed up. If you performed a partition backup, it would restore only that partition. If you backed up the entire physical drive, the backup method we recommend, it would overwrite the entire drive.

    • That depends on what you’re restoring. If you’re restoring only a partition, then only a partition. If you’re restoring the entire hard drive, then the entire hard drive is overwritten. As Mark points out this is sometimes a characteristic of what you backed up in the first place, but it can also be a choice you make at restore time.

  5. I am using EaseUS Todo Backup 2022. I made a full image backup on July 1st. Every day since then I have made an incremental backup. Now I have a problem restoring my SSD. I want to recover using the full image from July 1st and include all incrementals up to and including July 25th. I can find no way of doing that. When I select the incremental for July 25th, it recovers but won’t boot because of missing boot image from the full backup. When I recover selecting the July 1st full backup my computer will boot up fine but it’s missing all the incrementals. How can I restore everything up to and including July 25th incremental?

    • Easus should restore everything necessary that it has if you select “restore the 25th”. Meaning it should apply the full, and all the intervening incrementals.

      Missing boot image makes me wonder if you actually backed up the entire disk (all partitions), or just the C: partition?

      • One time I had a backup of my C: drive and I neglected some of the other system partitions. To get it working, I installed Windows from the installation disc. I then ran the recovery for the c: drive and my system worked perfectly. After that, I always specified “Create an image of the partition(s) required to backup and restore Windows”.

      • Based on your suggestions I always backup the entire disk (all partitions). I have been following your advice for years about backing up the entire disk. As you suggested I do a full backup at the beginning of each month and incremental every day after the first. I have spent last night and all day today trying in vain to restore my new Windows 11 pro desktop. It was running great. I got confused trying to install perl (no problem here) and SpaceVim IDE. I finally decided to reload with my easeus todo backups. It’s been downhill ever since. I think I’ll try Mark’s suggestion.

  6. SOLVED: Well partially. I could not restore using the latest (July 25th) incremental, so I started trying to restore with each incremental going backward until I reached July 14th. Using that incremental I was able to restore everything, and my Windows 11 Pro functioned normally once again. It took a long time trying each incremental, but I was happy to have my computer back. After successfully using my computer for a day or so I decided to do a “Check Image” using the July 25th incremental. The check image took 24 hours to complete and then it reported that I had a good image (no errors found). Now I am wondering if I can trust Easeus ToDo backups in the future. Your thoughts would be appreciated. As of today my Windows 11 Pro is still functioning wonderfully.

  7. I did a backup that covered two physical drives. When I restored using the image, C: drive restored perfectly (on the first physical drive); the second image finished loading and then asked if it should be bootable. This is where the problems started. I said “No” because I didn’t want to boot from the second physical hard drive. When I rebooted the computer, I had “No bootable media”. Everything gone. This is confusing. Can you shed some light on what’s happening here?

  8. Hey Leo,

    I just stopped using Easeus ToDo because of information that appeared when creating the emergency boot disc. It seems unless one purchases this software, the free version of this platform will not allow one to image the OS from the boot drive. At least that’s the impression I got reading the info that popped up just as I was about to create this disc.

    I have switched to another program and it does not impose this limitation with its FREE version. Also, the new platform I switched to, its footprint on my internal drive is a lot smaller than that of Easeus ToDo.

  9. Hey Leo,
    I would like an answer to T. Kirshbaum’s impression too. I have the same concern: Does EaseUS Todo copy the operating system on the boot drive it creates? Here’s the popup I got:
    (Oops. I guess I can’t copy the Snip & Sketch image to this reply.)
    Anyway, it said: “WinPE created with Free version does not support Clone or System Transfer. Upgrade now to enjoy all the features.”
    Now, I admit I’m not savvy with computer terms so I don’t know what they mean by System Transfer. I would think I need the system files to “boot” but maybe not. And if not, does it mean it won’t restore Windows?

    Pressing on anyway, I created the emergency disk on a thumb drive and, after EaseUS Todo formatted my drive, got this message: “WinPE ISO has been successfully exported.”

    I figured that was good but when I went to check the drive to see what was on it, I got this popup from Windows as soon as I inserted it: “There’s a problem with this drive. Scan the drive now and fix it.”

    Well, I tried again, tried another thumb drive, tried that again, and always with the same Windows popup. So I figured it was a quirk and went ahead and shut my system down and tried to boot from the thumb drives. They both worked.

    So, what gives? Can I trust these things to work when I need them to? Apparently but I’m not sure. Error messages are disconcerting and I don’t have the knowledge to give me confidence. And what is meant by no support for “Clone or System Transfer?” If my hard drive needs to be replaced can I use EaseUS Todo’s backup ISO on my external drive to restore my computer completely?
    A little “Confident Computing” is what I’m looking for I guess.

    • First, you should simply test being able to boot from the rescue disk you’ve created. (You should be able to, but it’s very wise to test.)

      Short version is that as long as you can boot from it, then you can restore images created by the free version. The messages relate to advanced features in the paid edition.

    • I’ve gotten that “There’s a problem with this drive. Scan the drive now and fix it.” message often and it’s always been a false positive. Apparently, it’s found a harmless discrepancy in the file tables. You should probably run chkdsk.exe to be sure, although I never bother.
      System Transfer means to install the system on a different machine.

  10. Thanks as always for the great article. I have created a backup image and have made my recovery disc, and now I suppose I should test the recovery disc. My question is, is it possible to do this without actually rewriting the hard drive? My system is running fine and I don’t want to mess anything up.

  11. Thanks for the great videos. My question regards the following: My PC has one USB drive and a cd/dvd drive. My backup image is on an external hard drive with USB connection. So, I am assuming I need to create the emergency disk using the CD/DVD drive so I can boot the PC and run EaseUS so I can use the USB drive to access the external drive? I assume the emergency disk does not copy the files necessary to run EaseUS, etc. to allow the disk to be removed.Thanks.

    • Im not sure if the rescue disc program will run if you remove the USB flash drive. Since you have a DVD burner, you can burn a rescue CD or DVD, or get an inexpensive USB hub to attach more USB devices.
      You can boot from a USB drive and remove it and see what happens.

    • I BELIEVE you can remove the Emergency disk after you’ve booted. As Mark said, you can burn a CD/DVD. You might also be able to get a USB hub to allow you to plug in both the rescue USB and external drive at the same time.


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