For many users, it is fundamental to have a strategic plan for backing up and restoring their computer in event of system failure. AOMEI OneKey Recovery software enables you to create a recovery partition on your operating system which contains a snapshot of your PC at that point in time where you can restore to later if needed. What puts this product above other the usual OEM factory recovery partition is that it works even when the OS cannot boot up! Furthermore, you can configure and setup your recovery partition in a few simple steps. It is supported on most Windows operating systems – XP/Vista/7/8/8.1/10 on both 32-bit and 64-bit versions.
- System Backup
- System Recovery
- Supports to press F11/A key during system startup to enter into recovery environment
First of all, we were really impressed with such a dynamic tool being only ~18mb in size! Download and installation took no time at all.
The interface is open, streamlined and easy to use which is what we notice with all AOMEI products. Considering that this product is free, the developers have kindly left out annoying third party advertisements.
We select OneKey System Backup. In the next page, it provides two options – to backup the system to AOMEI partition recovery or to another location. The latter option is only available on the pro versions and up unfortunately.
We advise that for those users with the paid versions, you can also select the Backup Options and amend the compression level (other than Normal) and enable encryption for the backups.
Now we select which partition we want to apply the factory recovery partition and click Next.
By the way, if you don’t have enough free disk space, you will be prompted by the program who will then advise how much space you need to create the AOMEI recovery partition.
Now, back to the configuration! On the Preview and Confirm page, we are prompted that a new factory partition will be created that contains our system backup. The application clearly shows a before and after snapshot once the process is complete. Looks good with us, so let’s Start Backup!
The backup can take some time so perhaps go perform something you have been putting off… like playing that new adventure game!
Once the recovery partition is created, we click Finish and are back to the homepage. More options have appeared in the cog wheel. Now the options that appear in the Settings dialog box is dependent on the type of system you have.
For a traditional BIOS system, we are able to turn on the boot menu which allows us to enter the AOMEI recovery environment by pressing ‘A’ during start up and even put in a prompt screen that advises us to “Press A for AOMEI OneKey Recovery”. In addition, we can also configure the seconds we want the boot menu to appear. That is really helpful!
For EFI/UEFI based systems, for example, Windows 8/8.1/10. This operating system does not support pressing the A key on startup. You need to select from a menu item instead (similar to below).
Therefore, the Setting options you are presented with are similar to the image below.
Well this was certainly easy to setup!
In terms of the recovery component, we tested this out and are pleased that our computer system was restored to that last check point without a problem.
AOMEI OneKey Recovery has a Resources section that gives clear and detailed run through guides on the product i.e. how to setup a recovery partition (with visuals!), case studies, and FAQs. This is certainly beneficial if you are a little unsure of yourself when it comes to computers! AOMEI, in general, do have a main Support page on their website. You can contact the customer support team for further assistance via phone or email, 24×7.
Should I upgrade?
OneKey Recovery is available free of charge for all users! The standard set of features in the free version is more than enough for a stand alone computer user who needs a simple recovery partition setup.
Although if you decide to upgrade to the other paid versions – Professional, Family, Technician and Customization – many more fantastic features are unlocked. For example, you can store the system backup image to another location instead of just the main disc (if you are low in hard drive space, kudos!) or being able to encrypt and and compress the backup image. They also have a 10% off promotion at the moment!
OneKey Recovery is an excellent and handy tool for all computer users. Its non-complex interface and succint step by step process is ideal and ensures that you set up your factory partition without a problem! From our testing we were able to perform a system image backup and recover our test computers with ease. It is no wonder that there are an abundance of reviews out there that highlight this exceptional software.