By Delia / Last update June 15, 2021

The solid state drive (SSD) is much faster than mechanical hard disk drive (HDD). Nowadays most people get used to installing Windows operating system and frequently-used applications on SSD while keeping data and stuff that are not used on a very regular basis on mechanical hard drive. 

This is a good and reasonable data storage layout which is ideal for computer performance. Performance is very important without a doubt. You may never think system crash or SSD failure will happen to you until it actually does, and you're caught without creating a SSD backup. 

Therefore, safety is more important than performance if your SSD died. In other words, backing up SSD is necessary.

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Where to Backup SSD?

When backing up SSD, you need to decide where to save the backup image of an SSD. Some people backup their SSD drive to DVD or USB stick. Either of them is an ideal location. As mentioned above, most desktop computers have two disks at least - an SSD for OS and applications; a secondary internal mechanical hard drive for data. 

Why not create a partition on the secondary HDD and name it as "Backup" to save SSD backup image. But for most laptops, there is only room for one disk. In such case, you can backup SSD to external hard drive connected with USB cable. 

Or, if your laptop is on a network, you can backup SSD to hard drive in another computer on the same network.

How to Backup SSD to HDD Partition?

Many users think SSD backup is difficult. If I tell you backup is very easy and free to create, will you have one? AOMEI Backupper Standard is a plug-and-play free backup software. This means you just install and it works out-of-box without need to understand any complexities behind backup technology. 

AOMEI Backupper Standard is very easy to use but yet most feature-rich backup software that supports Windows 10, Windows 8.1/8, Windows 7, Vista and XP. Besides backup function, it also supports to clone SSD to larger SSD.

Before you backup SSD to HDD:

  • If there is no partition on HDD especially for storing SSD backup image, you can use free partition manager to create a partition.

  • If you want to backup SSD to external hard drive, please connect it to your computer and make sure it can be recognized by Windows.

  • Download and install free backup software AOMEI Backupper.

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Step 1. Launch AOMEI Backupper. Select "Disk Backup" under "Backup" tab. If there is only one partition (namely C drive) on your SSD, you also can select "System Backup".

Disk Backup

Step 2. You can change "Task Name" as you want. Select the SSD you want to backup and select a HDD partition to save SSD backup image:

Add Disk

Step 3. When the SSD and HDD partition have been selected, you are almost done. But if the files and applications on SSD are increasing or changed regularly, you can create a schedule to backup SSD to HDD automatically by clicking "Schedule". To perform SSD backup to HDD partition, please click "Start Backup".

Start Backup


  • This software also allows you to clone SSD to HDD in Windows 10, 8, 7, XP, and Vista.

  • If you plan to backup SSD on a regular basis, it is suggested to try Scheme of higher versions to help you automatically delete old backups.

If your computer fails to boot someday, you can create a bootable media to restore SSD backup image from HDD. Actually, backing up SSD to HDD partition is just one of the solutions to system crash or SSD failure. Besides, you also can migrate OS from SSD to another SSD, which can be used to replace the died SSD.