By Delia / Last update December 13, 2021

What is a backup image

Image-based backup is a backup process for a computer or virtual machine that creates a copy of the operating system and all the data associated with it, including the system state and application configurations. The backup is saved as a single file that is called an image.

The strengths to image-based backup is that all of the information can be collected in a single pass, providing an updated bare metal restore capability with each file-based backup.

Why create a backup image of your hard drive

●Every hard drive would fail at some point. It is not a question of “if” but rather “when”. With critical photos, costly music collections and sensitive financial information stored in your hard drive, they are at stake if you do not backup your hard drive. The loss of this irreplaceable data could be devastating.

●By simply coping and pasting, you could not save your changes quickly and restore it to your another new hard drive efficiently. So creating a backup image of your hard drive enables you restore your data to another hard drive in a high efficiency.

How to create a backup image of your hard drive?

In order to create a backup image of your hard drive successfully, you need choose the best tool to complete this. How to choose a perfect tool for creating backup image of hard drive? There are some factors you need take into account. Firstly, the tool should have powerful backup services. Secondly, it is more popular among customers that the tool is easy to use. Besides that, the best tool should not charge too much, its price should be acceptable and cost-effective for most users. AOMEI Backupper is a backup software which has all-inclusive backup services. And it is easy to operate even for a new comer. What’s more, you can use it to create a backup image of your hard drive without paying for it. So AOMEI Backupper is the best tool for your backup which can save your time and energy.

Then I will show you how to create a backup image of your hard drive. And we take another hard drive as the destination, for instance.

Step1. Download AOMEI Backupper, install it. Here we backup local hard drive to an external hard drive. Plug the external hard drive into your computer using an available USB port. Launch AOMEI Backupper, click Disk Backup under the Backup option.

Disk Backup

Step2. Input a Task Name for your backup task to distinguish from the others. Click the “Step1” to select the disk you want to backup.

Select Disk

Step3. Click “Step2” to add your external hard drive “E:\” as the destination path.

Select Location

Step4. Click Start Backup to start the process. And click Finish when all the backup is done.


■You need to make a distinction between your hard drive which need to be backed up and the one you use to store the backup image.

■If you want save the changes in your hard drive, just create an scheduled backup.