What is SSD disk?
To begin, SSD (Solid State Drive) is a storage disk which made by solid state electronic storage chip. Unlike HDD (hard disk drive), SSD has no moving parts, the data are stored on the memory chips(consists of flash chip and Dynamic Random Access Memory(DRAM) chip). So, the data on the SSD can be read and written faster than HDD.
Why need SSD backup image?
SSD backup image is a direct copy of the entire drive but compress into a single file for space conservation. It includes the operating system, system drivers, installed programs, personal data, etc, so you can easily restore the entire image to a separate drive or retrieve individual files from within the image.
For example, with a disk image, you can restore data of previous normal state to a new computer you just buy, you can upgrade your old hard disk to a new one to solve the problem of low running speed, and you can restore missing files due to system crash or other disk problems.
Anyway, an SSD backup image is useful for data protection, and next we’ll show you how to create SSD backup image with AOMEI Backupper.
How to create SSD backup image?
AOMEI Backupper is a powerful backup software with ease-to-use interface, which supports all editions of Windows including Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows7, Windows8, Windows8.1, Windows10 of both 32bit and 64bit. Here, please follow us to create SSD backup image, and more exactly, backup SSD.
Step 1: Download, install and launch free backup software - AOMEI Backup Standard. Select “Disk Backup” under “Backup” tab.
Step 2: Name the backup task, select the disk you need to backup by “Add Disk” and select the destination. (“Options” is optional. “Schedule” can be set to do auto backup daily, weekly and monthly of exact time.) Then click “Start Backup”.
Step 3: Click “Finish” when operation is done.
When there is a need for you to restore an image to SSD, AOMEI Backupper can also be helpful to align partition to optimize for SSD:
There are two alignment possibilities used by Windows:CHS(Cylinder, Head, Sector)alignment and 1MB alignment. And SSD require partition alignment to 4KB boundaries for optimum performance and life, which is fine with 1MB aligned partitions (1MB aligned partitions are also aligned on 4KB boundaries) but not CHS aligned partitions(CHS aligned partition are often aligned on 31.5KB which will degrade SSD performance and life time). Therefore, a software with partition alignment function is needed.
Also, if you want an easier way to create an image of SSD disk, you could consider using another feature of this software (We also call this software SSD cloning freeware.), cloning SSD to new SSD with Disk Clone feature. By using it, as long as you ensure the cloned disk is bootable, you can directly replace the old SSD disk if there are something bad happens.