By Delia / Last update September 21, 2016

What does an imaging software do?

A laptop and desktop imaging software is a kind of backup software that is professional in copying the contents of a data storage device then put them to another similar device like external hard drive or CD/DVD, etc in compressed file format. Computer imaging software is most commonly used in case of system or even disk crash.

Why do you need an imaging software?

As said above, the imaging software can be used to make a perfect clone of your hard drive, either for backup or migration purpose. Here comes three main points:

  • Natural disaster. Power outage or improper operations happen without a warning, which may lead to system failure. While if you prepare a backup or clone before, the imaging software also offers the ability to restore an image within a short time.
  • With a professional desktop imaging software, you’ll have the flexibility to move your data to other computers, keeping them protected via encryption.
  • Universal Restore feature in some imaging software is a time-saving choice when you are face multiple computers, even with dissimilar hardware.

Choose an appropriate imaging software

A good imaging software should be the one that not only makes the process easy, but also lets you choose which file/folder/partition/disk you want to clone or mount. Compression, encryption, schedule backup, incremental backups, etc are all considerations which you need to take into account. Incremental backup is important because full disk images occupy a lot of space! According to these, AOMEI Backupper is worth a try. It is a powerful laptop/desktop imaging software which contains all utilities mentioned as well as many other advanced functions for Windows 10/8.1/8/7/XP and Vista.

Image using AOMEI Backupper

Launch AOMEI Backupper. You can view all main features from tab on the left side. Now let’s display a system imaging process via “Backup”.

System Backup.jpg

After you click “System Backup”, the system related files will be selected automatically. You just need to select a destination path and set “Backup options” based on your demands.


Then, click “Start Backup”. Operation runs, which won’t interrupt your current work.


The image file can be used to do restoration at any time, even restore to dissimilar hardware through “Universal Restore”.