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Why to transfer disk image to a new hard drive?

Each computer has a hard drive installed in it, which is used to store files for the operating system, software programs, and a user’s personal files. Those files are not only indispensable for the computer to function properly but also of great importance for you. However, hard disk errors like hard drive error code 0142, hard disk error 301 happen now and then. How to ensure the safety of the crucial data on the hard drive?

Hard drive image transfer is the answer. After creating a disk image when the drive works fine, you can restore the disk image to another drive to retrieve all your data anytime you need. What’s more, you can transfer disk image by disk clone, creating an exact copy that you can swap in and boot up right away when serious problems occur. To make the image transfer process smooth and easy, you need powerful hard drive image software.

Best hard drive image software you can try

AOMEI Backupper Standard, the best backup software for free, is such a tool you are looking for. To transfer disk image to a new hard drive, you can use the two functions below:

  • Disk Restore: it requires you to backup the original disk and generate an image file first, because you can’t restore something that hasn’t been backed up before.

  • Disk Clone: it copies all data from the source drive to the destination drive directly. You can use the destination drive without the restoration process.

If you transfer disk image to an SSD, the built-in SSD Alignment feature will make the destination drive 4K-aligned automatically, which greatly improves the reading/saving time on the SSD. All Windows PC operating systems including Windows 10/8.1/8/7/Vista/XP are supported. Just download AOMEI Backupper and follow the instructions below to realize hard drive image transfer.

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How to transfer disk image to an SSD easily?

▶ Connect the target SSD to your computer and make sure it is detected.
▶ Backup the original disk in advance if you choose Method 1.
▶ Backup files on the destination SSD if you choose Method 2, because the target drive will be overwritten during the cloning process.

Method 1: Restore the disk image to the SSD

1. Install and run AOMEI Backupper. Click “Home” on the left pane, find the disk backup task, and select “Restore” from the expanded menu.

Home Restore

2. Select “Restore the entire disk”, click on the disk and click “Next”.

Select Entire Disk or Partition

3. Select the SSD as the restoration destination and click “Next”.

Select Destination

4. Tick “SSD Alignment” to improve the performance of the target SSD. Confirm the operation and click “Start Restore”.

SSD Alignment

>> Edit Partitions: you can edit partitions on the destination SSD as per your need.
>> Universal Restore: tick this option if you transfer the disk image to a new computer, thus ensuring the system is bootable after recovery. It is available in AOMEI Backupper Professional and higher editions.

Method 2: Clone the current drive to the SSD

1. Launch SSD cloning freeware - AOMEI Backupper. Click “Clone” on the left pane and select “Disk Clone”.

Disk Clone

2. Select the current disk as the source disk and the SSD as the destination disk successively.

Select Source Disk

3. Tick “SSD Alignment”. Confirm the operation and click “Start Clone”.

Start Clone

>> Sector by sector clone: it will clone every sector on the source drive no matter it is used or not, which will take more time and occupy more storage space.

To sum up

AOMEI Backupper offers you two effective solutions to transfer disk image to a new hard drive. Besides, to protect the operating system or a specific partition, you can perform System Backup or Partition Backup via AOMEI Backupper. If you want to backup files in Windows Server 2019, you may try AOMEI Backupper Server. Go for this tool right now!