By Cherry / Last Updated July 13, 2020

When to create an image of hard drive

What is the image of hard drive? The image of hard drive is an exactly copy of the entire hard drive, which contains the system files and all other data on your hard drive. It is an effect way to keep data in safe and it is needed in case of a disk crash - to recover systems or data from the image of hard drive. If your hard drives crashes and you have backed it up to an image, you only need to buy and install a new internal hard drive, boot from your backup program’s emergency boot disc, and restore the data from the image of hard drive instead of re-installing an operating system. Thus, create an image of hard drive is necessary.

How to create image of hard drive free?

You may know that creating image of hard drive is very important for computer users, but how to create image of hard drive? Should it pay a lot for? The good news is that you can create image of hard drive free. Here we highly recommend you AOMEI Backupper Standard, a free backup software which can help you create hard drive backup image with few simple clicks, and it supports all Windows PC users including Windows XP/Vista/7/8/10.

To create image of hard drive free with AOMEI Backupper Standard, you need prepare for it.

1. Download the freeware and install it on your computer.

2. Prepare an external hard drive that is enough to store all data on your hard drive if you’d like to backup hard drive to an external hard drive. AOMEI Backupper provides you backup to external hard drive, or to another local hard drive, even to the network.

After all preparations, you can launch the program to start the task as the following steps.

Step1. Launch AOMEI Backupper, connect the external hard drive and make sure it can be detected by your computer if you would like to store the backup image on. Click the Backup-> Disk Backup to start.

Disk Backup

Step2. Then, you will get into the page where you can select the disk (Disk0) you want to backup as the source disk by clicking Step1, and select the external hard drive (shown as F:\) as the destination place to store the image of hard drive on by clicking Step2.

Backup Disk

Step3. After choosing the source and destination place, you can set up more for your backups by clicking Backup Options, or you can set up an automatic backup or incremental/differential backup by clicking Schedule. Click Start Backup to launch the progress. After it’s done, click Finish to exit.

Start Backup

With the help of AOMEI Backupper, create image of hard drive free can be achieved easily. It also provides you to restore hard drive from the disk image backup even you want to restore with dissimilar hardware. Besides, AOMEI Backupper has many other utilities, such as system backup, hard drive clone, AOMEI PXE boot tool, etc.