By Ivy / Last update July 27, 2021

About Solid State Drive (SSD)

What’s the SSD? SSD is short for Solid State Drives. The SSD disk has more advantages than the traditional Hard Disk Drive (short for HDD): faster speed of reading and writing, Shock resistance, lower power consumption and no noise. Because of these advantages, the SSD makes you feel so smoothly while the SSD as the boot device, and you will get better performance indeed.

However, you may want to create an image of SSD to make an backup copy just in case the bad things happen or move SSD to larger SSD without reinmstalling. What should you do? Maybe the free SSD imaging software will be the best choice.

Best Free SSD Imaging Software - AOMEI Backupper

AOMEI Backupper Standard is not only the free SSD imaging software but also the free SSD clone software in Windows 10/8.1/8/7/Vista/XP. Not matter what the brands is, Samsung, Kingston, Sandisk, WD, Intel, Toshiba, Adata, etc. It works great.

There are two ways to protect your SSD:

  • Disk Backup to create an image of SSD to another location.

  • Disk Clone to clone SSD to larger SSD or smaller SSD with everything transferred easily.

Please download the best cloning software for SSD first, and give it a try.

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Easily Create SSD Image in Windows 10/8/7

Here listed are details about how to backup SSD with AOMEI Backupper Standard:

1. Launch the best free disk imaging software - AOMEI Backupper, select Backup > Disk backup subsequently.

SSD Disk Backup

2. Click the Add Disk button, tap to select the SSD drive as source disk, and click Add. Modify the Task Name to distinguish the disk backup from others. 

Add Disk

Select Source Disk

3. Select a destination to save the SSD image file. You could choose external hard drive, local disk, USB flash drive, NAS device, or network share as a destination.

Select Backup Destination


✦ Tips:
☃ Click Options to configure the SSD image management, like comment, compress, split, or encrypt (paid) the SSD image backup, enable email or SMS notification, use VSS, sector by sector backup, etc.
☃ Schedule provide automatic way to create SSD image on regular basis, like Daily, Weekly, Monthly, Event triggers, or USB plug in. Please upgrade to AOMEI Backupper Professional or higher to enjoy the last two features.
☃ Scheme is premium feature, which allows you to delete old backup images automatically while the backups over the number you specified before. It’s quite smart to manage hard disk space.

4. Press the Start Backup button to create SSD image in Windows 10/8/7.

Start Image SSD

When the backup is processing, you can click Settings icon at the bottom left corner, tick "Check backup integrity on completion" to ensure your SSD backup image could be restored successfully. 

If necessary, tick "On completion Shut down PC/Restart PC/Hibernate/Sleep". The backup will be completed after 30 minutes or more depending on your data capacity on the SSD disk. Then press "Finish" button when the backup process reaches 100%.

Disk Backup Shutdown

Upgrade HDD to SSD with the Free SSD Clone Software

If you are planing to upgrade hard drive to SSD, and make the SSD as bootable disk, AOMEI Backupper Standard could help you a lot. Because it's still one of the best SSD cloning freeware. The steps listed below:

1. Connect your SSD with your computer, make sure it can be detected by Windows. Launch the SSD cloning software - AOMEI Backupper Standard, choose Disk Clone under Clone tab.

Disk Clone

2. Select the Windows system disk (HDD) as source disk, and hit Next.

Select Source Disk

3. Tap to choose the SSD as the destination disk, and click Next.

Select Destination Disk

4. Check SSD Alignment to optimize for SSD, and press Start Clone to clone HDD to SSD without losing data in Windows 10/8/7.

Start Clone SSD Alignment Checked

Before cloning, there are some optional settings you could customize:
☃ Edit Partitions is especially useful to automatically adjust the partition size and location to fully use the storage on the destination if you’re cloning HDD to larger SSD.
☃ SSD Alignment will speed up overall performance for the SSD, including the lifespan.
☃ Sector By Sector Clone will clone all sectors on the hard drive, and hte destination disk should be larger enough or at least equal to the source disk. If you check this option while cloning disk to larger disk, you will generate an unallocated space, you could merge unallocated space to existing partition or create new one to fully use the storage space.

After the cloing finished:

  • Shut down your computer, replace the hard drive with the SSD, then boot from it;

  • Or restart the computer to boot into BIOS or UEFI BIOS to set up the first boot device is the cloned SSD, then boot from it.

Until now, everything is done.

Summing Up

With the help of free SSD imaging tool - AOMEI Backupper Standard, you could create SSD image easily in Windows 10/8/7. If you want to restore your SSD image file, you can go how to do disk restore. Besides, you could upgrade hard drive to SSD without efforts to get better performance.

Moreover, AOMEI Backupper Professional is capable of creating incremental or differential backup to save more storage space, migrating Windows 10 to SSD, creating a system image for Windows 10/8/7, moving boot partition, and making bootable media etc.

For Windows Server 2003, 2008, 2012, 2016, 2019(including R2), SBS 2003, 2008, 2011, please try AOMEI Backupper Server.