How to Create an Image of a Hard Drive in Windows 11/10/8/7

Acquainting how to create an image of a hard drive can greatly help you protect the data security of your hard drive. AOMEI Backupper is the best tool to realize this operation.


By Lily Updated on July 12, 2023

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Why create an image of a hard drive?

Data is the core of both business and general users. Malicious software, natural disasters and hard drive fails can cause data loss. Important files - like your critical work documents and personal photos deserves the best backup solution to protect against those probability of data loss. Knowing how to creating an image of a hard drive can not only protect your data security, but also restore your data easily once your hard drive fails or data loss happens.

To create an image of a hard drive is to create an image-based backup. Image-based backup is a backup process for a computer or virtual machine that creates a copy of the operating system and all the data associated with it, including the system state and program configurations. The backup is saved as a single file that is called an image. In other words, the result of creating an image of a hard drive is a disk image.

Best tool to create a disk image in Windows

How to create an image of a hard drive? The primary thing is that you need to find a hardware independent imaging software for Windows. What is the best tool to create an image of a hard drive?

  • Firstly, the tool should have the ability to create a disk image efficiently.
  • Secondly, it should have the simplest operation when completing the function.
  • Besides that, the intention of using a tool is to save our costs in time, energy and money. So the disk imaging tool needs to be cost-effective.

AOMEI Backupper is the best tool you can choose to create an image of a hard drive. AOMEI Backupper has all-inclusive backup functions which include disk imaging. And its intellectual user interface gives users the best user experience. What means much to most customers may be the price of it. Luckily, AOMEI Backupper is free of charge. So why not choose AOMEI Backupper to create an image of a hard drive?

Stepwise guide to create an image of a hard drive

Now we create an image of the local hard drive of your computer to an external hard drive. Follow the steps below:

Step 1. Download AOMEI Backupper, install it. Plug the external hard drive you used to store the disk image. Launch AOMEI Backupper, click Disk Backup under the Backup option.

Disk Backup

Step 2. Choose the disk (Disk0) you want to backup by clicking Add Disk.

Add Disk

Step 3. Click to choose the external hard drive F:\ as the destination path. You can also backup your hard drive to NAS or USB flash drive, etc.

Select Backup Destination

Step 4. Click Start Backup to begin the backup. After the backup is done, click Finish to close the interface.


  • You can click Schedule Backup to schedule an automatic backup.
  • Click Options, and you can comment your backup, enable email notification, and choose the compression level of a backup, etc.
Lily · Editor
Lily Green joined AOMEI in 2018 and has since become a professional in the areas of data protection and data transfer. She is committed to helping users protect their precious computer data and troubleshoot Windows system errors. She consistently stays vigilant about the latest trends in technology, guaranteeing that the given information aligned with the ongoing advancements in the field.