By Ivy / Last update April 6, 2022

Why Create Ghost Drive in Windows 10?

For any electronic device, it’s a must to create a ghost drive and system recuse media especially for a Windows computer that is used daily. Windows 10 is still the most popular Windows operating system, and the best way to recover Windows 10 in time is using a ghost drive containing an exact copy of your system. If your system is unbootable, a bootable USB is required.  To create a ghost drive in Windows 10, then please follow me.

Considering ghost Windows 10 hard drive or operating system, you may want to use Norton Ghost to create one for Windows 10. However, Norton Ghost 15 is not compatible with Windows 10 and it was discontinued on April 30, 2013. Hence, it’s not recommended to use the Ghost that not supported.

As a matter of fact, you have multiple ways more reliable and efficient to ghost Windows 10 hard drive or operating system, let’s find out.

Create Ghost Drive with Recovery Media Creator

To create a ghost drive in Windows 10, please prepare a at least 16 Gigabytes USB flash drive and connect it to your Windows 10 computer, and then follow the steps to create Windows 10 recovery media:

1. Input create a recovery drive in Windows Search box, and choose Create a recovery drive.

2. When the Microsoft Windows Recovery Media Creator open, ensure Back up system files to the recovery drive option is checked, and click Next button.

Create A Recovery Drive

3. Select the USB flash drive and click Next button.

4. Click Create to ghost Windows 10 operating system and default settings.

All the steps are applied to Windows 8, 8.1, and 7. Meanwhile, it’s better to backup your personal files, installed programs, and other settings, etc. and it’s really useful to restore your system or files in the event of a disaster.

Ghost Windows 10 operating system with Backup and Restore (Windows 7)

Step 1.  Connect the drive you want to store the backup image. Then, go to "Control Panel" and select "Backup and Restore (Windows 7)" to open it. 

Step 2. In the Backup and Restore (Windows 7) window, click "Create a system image" at the left panel. 

Create A System Image

Step 3. Tick "On a hard disk" and select your backup drive from drop-down menu. Then, click "Next".

Select Usb

Step 4. Confirm the backup settings and click "Start Backup" to ghost drive in Windows 10. 

Create Ghost Drive in Windows 10 with AOMEI OneKey Recovery

Except for built-in tool, you still can try the best one key recovery software - AOMEI OneKey Recovery Professional to help you. It will not only create a recovery drive and ghost drive in Windows 10, but also allows you to schedule them in daily, weekly, monthly. Thus, you can alway keep the latest copies of your system. 

In addition, it allows you to add a fast key ("F11" or "A") or boot menu to help you quickly restore Windows 10 system to previous state, without create a rescue media in advanced.

Please download AOMEI OneKey Recovery demo first and have a try! Here is the detailed steps to create ghost drive in Windows 10.

Download DemoWin 10/8.1/8/7/XP
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1. Execute AOMEI OneKey Recovery after installing, please select OneKey System Backup.

Onekey System Backup

2. Choose a way to backup Windows 10 operating system: Backup system to AOMEI OneKey Recovery Partition (Recommended), or Backup system to other location, then click Next >>. (here we choose the first option)

Backup System to AOMEI Onekey Recovery Partition

Tips:
✍ You could click Backup Options to compress or encrypt the Windows 10 system image file and make it safe.
✍ You still can ghost drive in Windows 10 regularly with its Scheduler. You have 3 options, including Daily, Weekly, Monthly.
✍ If you backup system to other location, and you could store the Windows 10 ghost image file to local disk or external hard drive.

3. Choose a partition and click Start Backup >>. Then your Windows 10 system image will be saved to AOMEI OneKey Recovery Partition behind the selected partition.

Select Partition

4. Click Yes if you are told some operations require computer to be rebooted into Windows PE automatically. Then, the operation of ghosting a hard drive in Windows 10 will restart in Windows PE environment.

Reboot Notify

Please wait patiently until the process completes. Restart automatically and you will see the AOMEI Recovery Partition in Disk Management like this:

AOMEI Recovery Partition

Tips:
✍ You will get two partitions on GPT disk: AOMEI (boot partition) and AOMEI Recovery Partition (contains system image file suffix with .adi).
✍ You will get only one AOMEI Recovery Partition on MBR disk.

Besides, you could set up F11 (by default) or A key in the Settings option. It allows you to enter into AOMEI recovery environment during system startup. Also, you can directly add a boot menu by ticking the second option.

Set Recovery Key

It’s very suitable for Dell, HP, Acer, Asus, Lenovo, MSI, etc. that encounter recovery partition missing in Windows 10 situation.

Tips on how  to restore Windows 10 from Ghost Drive: 

1. Press a certain key (F2, F10, F11, F12, ESC, DEL, A, etc.) to enter BIOS, and AOMEI OneKey Recovery will be listed, and select it.

AOMEI Onekey Recovery

Also, you can restart your computer and press the Key F11 or A you set to open AOMEI OneKey Recovery in WinPE.

Press F11 For AOMEI Onekey Recovery

2. After AOMEI OneKey Recovery opens, it will ask you if you need to restore your system. Click Yes and preview the restore settings, and then press Start Restore >> to restore Windows 10 operating system easily.

Yes

If you just want to create a ghost drive in Windows 10 without restoring, you can try AOMEI Backupper to create a disk clone for free without reinstalling everything.

By the way, Apart from the two ways, you could create system image on USB flash drive in Windows 10, ghost Windows 10 hard drive to another external hard drive to keep everything safe.

Wrapping Things Up

Compared with Ghost, Recovery Media Creator, Backup and Restore (Windows 7) and AOMEI OneKey Recovery is more reliable to create ghost drive in Windows 10 computer, and their practicability and compatibility are more powerful, as well as its support team. It’s highly recommanded to backup your Windows operating system now before system failure, and keep all your system files safe. Besides, it’s better to backup your personal files to safe location to protect them all. Backup once and enjoy forever.