By Delia / Last update September 23, 2021

Why need to create disk image?

As we all know that some data in Windows 10, such as your accounts, bookmarks, and preferences, are not saved as a file, so it is not enough to just create a copy of all your files and folders. If you want to be able to restore your system, settings besides files/folders, you can create a disk image in Windows 10, which will backup your entire disk including OS, accounts, bookmarks, and preferences, etc.

Provided that you have more than one OS installed on your hard disk, it is also a good choice to create one backup image for all your systems with disk backup. If you backup your hard disk offsite (away from the original place), you can restore everything back to the point of time when the backup was made in the event of computer failure.

Since creating a disk image is useful, is there any free disk imaging software for Windows 10 that can help with disk image backup?

Freeware to create disk image in Windows 10

In Windows 10, there are built-in tools to create image file, but none of them can actually create image from a full disk. Fortunately, AOMEI Backupper Standard, the best free Windows 10 disk imaging software, can image hard disk in Windows 10 including hidden partitions effortlessly. AOMEI Backupper supports:

✔ Many file systems: NTFS, FAT32, FAT16, EXT2, EXT3, etc.
✔ Various storage devices: external hard disks, solid state drives (SSD), USB flash drives, thumb drives, network attached storage (NAS), hardware RAID, dynamic disks, etc.
✔ Complete backup options: it is not only a disk image creator of Windows 10, but also an effective backup tool for files/folders, partitions and operating system.

What’s more, it allows you to restore disk image backup between GPT disk and MBR disk, and it permits you to perform offline system restore via bootable media. 

Create Windows 10 disk image with AOMEI Backupper

For the concise design of AOMEI Backupper, even a computer novice can create a hard disk image in Windows 10 without needing any help. And this is a guarantee for data security in Windows 10 or when you want to upgrade Windows 10 to Windows 11 without losing files. Let’s see how it works:

1. Download this freeware. Install and launch it.

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2. Select Disk Backup under Backup tab to create image from disk. If you want to create complete system image in Windows 10, then System Backup is what you need.

Disk Backup

3. Click Add Disk. In the pop-up window, choose the disk to be backed up and click Add.

Select Disk

4. Select a location to store the disk image file by clicking the second column. Although it supports backing up to critical volume, it’s recommended to keep the backup offsite.

Select Destination Path

5. View the backup settings. If no problems, click Start Backup to execute the backup. The process won’t affect your current operation.

Start Backup

>> Options: you can enable email notification, choose the compression level for the backup image file and select intelligent sector backup or sector-by-sector backup, etc.
>> Schedule: you can set the backup task to run automatically using the modes of Daily, Weekly, Monthly, Event triggers, USB plug in. The last three modes are available in paid versions.
>> Scheme: it will delete old image files automatically to save disk space for you. You need to upgrade to higher editions to enjoy this feature.

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You see it’s quite easy to create disk image in Windows 10 via AOMEI Backupper. With a disk image at hand, disk recovery can also be realized with a few clicks. Besides, you can use Disk Clone to create a copy of your hard disk without performing disk imaging in Windows 10.

If you want to protect unlimited computers within your company, you can pick AOMEI Backupper Technician. With the inbuilt AOMEI Image Deploy tool, you are also allowed to deploy/restore system image file on server-side computer to multiple client-side computers over network. Why not try it now?