Nowadays, more and more computers support UEFI boot. As you know, GPT disks require UEFI boot. It is increasingly popular for users to install the system on a GPT disk for the advantages of GPT disk over MBR disk, such as supporting disk space of more than 2TB. If your Windows 10 operating system is installed on a GPT disk, you may want to ghost UEFI Windows 10 for system protection. Then, how to ghost Windows 10 UEFI? Please keep reading.
Ghost UEFI Windows 10 with Ghost32
Generally speaking, a GPT system disk has two more partitions besides normal system partition. They are Microsoft reserved partition (MSR) and EFI system partition (ESP), and they are hidden in Windows. If you need to ghost Windows 10 on a GPT disk, you should backup these 3 partitions at the same time.
Learn how to backup them into one ghost image file via Ghost32 below. In this method, you should manually select system partitions and the operations can be difficult for computer novices. For an easier way, please refer to the next part.
1. Download Ghost32 and open it. Click OK when the information screen appears.
2. Click Local and select Partition. Then click To Image.
3. Hold CTRL and select the 3 partitions, that is, system partition, MSR partition, and ESP partition.
4. Select a place to save the image backup. You can specify a name of the backup, for example, "win10.gho".
5. The tool will ask if you’d like to compress the backup. You can choose No, Fast, or High.
6. Click Yes when asked if you are ready to proceed.
7. Select Continue and then Quit to exit the program.
With the ghost image created above, you can restore your system easily when problems occur:
1. Navigate to Local ->Partition ->From Image.
2. Browse and select the image you wish to deploy and click OK.
3. Select the destination drive.
4. Click Yes and proceed with the image restoration.
Ghost Windows 10 UEFI using AOMEI Backupper
To ghost system with Ghost32, it probably misses the System Reserved partition because the partition should be selected manually. Also, it is not user-friendly and may cause much inconvenience. Here I’d like to recommend an easier way to ghost UEFI boot disk.
AOMEI Backupper Professional is easy-to-use UEFI imaging software. It offers an intuitive interface to help users ghost Windows 10/8.1/8/7/Vista/XP. Once something bad like system crash or hard disk failure happens, you can quickly restore your computer to the normal state with the backup image. The best part is that you can even restore the system image to dissimilar hardware. Click the button below to download the free trial right now:
Follow the steps thereinafter to create a ghost image of Windows 10 UEFI and restore system in case of system errors:
◉ Ghost UEFI Windows 10
Step 1. Run AOMEI Backupper. Click Backup and select System Backup.
Step 2. It will automatically select the system related partitions including ESP partition and MSR partition. You only need to select a destination path to store the image file. Then click Start Backup.
◉ Restore UEFI Windows 10 ghost image
Step 1. Click Restore and then Select Task to load the backup task you created before. You can also click Select Image File to locate the image file directly.
Step 2. Select the system backup task and then click Next.
Step 3. Select to restore the entire backup image or a partition in the image and click Next.
Step 4. At the Operation Summary page, preview the operation that will be executed and click Start Restore.
Tips: If you want to restore the system image to another computer with different hardware, you may tick “Universal Restore" before clicking “Start Restore”.
To ghost UEFI Windows 10, you can use either Ghost32 or AOMEI Backupper. Compared to Ghost32, AOMEI Backupper is smarter and more user-friendly. It can select system related partitions automatically when creating a system image. What’s more, AOMEI Backupper is professional system clone software which enables you to migrate OS to an SSD/HDD easily.
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.