By Ivy / Last update June 29, 2021

Why Ghost a Hard Drive in Windows 7?

In this Information Age with a rapid development of computer technology, Windows users have faced a lot of serious disk troubles, so do Windows 7 users. Hard drives are likely to get corrupted in any situation. As a result, many users are searching on the blogs and forums to find out how to ghost a hard drive in Windows 7 for security.

Windows 7 Laptop

Ghosting a hard drive has the same effect of backing up a hard drive. That is to say, we can place important data to other places by ghosting, and restore them when the source data has been damaged. Under this circumstance, it is very urgent for all the users to come up with a good strategy to do regular backups.

In another case, ghosting Windows 7 to a new hard drive or another drive could be counted as a good method to upgrade disk. Now that we can restore the ghost image to previous hard drive, why couldn't we restore it to a new disk for upgrading? Hard drive fails eventually, and replacing old drive with a new one via backup & restore method is not a bad choice for laptop that has only one disk bay.

Ghost Windows 7 Hard Drive via Free Software

As far as I am concerned, the most efficient way is to back up the hard drive of Windows 7 with powerful and free image backup software. Image backup software refers to a utility that can create a backed up image of the partition or disk. The image file can be used to restore disk/partition when it is necessary.

For example, as we all know, the problem of system crash has threatened many users. It can result from many reasons, such as, virus and hacker attack, hardware and software failures, wrong operations and so on. Many of them are unavoidable, so when it happens, the traditional way to fix the problem is to reinstall the operating system and applications.

Luckily, in order to help users get out of the tough task, many organizations and companies have developed and released corresponding software. However, most of them have a very high price. Here, I would like to recommend powerful and free ghost software for Windows 7 from AOMEI Technology - AOMEI Backupper Standard.

How to Make Ghost Image of Windows 7?

As all-in-one image backup software, AOMEI Backupper Standard supports not only ghosting a hard drive but also ghosting a particular partition like system drive. It is totally free of charge for commercial and personal use. Windows 10, 8.1/8, 7, XP, Vista are supported, so you can ghost Windows 10 hard drive as well. Ghosting Windows 7 at a regular basis is also available.

To add extra protection for the image, you can encrypt it with password via its advanced version, Professional. When you need to restore the ghost image, just go to the Restore section to do the recovery. This software provides creating bootable device service, so that you can restore ghost image even when the system cannot boot. Download it to have a try.


Detailed steps of ghosting a hard drive of Windows 7

1. Install and run AOMEI Backupper. You will see the user-friendly main interface of this ghost image software. Choose Disk Backup under Backup tab.

Disk Backup

2. Select current hard drive as the source disk and select a destination path to store the ghost image.

Add Disk

Select Backup Destination

3. Confirm the operation and click Start Backup.

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.

>> Schedule: you can set the backup task to run automatically at fixed intervals.

>> Scheme: it will delete old image files automatically to save disk space for you. You need to upgrade to AOMEI Backupper Professional to enjoy this feature.


Now you know how to ghost a hard drive in Windows 7 perfectly with the help of free AOMEI Backupper. To ghost system to a new hard drive, please learn more in ghost Windows 10 OS. In addition, if you are running Windows Server, please turn to AOMEI Backupper Server edition.