How to Ghost An External Hard Drive?

Posted by @Cody

May 9, 2016

If you have saved important data on an external hard drive, it is recommended to ghost external hard drive to other location.

Should you Ghost external hard drive?

An external hard drive can store many personal files including documents, photos, movies, music and other data of users. While being plugged in and plugged off from the multiple devices, the external hard drive is vulnerable to be affected if any of the devices connected has virus or malware. Therefore, to protect your data, it is necessary to ghost external USB hard drive before it is too late. However, the Norton Ghost, powerful disk imaging software, has been discontinued by Symantec years ago. In that case, you need to find another software that provides all the features that Norton Ghost has.

Reliable Norton Ghost alternative

Free imaging and cloning software, AOMEI Backupper provides data protection for Windows 10/8/7. When setting up a backup, you system, disks, partitions, or files to include in a backup. For running automatic backup, it supports incremental backup and differential backup besides full backup, so it will take less time and space for keeping multiple backup versions. What’s more, it allows you to restore a disk backup or system backup to another hard drive or SSD no matter it is in the same computer or another computer with dissimilar hardware. While performing restore or clone, it enables you to adjust partition size in case the destination disk has a different capacity. Unlike other backup and cloning software, AOMEI Backupper also gives you the ability to restore or clone MBR to GPT disk without converting the partition style of the destination disk. Therefore, you can choose AOMEI Backupper to replace Norton Ghost in order to ghost image hard drive.

How to ghost external hard drive?

You may have tried other backup software, but you failed to follow it. However, AOMEI Backupper is totally different. It come with the intuitive interface, you can easily do all the operations with a few clicks.

To ghost an external HDD with AOMEI Backupper:

1. Connect your external hard drive to a computer running Windows.

2. Download, install and run this freeware.

3. At its main interface, click “Backup” and then select “Disk Backup”. if you do not want to backup the entire external hard drive, you can select “Partition Backup” to include one or more partitions in the backup.

Disk Backup

4. Click “Step 1” to select the external hard drive as source disk to be backed up.

Step 1

5. At the next screen, click “Step 2” to specify where you want to save the image backup.

Step 2

6. Click “Start Backup” to start the backup.

Start Backup

Then ghost external hard drive is in process. After the backup is done, you can also create a bootable media using CD or USB flash drive, so you can restore your external hard drive when there is no functional Windows system.