Why mirror a hard drive?
Before you figure out how to mirror a hard drive, it is necessary to learn what mirror is. Mirroring is a technique to allow a system to automatically maintain multiple copies of data so that in the event of a disk hardware failure a system can continue to process or quickly recover data. From the definition of mirroring a hard drive, you can learn that to mirror a hard drive mostly is to keep copies of the hard drive so that your hands won’t be tied when the hard drive fails. It is better to keep hard drive copies in different devices like in another hard drive, SSD and external hard drive. Mirroring a hard drive to external hard drive is as same as backing up PC to external hard drive mostly.
Mirroring a hard drive is also a way to compress contents on the hard drive. The mirrored image will be much smaller than original stuff if you choose to compress the hard drive in a high level during the mirroring process. It is easier to transfer these imaged files.
How to mirror hard drive in Windows 7, 8, 8.1, 10?
As covered before, to mirror a hard drive actually is to create copy of the hard drive. You can create a mirror image of the hard drive with the help of Windows internal tool, Backup and Restore in Windows 7, File History in Windows 8, 10. Nevertheless, using Windows snap-in tool in fact is a roundabout mirroring solution, especially using File History. You need to backup one hard drive twice, one for files and the other for system programs. Chances are that the mirrored images cannot be restored later. You might need the alternative to File History if it fails you.
The other solution of solving how to mirror a laptop hard drive puzzle is using professional disk mirroring software, say AOMEI Backupper Professional. This reliable software allows you to mirror a hard drive to an external hard drive, to another hard drive, and even to SSD in scheduled mode, regardless of whether it is a GPT disk or MBR disk. You have option in Backup Option to encrypt the mirror image if necessary. The feature Scheme will automatically delete images when its amount overpasses the value you set. Follow next part to learn how to mirror a hard drive to another hard drive.
Mirror a hard drive to SSD via AOMEI Backupper
1. Connect SSD with your machine. Create a new simple volume on the SSD since that will be in use later. Install and launch AOMEI Backupper Professional. Click Backup and then Disk Backup.
2. Select the hard drive you want to mirror from.
3. Select the partition you just created on SSD as the destination path.
4. Now it’s time to set custom configurations, compress level, encryption etc in Backup Option; daily, weekly, monthly backup mode in Schedule; and disk space management in Scheme. Click Start Backup.
Tips: Depending on the size of your files and the write speed of your hard drive, the mirroring process may take anywhere from a few minutes to several hours.
In conclusion, AOMEI Backupper is a really good solution to the problem of how to mirror a hard drive in Windows. Apart from mirroring a hard drive, this handy software will help clone a hard drive or a single partition. If you want to replace HDD with SSD, for example, you can clone boot drive to SSD using AOMEI Backupper. It also can be used to clone hard drive with bad sectors in Windows. You can create a bootable USB in Utilities tab just in case your system breaks down unexpectedly.