You need a backup
After installing operating system (OS) and commonly used applications on an SSD, it is highly recommended to create an SSD OS backup just in case any unexpected issues. As you know, many things like virus attack, unintentional deletion, and hardware failure can cause data loss. With an OS backup, you can have all things recovered in a short time instead of wasting time reinstalling Windows 10/8/7 and programs.
Several SSD backup solutions
Create a mirror of the SSD drive
You can create a RAID 1, which is like a mirror of the primary drive. If the system SSD fails, the other drive is RAID 1 keeps running, leaving no downtime. To do this, you need another SSD or hard disk drive (HDD) with equal or larger size.
Anything changes happen on the SSD system drive will also happen on the other drive in real-time. Therefore, RAID 1 will actually reduce the performance of your SSD. If you don’t mind the downtime required to swap the failed SSD, then RAID 1 is not necessary.
Clone the system drive
You can create a clone of the OS drive. If the SSD drive fails, you can simply replace the SSD with the cloned one, and then you can boot your system. For SSD clone software, you can use AOMEI Backupper Standard, which is free and very easy to use.
To clone an SSD, you need to connect another storage drive, an SSD, HHD, or external drive, as the destination for the clone.
1. Download and run AOMEI Backupper Standard. Click “Clone” tab and choose “Disk Clone”.
2. Select the SSD as source disk and specify the destination disk by clicking it.
3. Click “Start Clone” to start the clone.
Disk Clone is fast and convenient for backup SSD OS. However, there is no such thing as incremental clone. If you make changes to the SSD drive, you will have to create another clone. You may end up with no backup at all if the clone fails in the middle of the cloning process. Therefore, to create an image backup for the SSD OS drive is the best way.
Create an image backup
You can take an image backup of the SSD drive to a secondary drive, NAS network location or removable drive. You can either use Windows built-in backup and restore utility or third party software. Windows backup utility still uses file level backup and it will not compress the image backup file. What’s worse, it can only NTFS formatted drive can be protected.
If you think those limitations matter, you can try free backup software AOMEI Backupper Standard. It supports many filesystems including NTFS, FAT, exFAT and 3 compression level for you to choose. It uses block by block backup and it is more secure and fast.
To create an SSD OS Backup with AOMEI Backupper:
1: Download and run this free backup utility. Click “Backup” and select “System Backup”. If you use the entire SSD as the system drive, then you can also select “disk Backup” to backup SSD to HDD.
2．For System Backup, the program will automatically select partition required for a full system restore at "Step1", all you need to do is click “Step 2” to specify where you want to save the backup.
3. You can create a schedule to run the backup automatically by click “Scheule” and configure other options by clicking “Backup Options”. Then click “Start Backup” to start to backup OS on SSD.
For scheduled backup, you can set it to run daily, weekly, or monthly at a specific time. You can also set the scheduled backup to run on a certain event. What’s more, to save backup space and time, incremental backup and differential backup are both supported. With the original SSD OS backup, you can keep doing incremental backups and then everything is included in the backup OS on SSD.
After the backup is finished, you can create a recovery disk with a USB drive or CD so you can restore your system back without loading Windows 10/8/7.