How to Image SSD Drives to HDD on Windows 7?

Posted by @Teresa

February 16, 2017

Image SSD drives is a kind of backup sometimes. This article introduces an SSD image backup software and details how to image SSD to HDD or larger SSD in Windows 7.

Reasons of imaging SSD drives

In people’s daily computing life, there are some situations that they do need to image SSD drives. For example, after upgrading SSD from HDD or migrating OS to SSD, it is a good idea to image SSD to HDD as a backup. Even if there is something wrong with the new SSD, all data and operating system could be restored easily. This is quite helpful when you have multiple SSD drives installed in computer, say SSD RAID.

In addition, if store more than documents and files on SSD, to transfer data to other places, it is necessary to create an image of SSD. Thus, all applications or system programs can be used after restoring.

What’s more, image SSD to lager SSD in disk upgrading on laptop ensures system boot. To be specific, there are two main methods of replacing laptop hard drive, one is clone disk to disk via USB cable, the other is image the hard drive and restore to new drive later. However, in some cases, it is likely to get the “system won’t boot” error after replacing by the first one. Therefore, replacing SSD with the second method saves this trouble.

SSD drive image tool for Windows

To image SSD drives or single partition on SSD, the best way is turning to powerful third-party SSD image & backup software. AOMEI Backupper Professional is such image program that allows you to image SSD drives and partitions to other places for protection or transferring. For SSD RAID, this software supports image multiple drives to one place simultaneously.

Surely, this is also workable in HDD imaging. All operations will be done with “Disk Backup” feature. If image only one or two SSD partitions, you can turn to “Partition Backup” feature. For the specific OS drive on SSD, AOMEI Backupper also provides “System Backup” function. Windows 10, 8, 7, XP, and Vista are supported.

One tool meets all kinds of imaging, why not download the free trial or purchase it to have a try.

How to image SSD on Windows 7?

If image SSD drives to another device, please connect it to the computer first. Make sure it can be recognized by Windows.

1. Install and launch AOMEI Backupper Professional. Go Backup and then Disk Backup.

2. Click the box next to “Step1”to select SSD drive(s) as the source disk.

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3. Click the box next to “Step2”to choose a path as the destination storage. Storing images to NAS or network share is also available.

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4. You have options to set backup type, backup schedule, and backup storage manage in Backup Options, Schedule and Scheme. Click on Start Backup after all configurations.

Tips:

Backup Options: You can individually customize the global parameters when backing up data, including the compression level, encryption, the way the image is to be split to fit the storage media in use, intelligent sector, and VSS.

Schedule: You can image SSD in Daily, Weekly, Monthly, or Event-Trigger mode. Also, you can set to backup only used part of the SSD.

Scheme: This feature helps you automatically to manage and save disk space usage so that you can store latest image files.

It is fairly easy to image multiple SSD drives to another place, isn’t it? Above steps also apply to image mSATA SSD. Other than image SSD drives and HDD, this software could be used to image USB drive as well, like image HP USB drive. Furthermore, if you’re a Server user, for instance, image Windows Server 2012 to new hard drive, it is suggested to use AOMEI Backupper Server edition.