How to Ghost a Hard Drive of Windows 7 Easily and Safely?

Posted by @AOMEI

May 9, 2017

As for the task of ghost Windows 7 hard drive, it is of great necessity to choose a good image backup software. A free and excellent tool of AOMEI Backupper can help you create ghost image of Windows 7 HDD.

How to Ghost a Hard Drive of Windows 7 Easily and Safely?

Why Ghost a Hard Drive in Windows 7?

In this information age with an increasingly developing computer technology, Windows users have faced a lot of serious disk troubles, so does to 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. 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 resolve this problem.

In another case, ghosting Windows 7 to 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, how could not we restore it to new disk for upgrading? Hard drive fails eventually, 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 a 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 only way to fix the problem is to reinstall the operating system and applications.

Luckily, in order to meet the users' needs, many organizations and companies have developed and released corresponding software. However, many of them have a very high price. Here, I would like to recommend powerful and free ghost software for Windows 7 from AOMEI Technology.

How to Make Ghost Image of Windows 7?

As an 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 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 password encrypt it. When you need to restore the ghost image, just go Restore to do the recovery. This software provides create bootable device service, so that you can restore ghost image even the system cannot boot. The picture below is the user-friendly main interface of this ghost image software. Download it to have a try.

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To ghost a hard drive of Windows 7, choose Disk Backup under Backup tab. In this window, click “Step1” to select current hard drive as the source disk and select a destination path to store the ghost image.

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Finally, click Start Backup.

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Tips: 

  • Backup Options: set password encryption, image compression, image splitting, etc.

  • Schedule: ghost a hard drive at daily, weekly, monthly, event-trigger basis.

  • Scheme: manage destination storage by deleting old backups. This needs to upgrade Standard to Professional edition.

  • You can ghost multiple hard drives in Windows 7 at a time.

You can solve the problem of how to ghost a hard drive in Windows 7 perfectly with the help of free backup software. To ghost a system to 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.

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