Windows 8/8.1 built-in imaging tool
It is important for Windows 8 and 8.1 users to create system image backup when using computers. Other than free disk imaging software for Windows 8 on the Internet, you can use backup utility snap-in to do a system backup with the access: search for “recovery” from the start screen, then “Windows 7 File Recovery”-> “Create a system image”-> “Backup Location”-> “Start Backup”
However, you may encounter this kind of condition. When creating a system image to an external USB drive, it will proceed normally at first, but finally fails. It will offer you an error code 0x81000033 (different PCs got different code number, but the same meaning) with the message "Windows skipped backing up your system image because one of the critical volumes is not having enough free space. Free up some space by deleting unnecessary files and try again" even though you have plenty of free space.
Sometimes, it will fail with the error message to format your target hard drive, even if it is empty with 0GB used. One of Windows 8 users tried three times with three different USB hard drives(320GB/320GB free, 1TB/1TB free, 1TB/600GB free) as targets, and got the same error message. Surprisingly, his hard drive status is only 250GB/210GB used.
In such cases, you’d better turn to a third party backup software. Nevertheless, something important you should take into consideration when considering free disk imaging software for Windows 8. Does this program offer secure and fast disk imaging as well loss-less data compression? How can you be sure that your irreplaceable photos, emails, music, movies, and financial data are all around protected? In fact, some programs only copy user files, while the boot information and files are locked by the operating system at the time of backing up. Some don’t replicate security attributes and other indeterminacy configurations result from incompatible file names and copy protection issues. Worse still, by slightly moving or aligning partitions some backup software could make Windows totally unbootable.
To sum up, it is crucial to find a handy, ease to use and professional freeware that is regularly updated to keep up with the latest technology.
Why AOMEI Backupper?
Most important factors of disk imaging software are imaging and compression performance as well as restoration speed which is important for users who need to restore images frequently. Generally, you can use Windows internal image tool. Somehow, you will find out gradually it holding much time while backing and generating a large size of images while compressing.
Therefore, try all-in-one and mighty Windows backup software - AOMEI Backupper, which manifests excellent performance for both imaging speed and recovery speed as well as compression. This Windows backup software is embedded with many useful features and utilities, such as multifarious backup styles(full backup, incremental backup, differential backup and schedule backup), foolproof recovery, thorough disk wipe as well as check error, split image, encryption and dissimilar hardware restore, etc. This disk imaging software supports backup to local disk, external hard drive, NAS, network drive and USB drives as well as burning to all DVD formats, too.
Anyway, words alone are no proof, and real thing could be evidence. One screen-snap of this program is showed below.
You can experience these features by download free AOMEI Backupper Standard with the bonus of free for not only home use but also commercial use. Don’t worry you have no idea how to operate as it has a simple and user-friendly interface. For IT experts, this program offers top-notch customer support and you are welcomed to communicating problems you faced and suggestions you give with the team.
Tutorial on disk imaging for Windows 8/8.1
A disk image is usually created by creating a complete backup of the source medium, thereby perfectly replicating the structure and contents of a storage device such as a hard drive. In this case, the function of “Disk Backup” in AOMEI Backupper could help you achieve the goal of disk imaging. Install and launch it after you finish the download.
Step1, Select the second one “Backup”, and click “Disk Backup”.
Step2, Type the “Task Name”. Choose the disk you want to image (here is Disk 0). Then choose one location as the destination path. As this passage mentioned before, you have many choices referring to target location.
- “Backup Options”: Five options provided for you to set the configuration according to your personal habit. If you want to backup all sectors, you can change the backup mode from “Intelligent Sector Backup (by default)” to “Make an Exact Backup” in the “Intelligent Sector” option. Click “OK” once you done all settings.
- “Schedule” option: allows you to do a regular backup (Daily, Weekly, Monthly) as well as different types of backup (Full Backup, Incremental Backup, Differential Backup). Then click “Start Backup” to perform this task.
In conclusion, easy and simple moves can do you a fever on disk imaging for Windows 8. Apart from a free disk imaging software for Windows 8/8.1, AOMEI Backupper Standard also supports Windows 10/7/XP/Vista. Some utilities can help you manage backup from the other side like the bootable media creator enables you to make Windows PE or Linux bootable CD. As a free backup and restore software, AOMEI Backupper will play an important role in figuring out all these problems you met.