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Image a Hard Drive with MiniTool ShadowMaker

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In case of system crashes, Image a hard drive to another one with MiniTool ShadowMaker, so that the image file can be utilized to restore the system to the previous status.

A system image is a copy of all data on a drive volume. If the hard drive fails or critical software files become corrupted, such as when a computer virus infects a system, You can restore all of your files the system image to return the contents of your computer. By default, a system image includes the drive(s) required for Windows to run. It includes Windows, your system settings, programs, and files.

When restoring a computer from a system image, you cannot choose individual items to restore. All of your current programs, system settings, and files are replaced with the contents of the system image.

How to Image a Hard Drive in Windows 10/8/7?

There are plenty of ways you can do to back up system and data. The Windows built-in backup tool is one of them.

Step 1: Go to Control Panel.
Step 2: Click Backup and Restore (Windows 7) under System and Security tab.
Step 3: Click Create a system image in the left panel.

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Step 4: Then, please decide where you want to save the backup. Here from the figure below, you know three kinds of storage paths are supported, including a hard disk, one DVD or a network location.

As to the hard disk, it is selected commonly. To make a success full image backup by this image backup tool, please make sure that the disk has enough available space.

Step 5: Now it is time for you to decide which drives you want to include in the backup. As we have mentioned before, Windows backup tool allows you to make an image of hard drive.

Step 6: Then one window pops up to inform you to confirm your backup settings. Then, start to back up the entire system disk.

It will likely take several hours to finish, so keep your computer plugged into a power source and make the connection to the hard drive isn't disrupted.

Tips: Once the backup finishes, you'll be prompted to create a repair disk. You can do this by clicking Yes, inserting a blank DVD into your computer, and following the on-screen instructions. A repair disk will allow you to recover your computer if it malfunctions. To make things easy, you can just image a hard drive with reliable third-party software like MiniTool ShadowMaker.

Why MiniTool ShadowMaker?

The disk data keeps on being modified, updated or added every day. For computer protection, perhaps there is not enough time for you to make a full hard drive image day after day, besides, it is time-consuming and wastes disk space.

Hence, the image backup tool you use should be able to automatically image your hard drive and create an incremental or differential backup for only changes of the disk.

The professional and free disk imaging software - MiniTool ShadowMaker can be your wise choice. With its powerful features, files, system, disk, and partition backup can be completed with ease for Windows 10/8/7 users.

How to Image a Hard Drive with MiniTool ShadowMaker?

Here let’s see how this free hard drive image software works.

Step 1: After downloading the Trial Edition of MiniTool ShadowMaker and installing it on your computer, just turn on it. Then, click Connect to go on.

Note: You can only back up the disk of the computer in the same LAN by remote control.

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Step 2: You will go to the Home page where you can see one prompt message. If there is no backup yet on your computer, please click SET UP BACKUP button to start data protection.

Step 3: Now you are in the Backup tab where you need to choose the source disk and the hard drive image storage location by entering the corresponding section. Click Back up Now to begin the hard disk image in Manage.

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Here are some matters you should pay attention to:

① When entering the Backup page, you see system partitions in the current system are selected by default by MiniTool ShadowMaker.
② As to imaging a hard drive, please manually click Source module, select one hard disk from the list and check all the partitions. (In general, the system disk should be selected firstly for computer protection.) 

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③ When entering Destination module, four kinds of paths can be chosen. Which one should be selected? It is up to you.

For a local backup, an external hard drive is a good path for the disk image storage. Note that the partition you choose should be large enough to save the image file.

Besides, you can also make some advanced settings for the hard drive image, for instance, create an automatic backup, set a backup scheme, add a comment for the backup and more.

MiniTool ShadowMaker VS Snap-in Windows Backup Tool

For making a hard drive image, which should be the best solution, the third-party software or the built-in backup tool in Windows 10/8/7?

As far as we are concerned, MiniTool ShadowMaker is your best choice for hard drive image backup since Windows backup tool has some limits.

1. Differential backups are not supported by it but MiniTool ShadowMaker allows you to create one.
2. The disk image created by Windows backup tool occupies more disk space than MiniTool ShadowMaker.
3. When using Windows backup tool to image a hard drive or system, maybe you face many issues, such asWindows backup failed not enough disk space, Windows backup did not complete successfully error,0x807800C5 and more.
4. Windows backup tool only helps to back up the current system disk. If you need to create a disk backup for another hard drive, it is not available.

Thus it can be seen that MiniTool ShadowMaker is worthy of being recommended as the best backup solution. When there is a need, just get this free backup software to have a try.

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