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How to create a Windows 10 and Windows 11 disk image ?

Why do we need to make a Windows 10/11 disk image ?

As we know, data such as your accounts, bookmarks and favorites, are not saved to a file, so, it is not enough to simply make a copy of all your files and folders. If you want to be able to restore your system, settings other than files/folders, you can create a Windows 10/11 disk image, which will back up your entire disk, including the operating system, accounts, bookmarks and preferences, etc.

If you have more than one operating system installed on your hard drive, it is also a good idea to create a backup image of all your systems. If you back up the hard drive offsite (away from the original location), you can restore everything to the time it was backed up, in case the computer crashes.

Since creating a disk image is useful, is there any free disk imaging software for Windows 10?

Free software to create a disk image

In Windows 10 or 11, there are built-in tools to create an image file, but none of them can actually create a complete disk image. Fortunately, AOMEI Backupper Standard, free disk image software for Windows 11/10/8.1/7/XP/Vista, allows you to easily make a disk image in Windows 10, including hidden partitions effortlessly. AOMEI Backupper supports:

Many file systems such as NTFS, FAT32, FAT16, EXT2 and EXT3.

Various storage devices, including external hard drive, solid state drive (SSD), USB flash drives, USB stick, network attached storage (NAS), RAID hardware, dynamic disk, etc.

Comprehensive backup options: it is not only a Windows 10 disk image creator, but also an effective backup tool for files/folders, partitions and operating system.

Moreover, it allows you to restore a disk image to a GPT disk or MBR disk, and still restore it even if your system can’t boot with bootable media.

Create a disk image in Windows 10/11 with AOMEI Backupper

For the concise design of AOMEI Backupper, even a computer novice can create a hard drive image in Windows 10 without needing help. And it’s a guarantee for data security or when you want to upgrade Windows 10 to Windows 11 without losing any files. Let’s see how it works:

  1. Download this free software. Install it and run it, then select Disk Backup under the Backup tab.
    Download freeware
    Create disc backup Windows 10
  2. Click Add Disk to choose the disk you are going to backup, and then select a location to store the disk image.Although this software allows you to back up to a critical volume, it is better to back up to an external hard disk.
    Add disk
    On this page, you can click Options to adjust backup settings such as image encryption, e-mail notification, compression level, etc., or click Schedule to set up an automatic backup according to your needs.
  3. Finally, click Start to create a hard drive image for Windows 10. The process will not affect your work.
    Start create disk backup Windows 10

Tip:

  • Click Schedule to run this daily, weekly, monthly, trigger event, USB plugged in backup. The last two functions are only available in the paid version, please upgrade to AOMEI Backupper Professional and other advanced versions.
  • Click on Options to modify the disk image, such as split, compress, comment, set backup mode, enable email notification to be noticed when backup is complete.

Conclusion

You can see that it is quite easy to create a disk image in Windows 10/11 via AOMEI Backupper. With a disk image at hand, restoring the disk image can also be done in a few clicks. Moreover, you can also use Disk Cloning to create a copy of your hard drive without performing disk image creation in Windows 10.

If you want to protect an unlimited number of computers within your company, you can chooseAOMEI Backupper Technician. With the built-in AOMEI Image Deploy tool, you are also allowed to deploy/restore the system image file on one server-side computer to multiple client-side computers over the network. Why not try it now?

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