How to create a system image backup using free backup software

This tutorial will show you step by step how to create a system image backup using free backup software.

This will create an backup image of the partition(s) required to backup and restore Microsoft Windows.

What is a system image backup?

A system image backup is an image of the partition(s) required to backup and restore Microsoft Windows. It also includes Windows and your system settings, installed programs, and files. You can use a system image backup to restore the contents of your computer if your hard drive or computer ever stops working or if your computer is infected with malware (e.g., virus, trojan, spyware, rootkit, etc.).

How to make a system image backup using Macrium Reflect Free

Macrium Reflect is a reliable, well-known, and often recommended program for creating system image backups.

You can download Macrium Reflect from their website, here.

1. Connect your external hard drive to your PC.

2. Start Macrium Reflect.

3. Click on Create an image of the partition(s) required to backup and restore Windows.

Create an image of the partition(s) required to backup and restore Windows with Macrium Reflect

A Disk Image window appears.

4. At Folder, you make sure that your external hard drive is selected.

In this example, the external drive has the letter S as drive letter but it probably has a different drive letter for you.

Make sure that your external hard drive is selected in Macrium Reflect

5. At Backup filename, you can use the image ID as the file name or if you want, you can enter a more descriptive name to help you remember what it is.

6. Click on the Finish button at the bottom right of the window.

A Backup Save Options window appears.

7. Uncheck the Save backup and schedules as an XML Backup Definition File option.

8. Click on the OK button.

Macrium Reflect will now create your system image backup.

The time it takes to complete the backup depends on:

And there are probably more things that play a role in the speed of the backup.

How to make a system image backup using AOMEI Backupper Standard

AOMEI Backupper is an all-in-one backup program for making backups of your files, folders, partitions, hard drives and system, and making clones of your hard drives, partitions, and systems.

You can download AOMEI Backupper from their website, here.

1. Connect your external hard drive to your PC.

2. Start AOMEI Backupper.

3. Click on Backup.

4. Click on System Backup.

Create a system backup with AOMEI Backupper

5. At Task Name, you type a name for your backup.

6. At Step 2, you make sure that your external hard drive is selected.

In this example, the external drive has the letter S as drive letter but it probably has a different drive letter for you.

AOMEI Backupper system image backup settings

7. Click on the Start Backup button.

AOMEI Backupper will now create your system image backup.

The time it takes to complete the backup depends on:

And there are probably more things that play a role in the speed of the backup.


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