How to Ghost a Hard Drive in 3 Steps

Brithny updated on Apr 17, 2019 to Backup Utility | How-to Articles

Is there any reliable program that I can use to ghost a hard drive

"I had a clean install Windows 10 on my computer just several minutes ago. Thinking that system problem and the accompanying unexpected data loss disaster can happen at any time, I intend to ghost the hard drive to backup the system and data. So even if anything bad happens one day in the future, I will not be troubled with system reinstalling & data recovery job. But I completely have no idea about how to ghost a hard drive? Is there any reliable Windows backup software that can make this job easier?"

As most computer users know, system failure or system crash might happen every day and every moment. It can be caused by various reasons such as virus and hacker attack, hardware and software failures, wrong operations and so on. Few people can expect or avoid such accidents. The only thing you can do is to reinstall the operating system to fix the problem. And if you know how to ghost a hard drive, things will become much easier. You can just regular backup hard drive with third-party image backup software and easily restore the system and data from the image file when a disaster attacks. 

3 steps to ghost a hard drive with EaseUS Todo Backup

EaseUS PC backup program is coming to do you a favor. It can help you ghost a hard drive by copying the contents of one computer hard drive to another disk or to an "image" file. And the image file can be used to restore disk or partition when it is necessary. The process can be easily done in just 3 simple steps. Now you can try it!

Note: Before you start backing up disk or partition, please make sure that your target disk, partition or external storage device is empty and big enough for saving the backup images.

Step 1. If you want to backup hard drive disk or partition to an external storage device, connect the device to your PC/laptop.

Step 2. Launch and EaseUS Todo Backup on your PC and click "Disk/Partition Backup" at the left pane. 
Click the icon at the left top corner, and Disk/Partition Backup will show up on the pane. 

Select Disk/Partition backup mode to start backing up your disk

Step 3. Choose the disk or partition that you want to backup as the source disk.
And select the external storage device or a big enough disk as the destination disk to save the backup image of the selected disk/partition.

Choose the source and destination disk to backup computer to USB flash drive

Step 4. Click "Proceed" to start the disk/partition backup process.
When the process finishes, you can unplug or disconnect the external storage device.
And all the data will appear on the destination disk or storage device with a compressed form by taking small space.

 
 

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between Clone and Backup? In what cases should I use Clone?

Clone will copy one disk to another or one partition to another (unallocated space is also supported). Usually, this option is used to upgrade the current disk by creating an identical copy. Backup will generate a .PBD image file containing the selected files or system that can be restored from the .PBD image if needed.

What is the difference between System Backup and Disk Backup?

System Backup will auto-select the system boot related partition(s) as the backup source to make sure the system image can be restored properly. Disk/Partition Backup will allow you to manually select a whole disk or speficy a certain partition as the backup source. You will get the same backup result as System Backup if you manually select the system and boot partitions with the Disk/Partition Backup option.

As a computer newbie, what features should I use to protect my computer?

You can use System Backup to back up the system and boot partitions, use Disk/Partition backup to back up the data partition and add plans to run an automatic backup. If you use the computer frequently or have software that may cause boot failure of the computer, we would suggest you back up the computer every 1 to 2 days. For other situations, you can backup the computer once a week. In addition, you can schedule File Backup to back up the files which are changed frequently.

What kind of storage service should I use to save my backup images?

EaseUS Todo Backup can save backup images to internal disks, external disks, network drives, or free cloud(Google Drive, Dropbox, and OneDrive) and CD/DVD. It is suggested to save the images to the internal/external/network drives to save time as those kinds of disks have a better read-write speed. It is suggested NOT to save the image on the source disk, because once the disk is damaged, all the files on the disk will become unavailable and you will be unable to restore the image.

As a company network administrator, what features should I use to protect our internal computers?

It is recommended that you use the SQL Backup feature to back up your company's SQL server and Exchange Backup feature to back up the Exchange server. In addition, you can execute System Backup to back up the system and boot partitions on every computer and set a plan to execute the backup once a day or twice a week to ensure that the computer can be restored timely when it has boot issues. File Backup feature can be used to back up important user data. If there are a large quantity of computers, you can purchase EaseUS Backup Center to manage the backups on the client computers centrally.

About EaseUS Todo Backup

Be it a file, system, partition, or disk, EaseUS Todo Backup will help you back up or clone the item and provide you with multiple backup plans.