About Disk Image
In computing, a disk image is a computer file containing the contents and structure of a disk volume or of an entire data storage device, such as a hard disk drive, tape drive, floppy disk optical disc or USB flash drive. A disk image is a copy of the entire contents of a storage device, such as a hard drive, DVD, or CD. The disk image represents the content exactly as it is on the original storage device, including both data and structure information. A disk image of a hard drive may be saved as a virtual hard disk.
Disk Imaging Software
Disk imagining is important and useful. A good disk imaging software should be the one that not only makes the process easy, but lets you choose which file/folder/partition/disk you want to clone or mount, schedule a backup, and make an encryption. Besides, some welcomed imaging software even allows customizing command line scripts, letting you have great control over your data.
MiniTool ShadowMaker, a brand new disk imaging solution put forwarded by MiniTool Solution Ltd., is designed to deal with all kinds of imaging issues such as system imaging and disk imaging. Although it is a new emergency, it does offer rich features like incremental/differential backup, scheduled backup, backup encryption, etc.
See how it works:
Step1. After installing this disk imaging software, you will see the following interface. Click SET UP BACKUP to begin.
Step 2. Immediately you can see the backup page which requires you to select the source content and the destination location.
Note: It is recommended to back up to another hard drive such as an external hard drive. Do not put all eggs in one basket.
Step 3. Then choose Back up Now or Back up Later. If you choose Back up Now, MiniTool ShadowMaker will immediately deal with the backup task. If you choose Back up Later, you can manage the backup task later under Manage tab.
Tip: By clicking Schedule, you can set up a schedule for the backup, this makes your backup easy and reassuring. And, you can also click Options to customize the backup task, such as compress the image file, shut down computer when the backup is finished, enable password protection, verify backup after creation, etc.
That’s how to image hard drive using MiniTool ShadowMaker. You can also restore the disk image with the software.