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Image disk is the process of making a backup copy of the entire contents of a hard drive. A disk image is a storage file that contains all the data stored on the source hard drive and the necessary information to boot to the operating system. Disk cloning and disk imaging are two processes that accomplish the same goal: They copy all of a hard drive's contents. It's possible to clone a disk by using a disk image, but the two are distinctly different in the process they use to copy hard drives. Disk cloning creates a functional one-to-one copy of a hard drive, while disk imaging creates an archive of a hard drive that can be used to make a one-to-one copy.
To make the system disk image we will use Macrium Reflect, a free software for home use. A free back up, disk imaging, and cloning solution capable of meeting the needs of both commercial and personal users.
Protect your data, upgrade your hard disk or try new operating systems safe in the knowledge that everything is securely saved in an easily recovered backup file. Macrium Reflect supports backup to local, network, and USB drives, or external drive and is licensed for home and business use.
After you have downloaded Macrium Reflect Free it should be installed on your laptop or PC. When you open the program you will see all the disk drives that you have configured in the computer. There are two ways to back up the disk to the operating system: Clone Disk and Image Disk. The first variant, Clone disk is usually used when you want to clone a disk drive that will be installed on another PC, and the second variant, Image Disk is used to create a backup of the system disk that is used if the operating system cracks and the computer no longer starts.
Disk Cloning by Image. When you apply a disk image to a hard drive, you're creating a copy of the original contents of the drive. Disk images are usually used for restoring a hard drive's previous contents or transferring contents to a new hard drive. However, you can use a disk image to create a copy of the source hard drive on a second hard drive, making it a clone of the original drive.
Below you will find a small explanatory video for creating Image Disk with Macrium Reflect Free.
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