How to Backup C Drive for Windows Server 2008?

Posted by @AOMEI

February 23, 2016

To backup C drive for Windows Server 2008/2008 R2 with AOMEI Backupper Server.

Reasons to backup C drive

Many users of Windows Server 2008 tend to reinstall the system when problems such as slow performance and system crash occur on their PCs. Reinstalling the system can repair the system indeed, consequently, users will lose all data in their system drive, that is, C drive. I’ve seen some users who like to put important documents or memorable photos and videos right on the disk to check them as soon as they want to. This kind of users suffers even more from losing their C drive. In fact, such seemingly inevitable loss can be avoided by regular backup of your C drive for Windows Server 2008, through which the system can be restored when any accident happens to your PC. Moreover, most software is installed in C drive by default, which will create an amount of files over time and slow down your system. It is also a better choice than reinstalling the system to restore it to the previous status with the system backup.

Ways to backup C drive

There are two options for you to choose from to make a Windows Server backup.

1. To use Windows Server 2008 built-in Windows Server Backup.

2. To use AOMEI Backupper Server.

With built-in Windows Server Backup

Note: If you haven’t added Windows Server Backup Feature, you can click Start menu on the lower left, where you can see the Server Manager. Right-click Features and select Add Features.

Server Manager

Add Features

Step 1: Launch Windows Server Backup, on the upper right you will be given two options of backup. Backup Schedule allows you to make backup plans that will be carried out at the set timing. Backup Once means making a backup manually for once. Here we choose to backup once as a demonstration.

Win Server Backup Options

Step 2: In the Backup Options, if you are making a backup with Windows Server Backup for the first time, you will be required to change several detailed settings to customize the backup, including the type of backup, destination disk and VSS options. After all the settings are done, Click Backup to start.

Backup Once Options


Step 3: Wait for the backup to complete. The time cost depends on the size and the settings you made before.

Backing Up

Step 4: After the backup is complete, you can recover the system in the main interface if necessary. The backup file can be located by searching for the exact date when it was made.


One thing inconvenient of backup with Windows Server Backup is that it will require a single partition in which to store the image file. If you happen to have only two partitions in your disk, it means apart from the system partition, the other partition will be left unapplicable. If you have any problem creating or splitting partitions, you can download AOMEI Partition Assistant Server to help.

With AOMEI Backupper Server

Backupper Server is designed to handle backup and clone in Windows Server system. Compared to Windows Server Backupper, it is easier to handle and provides more kinds of backup option. For example, unlike Windows Server Backupper which only allows backup of a whole partition, it also allows you to backup certain folder or file only, saving you much time of waiting.

To use Backupper Server to backup C drive, download and launch it and follow the steps below.

Step 1: In the main interface, select System Backup under the Backup column.

Select System Backup

Step 2: In the pop-up window, select the destination path where the backed up image files will be located. You don’t need to pick out the system and boot partitions for the Backupper will automatically detect and select them for you.

Select Destination Path

Note: Several detailed options can be changed in Backup Options, Schedule and Scheme, where you can change the image files’ level of compression, set the backup plans and determine the specific way of backup.

Step 3: After clicking Start Backup, the software will start to backup your system. During the process you can do set the software to shut down your PC, etc. on completion, which frees you from waiting till the backup ends.


After the backup is done, you can view the image file in the Home column, where you can also set scheduled backup plans if you haven’t before.

Image File

Two ways we introduced above can both backup C drive for Windows Server 2008 in case of accidents. The Backupper, on the other hand, can also help you to clone your hard drive or system directly to another hard drive.