How to Backup Windows Server 2008 (R2) to External Hard Drive?

Posted by @Cherry

July 30, 2015

Backing up Windows Server 2008 or 2008 R2 to an external hard drive can give a big benefit to server users. It can solve the most headachy thing when system crashes.

Why Should We Backup Windows Server 2008 to External Hard Drive?

Backup is never strange to computer users. We all know that in order to keep data safety, backup to another space is more clever. When you backup, it will create an bakcup image file. You can backup to local disk, CD/DVD, NAS/Network, or external hard drive. For Windows Server, backup to external hard drive is better than else. Windows Server 2008 is used in business, the data is very important, and back it up to an external hard drive can ensure its safety. For example, If you want to upgrade the old hard drive, back them up to an external hard drive can solve many problems like reinstalling the system or installing programs, cause you can restore it with this external hard drive in a few minutes. Besides, there are many other situations, system crashes, Windows Server won’t boot, virus, hacker’s attack, wrong operations, hard drive damages, even natural disasters. The image on external hard drive can keep the data’s safety and restore the Server.

Backup Windows Server 2008 to External Hard Drive with Windows Snap-in Tool

Unlike Windows 2003, Windows 2008 doesn’t built-in a backup software intuitively. You can install the Windows Server Backup in Add Features Wizard first. Then, click Start-> Administrative Tools-> Windows Server Backup to open it. You can schedule backup or perform one-time backup according to your requirement. Then, select which you want to backup, click Next to choose where you would like to store the backup image, and here, you can choose the external hard drive you prepared. Here, you almost done the job.

However, this Windows 2008 snap-in backup tool can’t be suit for everyone. It has many limits.

  • You must be a member of the administrators or backup operators group.
  • The create backups set will not be upgraded when you upgrade your system to Windows Server 2008, you will need to reconfigure the settings.
  • You can only backup NTFS format volumes with it.
  • The schedule backups can only run with a separate, dedicated disk.

However, you can hire a third party server backup software to help you get out of those kind of troubles. Considering the safety and price, here we recommend you AOMEI Backup Server, which has wide features more than backup.

AOMEI Backupper Server for Windows Server 2008

As we mentioned above, AOMEI Backupper Server has wide features. You can use it to do backup, clone, restore, and others. All the operating is simple and easy. So, it has a very good reputation. Using AOMEI Backupper Server to backup Windows Server 2008 to external hard drive is easy too. Here will introduce you the very simple steps. Before you do, prepare a large enough external hard drive.

Step1. Install and launch AOMEI Backupper Server, click Backup to open the main interface, and you can choose the backup type which you want to backup. Here takes Disk Backup as an example.

Backup

Step2. After you click Disk Backup, it will take you to the disk backup interface as the following picture shows. You can set the backup details here. In the step1, you can choose the disk which you want to backup(system backup is default). In step2, you can choose the destination space. Here, choose the external hard drive. Then, you can click Start Backup to prompt the proceed.

Disk Backup

Tips:

If you want to setup more details such as encryption, you can click Backup Options at the second step.

After the proceed reaches 100%, click Finish to end up the operating.

You see, the easy-to-use interface is very simple, even a non-technician can use it to backup Windows Server 2008 to external hard drive in a few minutes. It’s worth to try 30-day free trial.