Ghost A Hard Drive on Windows Server 2003 with Server Backup Software

Posted by @AOMEI

June 28, 2016

Learn how to ghost a hard drive in Windows Server 2003 to make a disk backup image which can be used to restore Windows Server 2003 when system crashed.

Why need to ghost Windows Server 2003 hard drive?

Ghost Windows Server 2003 hard drive means to backup all things on the disk including but not limited to backup Windows Server 2003 operating system. And a hard drive backup image is very useful, for example, you can use it to restore computer to the previous normal state when system crashed, upgrade old hard disk to solve the problem of low running speed, and recover lost files... But, before you do this you should think about where you should save the ghost image file.

Where to save Server 2003 ghost image file?

There are several choices to save the image file when ghost a hard drive on Windows Server 2003, and you should choose the best for yourself. Here, including internal and external hard drives, writable CDs\DVDs, USB flash drives, NAS devices and network drives, all of them have pros and cons.

1. An internal hard drive is securer than an external hard drive because it’s not being moved around, so it’s less likely to be crashed and be damaged. But once you store image on the same internal hard drive that Windows is installed on, you should prepare for the situation- once the drive is to fail, your backup would lose.

2. An external hard drive is to store the backup in a separate place from your computer, but it require you remember to attach it to your computer before your backup is scheduled.

3. CDs\DVDs are same as USB which will fill up easily and cannot store system image files, but they are cheap anyway.

4. As for NAS/network location, secure is a problem because other people who access the location may access to your backup, but it won’t require storage space on your computer.

All in all, where you save your ghost image file depends on the information you want to ghost and the hardware you can get. Next, we will talk about how to ghost a hard drive on Windows Server 2003.

How to ghost a hard drive in Windows Server 2003?

Having a third-party server backup software to help you ghost a hard drive on Windows Server 2003 is a good choice, for example, AOMEI Backupper Server is a convenient and secure software with easy operation to achieve this job.

Step 1: Install and launch AOMEI Backupper Server. Select the "Disk Backup" option under the "Backup" tab.

Disk Backup

Step 2: The "Task Name" can be set so that it can help to distinguish the image from each other. Select a source disk that you want to ghost, and you can ghost several disks at a time by clicking "Add". Then, select a destination path to store the image file.

Select Disk

Tip:The above “Backup Options”, “Schedule” and “Scheme” can be set as well, and they are optional.

Step 3: Click "Start Backup" to carry out and wait until the operation is complete. Click "Finish" to exit the interface.


After ghosting a hard drive to image, you also can use the same ghost software - AOMEI Backupper server to help you restore your image files to anywhere you want when there is a need.