How to Ghost A Hard Drive in Windows Server 2011 with AOMEI Backupper?

Posted by @AOMEI

March 4, 2016

AOMEI Backupper Server can help you easily ghost a hard drive in Windows Server 2011 to avoid data loss which caused by system crash or human errors.

Why need ghost a hard drive?

Ghosting a hard drive means the same as backing it up. It’s a way to convert the contents of a hard drive, including its configuration settings and applications into an image. As you know, Windows Server 2011 as well as other Server systems are often used by many enterprises. If someone need create identical configurations and install the same software on numerous computers, it seems impossible to manually set them one by one! In this case, using a software to retrieve the ghosting image from the server to every computer can save a lot of time. On the other hand, for home users, there could be many precious photos, musics, videos, etc. So it’s better to ghost the hard drive in order to prevent losing these data resulted from system crash, virus or human errors.

Select a ghosting software for Windows Server 2011

Windows Server systems have a built-in backup tool but there’re many limitations. For example, sometimes a full backup needs to backup the entire disk or backup sector by sector. However, Windows Server Backup only allows you to backup folder by folder. Besides, this built-in program can not compress image files so that those image files will occupy amount of storage space.

Anyway, AOMEI Backupper Server Edition which is a professional backup software especially designed for Server systems can solve those problems perfectly. It supports Windows SBS 2011/2003/2008, Server 2003/2008/2012 and all Windows PC systems. With the simple and easy-to-use interface, even a computer green hand can deal with it easily. The following steps will show you how to ghost a hard drive in Windows Server 2011 with AOMEI Backupper.

How to ghost a hard drive in Windows Server 2011 with AOMEI?

Step 1: Install and launch AOMEI Backupper Server. Select Disk Backup.

Disk Backup

Step 2: Choose the source disk in “Step 1”.

Source Disk

Step 3: Choose the destination disk in “Step 2”. The image can be saved on an external hard disk, CD/DVD, networks or any other separate storage device.


Tips: At the bottom, Backup Options and Schedule are capable to be set based on your demands. Pay attention that Make an Exact Copy in backup options will copy all sectors whether used or not, which takes much more time. The feature Scheme helps you automatically manage and save disk space usage as a result of having many image files.

Step 4: Click Start Backup to execute.

That’s all! Only by a few of clicks, your computer can get safer. When the contents are needed again, AOMEI Backupper will convert the image back to the original form, which avoids many troubles of data loss.