Create Windows Server 2012 (R2) Backup to USB Drive with an Easier Way

Posted by @Ada

September 4, 2017

If you are looking for an easy way to create Windows Server 2012 backup to USB drive, go ahead and see this article.

Why Backup to USB Drive?

It is well known that Creating Windows Server 2012 backup is very essential. If any emergency happens like hard failure, system crash, you can restore system and disk to its previous state and do not need to worry data loss.

As far as I am concerned, choosing a safe place to store system image backup is even more critical. There are so many destination places to choose. You can backup system image to NAS, local drive, CD/DVD etc.

Think about this: if you save your backup to internal hard drive, you may at risk lose all the backups if hard failure occurs. Also, backing up to NAS is not safe too. It may be infected by malware and virus if the shared location is always connected.

Here I’d like to recommend a safe and reliable way: backup to USB drive. It is one of the best external hard drive for server backup. There are many advantages to backup to USB drive.

First and foremost, as USB drive is separate from computer once the backup is done, your data is safe from hard failures, virus and malware.

Almost all computers have USB cable. It is also very common on other devices such as pad and video game consoles. With a USB drive, you can access your computer very easily.

USB drive is small and portable. You can carry it very easily in a corner of your pockets.

Create Windows Server 2012 backup to USB drive With Windows Server Backup

There is a powerful feature in Windows Server 2102 – Windows Server Backup. With it, you create Windows Server 2012 (R2) to external hard drive.

Let’s see how this tool work to create system image backup.

Step 1: Press Win + R and type “wbadmin.msc” to open Windows Server Backup. Or you can open it by click Start and select Administrative Tools. Find Windows Server Backup and click it. If you did not install Windows Server Backup, install it first.  

windows Server Backup

Step 2: On the Right Panel, click Backup Once option. By default, it will tick create a backup now using Different options, just click next.

Backup Options

Step 3: Then you come to Select Backup Configuration. Tick Custom and click Next.

Select Backup Configuration

Step 4: Then come to Select Items for Backup. Click Add Items and select System state and click OK. Then click Next to continue.

Select Items for Backup

Step 5: Then choose the type of storage for the backup. There are two options: local drive and remote shared folder. Choose Local drive and select USB drive.

Specify Destination Type

Step 6: Confirm your option and click Backup. Wait until the process completes.

Windows Server has a default limitations. The unused space of USB must be equal to or more than 64GB. Otherwise, you cannot find your USB drive at local drive. It is a default limitation of Windows Server. Here I recommend using a 128GB USB drive (The bigger, the better).

Basically, Windows backup has no compassion. If you set a schedual backup, the backup disk is very easy to become full.

An easier way to backup Windows 10 to USB with AOMEI Backupper Server

There is another easier way to create Windows Server 2012 (R2) backup to USB drive: use AOMEI Backupper Server. With it, you do not need to worry USB storage problem. You can backup to USB as long as it has enough space to store system image backup.

AOMEI Backupper Server is a professional server backup software. It allows you to create system image backup with a few clicks. If any emergency happens to your computer, you can perform a quick recovery to the previous state.

Let’s take a look at how this software works to create system image backup.

Step 1: Download AOMEI Backupper Server and open this software. Click the System Backup under the Backup tab.

System Backup

Step 2: You do not have to choose a source, the software has chosen it automatically for you in Step1. Just click “Step2” to select USB drive as destination path.

Destination Path


To save space, you can set backup scheme at the bottom of AOMEI Backuuper to automatically delete old backups.

System image backup allows you restore system image easily from USB if disaster happens. Before restoring system, you need to create a system repair disc or you can use AOMEI Backupper to create a bootable media using USB flash drive. Connect the bootable media to the computer. Start your computer and press a specific key (usually Del or F2) to boot into BIOS. Switch the bootable media as the first boot option.

It will bring you to the main interface of AOMEI Backupper. Click Restore at the interface of AOMEI Backupper and then check System Restore box, following the instruction step by step, you will make it.


AOMEI Backupper Server is a perfect backup and restore software. With it, you can create Windows Server 2012 backup to USB drive very easily.

Besides Windows Server 2012 (R2), AOMEI Backupper Server can also support Windows Server 2008/2008 R2/2003/2003 R2/2016 and Windows 7/8/8.1/10/XP/Visa.

Also, it has some features that Windows Server does not have. For example, AOMEI allows you to create incremental and differential backup. To save disk space, you can set compression backup.