The Scenario

When configure a backup using Windows Server Backup, you may receive an error that no disks are available for use as a backup storage destination.

No Disks

The Cause

Windows Server Backup won’t allow you to back up to the disks containing system or application data. If you are configuring a scheduled backup In Windows Server 2008, Windows Server Backup doesn’t allow you to create a scheduled backup to a network share folder or a dedicated volume. You have to specify an empty dedicated hard disk as a backup disk, so this Windows Server Backup no disks are available error is often met while using Windows Server 2008. Windows 2008 R2 and later versions of Windows Server support Scheduled Backup to an individual volume and a network share.

The Solution

To solve this problem, you can simply connect another hard drive as backup disk or specify an individual volume as backup target. If you don’t have another hard drives, there is a workaround. You can create a virtual hard drive (VHD) on your local drive or network share folder, and then you can specify the VHD as the target disk. VHD works as an individual hard drive, so you can use it for backup and restore.

To create VHD/VHDX in Disk Management:

  • Input”diskmgmt.msc” in the Run box and press Enter to open Disk Management.

  • Click Action and choose Create VHD option.

Create VHD

  • Click Browse to select a location where you want to save the VHD and disk size. Then click OK.

  • You go through Initialize Disk, and New Simple Volume.

Then you are free to select this VHD as backup target disk. If you need a virtual disk larger that 2TB, you need to select VHDX format. If this is not the way you want it done, you can try the third party backup software.

Backup server with backup software

AOMEI Backupper Server allows you to configure a one time or scheduled backup task to any folders (including share folder over NAS), volumes (including critical volumes), and disks that Windows File Explorer detects. It supports Windows Server 2003, 2008, 2008R2, 2012, and 2012R2. Let’s see how it works:

1. Download, install and launch this backup program. Select System Backup under Backup tab. If you want to back up the whole Server, you can select Disk Backup instead.


2. The program will automatically include the required partitions in the backup, so just click Step 2 to specify the destination location.


3. Click Schedule to specify a time to run the backup if you want to configure a scheduled backup. Under Advanced tab, you can choose to perform full/incremental/differential backups.


4. Click Start Backup to run the backup.

Start Backup

This backup can be used to restore to Servers with similar or dissimilar hardware. Using AOMEI Backupper as a Server backup solution totally leave the problem that no disks are available for use a backup destination behind.