By Teresa / Last Updated February 27, 2020

Why need to backup C drive in Windows Server 2011?

The Server edition of Windows operating system is commonly used in enterprises. Windows Server 2011 includes Windows Home Server 2011 and Small Business Server 2011. The former is widely used in small and medium-sized companies to store or manage all data and information of staff and/or clients.

The latter is usually designed for a family to share family pictures, videos, and music or some common events. There is no doubt that the Server has a significant effect on both companies and families.

Normally, we won’t store data file such as pictures, videos, personal files, charts in system drive (C drive), then you would say there is no need to backup C drive, only backup data partitions will be OK.

However, most of the applications you used are installed in C drive for a better performance. System image will save you a lot of time to re-installing all the applications when you plan to re-install operating system someday. If you want to back up the entire disk, learn Disk Backup. And it better let Windows Server 2011 incremental backup everything.

What’s more, due to the insecurity network of nowadays, you cannot make sure that all your operations and all computers are far away from hackers, virus attack anywhere and anytime.

One should take precautions before it is too late because when the accident occurs, everything is gone. All in all, backing up C drive in Windows Server is important and it has to be done beforehand.

How to backup Windows Server 2011 with internal utility?

You can do a backup with Windows Server internal backup tool (take Small Business Server 2011 for example).

SBS 2011

1. Open Console and go Backup and Server Storage-> Configure server backup.

2. When you see Getting Start Wizard click Next.

3. Specify the backup destination drive and then click Next.

4. Label the destination drive or drives by using the Configure Server Backup Wizard, then click Next.

5. In the wizard, select drive or drives to back up, and then click Next.

6. Specify the backup schedule, then click Next.

7. Then you will see a pop-up dialog box Confirm backup details, click Configure and then click Next.

8. Click Yes-> Finish.

Note: You can backup to external storage devices that support USB 2.0 or IEEE 1394. Make sure that the size of the backup partition is less than 2TB.

If you have too many computers around this server or you need more powerful features to manage your server, please turn to professional Windows Server 2011 backup software. AOMEI Backupper Server is a comprehensive backup &restore &clone software designed for Windows Server OS.

You can easily handle it with its succinct interface as well as backup your Server fast and safely with its mighty function. Download AOMEI Backupper Server and have a try. Feel free to use it because it has a 30-day free trial.

Backup entire C drive with AOMEI Backupper

This program supports both WHS 2011 and SBS 2011, so do not worry about your Server edition. In the first place, install and launch AOMEI Backupper. If you want to backup Windows Server 2011 to external hard drive, insert the drive or drives in advance and make sure it can be detected by Windows.

Step 1. Select ‘System Backup’ under ‘Backup’ tab.

System Backup

Step 2. Select the destination path. The boot related partitions and C drive are selected by default. Then click ‘Start Backup’. If you want to backup Server 2011 to NAS, type in the path in this window.

Select Backup Destination


  • Options: You can configure General, Compression, Splitting, Intelligent Sector and VSS under this option.

  • Schedule: You can set schedule backup mode and some advanced options by ticking the box.

  • Scheme: You are enabled to manage disk space by deleting old backups automatically to save room on the hard drive if you tick this box.

With fewer moves and easy-to-use interface, you can backup C drive in Windows Server 2011 (both WHS and SBS edition). AOMEI Backupper is equipped with many helpful and powerful utilities.

For instance, you can clone your system to another drive with intact data using System Clone. Other utilities such as Incremental & Differential Backup, Schedule Backup, Universal Restore, Disk Clone etc. are embedded, too.

Other than Server 2011, AOMEI Backupper Server also supports backup C drive Server 2003, Server 2008, and Server 2012 as well as other Windows non-server operating systems, like Windows 7/8/8.1/10/XP/Vista.