By Lily / Last update March 30, 2021

Why need to backup Windows Server 2016 to an external hard drive?

There are so many advantages for backing up Windows Server 2016 to an external hard drive. First, it can protect your data’s safety from the accident of hard drive broken. Once the hard drive broken, all the data on the disk would be lost, and that would make a large damage. But the backup data on the external hard drive is safe and sound. Thus, you can use this external hard drive with the backup image to instead of the broken one. 

Second, if you are going to install a new computer with Windows Server 2016, you can use this external hard drive to do a universal restore instead of installing a brand-new system and applications, which would save a lot of time. 

Third, business secret is important to companies. if it stored on the computer directly, it may be damaged or stolen by hackers. Thus, to keep it on an external hard drive is a safe way.

Windows Server Backup of Windows Server 2016

Windows Server 2016 has a backup tool called Windows Server Backup, which provides you to do a local backup for your data. But it isn’t installed in default. In order to use it to do backup for Windows Server 2016, here you must install it before. After installing it, you can search “backup” and open it, or you can click Start menu, select Server Manager, then, click Windows Server Backup at the bottom of Tools to use it.

Windows Server Backup

Then, you can choose “Backup schedule...”, or “Backup Once...” at the Actions pane according to your requirements.

Select Backup Type

Then, you can follow the wizard to back up step by step. To backup Windows Server 2016 to external hard drive, you can select the destination place.

Backup Destination

After all the settings, you can backup your Windows Server 2016 to an external hard drive after confirmation. But with so many operations, don’t you think it is multifarious? The next chapter will introduce you an easier way.

Backup Windows Server 2016 to external hard drive easier

Using an external hard drive to backup Windows Server 2016, here we highly recommend you take use of AOMEI Backupper Server, a good backup and restore software specially for Windows Server system including Windows Server 2016/2012/2008, etc. Preparing an external hard drive, which is enough to store the backup image, and make sure that it can be detected. If not, you should initialize disk or format it into NTFS file system. Then, you can use this software to backup Windows Server 2016 to it.

Step 1. Click the download button below to install AOMEI Backupper Server and then launch it. It will show you its deep-blue GUI. Click Backup, and you will see the backup types here. Select System Backup.

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System Backup

Step 2. The System Backup will select the source part by default, so here, you just need select the external hard drive you plugged before as the destination space to store the whole data on the system drives.

Select Backup Destination

Options: you can add a comment for your backup, and make password protection for your backup, etc.
Schedule: you can set up an automatic backup in Windows Server 2016 for daily, weekly, monthly, or based on events, etc. And you can choose to create a full backup, incremental or differential backup for Windows Server 2016 here. 
Scheme: you can have old backup images deleted automatically based on certain deletion mechanism.

Step 3. Click Start Backup to submit the pending operations.

Besides backup Windows Server 2016 to external hard drive, AOMEI Backupper Server provides many other features, such as clone hard drive on Windows Server, backup only one partition, create Windows Server repair disk, etc. It should be the best software for keeping your data safe.