By AOMEI / Last Updated February 27, 2020

What is GHOST?

GHOST stands for general hardware oriented system transfer. Meanwhile, it is a software developed by Symantec to backup files and systems. As time goes by, GHOST has become representative of data backup and restoring. To Ghost a hard drive means exactly cloning or backing up a hard drive.

The GHOST itself has stopped upgrading for long and thus there have been its replacements, among which is AOMEI Backupper Server, a useful and user-friendly software to ghost your hard drive in Windows Server 2008. It will be a helpful tool for any users to do the disk ghost work.

Take a hard drive ghost in Windows Server 2008

First, download AOMEI Backupper Server and install it. It has 30 days free trial, more than enough to complete a backup work.

Step 1. After openning AOMEI Backupper, you will see the clear interface. Choose Backup and you will be brought to the menu with several backup-related options. In order to ghost a hard drive, choose "Disk Backup".

Disk Backup

Step 2. In the next interface, click to select the hard drive you want to ghost (aka the source disk).

Select Disk


  • You can set the name of this Backup task in case you get confused later, for all the backed up files will be listed in the Home interface.

  • You can ghost multiple hard drives at the same time. You can add source disks by clicking "Add" on the lower left

Step 3. After the source disk is selected, you are supposed to select a location to store the ghost image file, such as an external hard drive, NAS, network drive, etc.

Select Backup Destination

You can also create a schedule to ghost hard drive regularly at a set frequency, such as daily, weekly, monthly.

Schedule Settings General

In Scheme, you can choose from several ways to manage backup disk space, including majorly Full Backup, Incremental Backup and Differential Backup. Full Backup is easy to understand. You can also click here to know more about the other two ways of backup if you have any problem understanding them.


About Backup Options:

1) General: You can write a comment to identify this backup, encrypt it for security and enable email notification to assure you its completion when you are unable to wait for it.

2) Compression: To determine how much the image file is to be compressed. The higher level of compression, the longer it will take to complete the backup.

3) Splitting: The image file can be set to be split into several parts of a certain size. Allowing the image to be stored in different partitions and other uses.

4) Intelligent Sector: This column gives you two type of backup. Intelligent Sector Backup means backing up only the used sector of the disk, reducing the time consumed and the size of the image. Exact Backup means backing up all sectors in the disk no matter they are used or not, which will, of course, take more time.

5) VSS: VSS stands for volume shadow copy service, a technique provided by Microsoft, allowing the program to keep running while it’s being backed up. Apart from VSS, you can also choose to use AOMEI’s built-in technique to do the same work.

Backup Settings General

Step 4. After all setting is done, click Start Backup to perform the operation. During the progress, you can also choose from several operations such as Shutting Down or Hibernate on its completion.

Start Backup

After the ghost of the hard drive on your Windows Server 2008 is finished, there will be one or multiple image files in the set location, with which you can restore the disk with Backupper whenever necessary. About the steps to restore the disk backup, you can refer to restoring tutorial.