By Cherry / Last Updated January 21, 2020

Why Ghost Windows Server 2016 Hard Drive?

"I had installed Windows Server 2016 a few days ago, and now there are many important data on the hard drive. I am worried about whether it is safe on the hard drive, cause I had lost data once before. I try to ghost a hard drive on Windows Server 2016 to protect the data safe, but I’m confused how to ghost a hard drive on Windows Server 2016?"

To ghost a hard drive on Windows Server 2016 actually means to backup the hard drive. It can backup all the data stored on the hard drive. If there is something wrong with the hard drive, like hard drive broken, or virus attacks, etc, the data may be broken or lost, you can use the backup image to restore the whole data on the hard drive. For Windows Server 2016 users, how to ghost a hard drive became a hot topic.

Windows Server 2016 built-in ghost tool

Windows Server 2016, which is comparative with Windows 10. It does have a ghost tool named Windows Server Backup, but you need to install it before using it, which is complex. To get a simpler and easier way, here we highly recommend a third party software AOMEI Backupper. Or if you want to try the built-in tool, you can refer to this disk imaging software for Server 2016 guide to learn more.

Ghost Windows Server 2016 Hard Drive with AOMEI Backupper Server

AOMEI Backupper is a software specially designed for backup and restore within more simple way. Here you can use the AOMEI Backupper Server to ghost Windows Server 2016 hard drive, which only needs a few steps.

In addition, it lets you set multiple daily/weekly/monthly scheduled backup tasks and also supports incremental and differential backup to save both your time and storage space. First download the tool and follow the steps below to ghost hard drive in Windows Server 2016.

Step 1. Install and launch AOMEI Backupper Server. You will see its friendly interface with the main utilities. To ghost hard drive, click Disk Backup under the Backup tab.

Disk Backup

Step 2. Disk Backup will backup the whole data on the hard drive. And when you click Disk Backup, you will move to the disk backup page. Select the hard drive that you want to ghost. Click Add.

Select Disk

Step 3. Choose the destination place. Here, you can select the external hard drive or flash drive like USB, if you do not have those external hard drives, you can even store the backup images to network (Share NAS). After choosing the source disk and destination space, click Start Backup to launch the whole progress.

Select Backup Destination


  • Click Options to set compression level, many other backup options like email notification, encryption are available.

  • Click Schedule to set automatical backup task as well as enable incremental/differential backup.

  • You can also enable Disk Space Management by clicking Scheme to help you automatically delete the old backups as you wish.

When the progress reaches 100%, click Finish to exit. Thus, you have already ghosted the entire hard drive on your Windows Server 2016. If there is any trouble leads your data loss, you can use the image to restore the lost data.


As you can see, with AOMEI Backupper Server, you only need a few clicks to ghost a hard drive on Windows Server 2016. Actually, besides Windows Server 2016, AOMEI Backupper also supports ghost Windows Server 2000, 2003, 2008 (R), 2012 (R). If you do not want to ghost the whole disk, AOMEI Backupper provides you system backup, partition backup, file/folder backup to only backup things you need.

If you want to protect unlimited PCs and servers within your company, you may choose AOMEI Backupper Technician Plus. It offers unlimited billable technical services to clients. It also enables you to copy installation directory for portable version creation.