By Ivy / Last Updated June 22, 2020

What is Windows Server 2012 recovery disk?

Windows Server recovery disk is a recovery tool that can troubleshoot your server computer. And it can be any bootable media (eg: USB flash drive, CD/DVD, a floppy drive). For example, in general, if there is an installation disc coming with your computer, you can use it as a recovery disk. If not, you can download Windows Server 2012 (R2) recovery disk ISO file from Microsoft store and burn it to a USB drive or CD/DVD.

However, whether the installation disc or recovery drive created by ISO, both can only be used on the specific computer. That’s to say, you cannot use a Windows Server 2008 (R2) recovery disk to restore your server 2012 (R2). At the same time, you can only use Windows Server 2012 (R2) recovery disk to restore your server 2012 (R2).

To avoid this problem, you can create a recovery disk with third-party tool like AOMEI Backupper Server which can be applied to all your computer including server 2008/2012/2016/2019 and its R2 version.

Why create a Windows Server 2012 repair disk?

In most case, users may directly buy a server-based computer and use it. And the majority of users never take any unexpected things into consideration. But no one can promise that the computer will work well in the future. Your computer may run into problem owing to system crash, hard drive failure, virus attack, etc.

Once your computer runs into issues and becomes unbootable, you may need a bootable media whether Installation disc or recovery disk. It is essential for you to repair your computer.

How to create Windows Server 2012 recovery disk with ISO and repair your computer?

Every operating system needs a recovery disk, Windows Server is not an exception. See Below, I will show you how to create a Windows Server 2012 recovery disk and repair your computer step by step.

Create Windows Server 2012 recovery disk

When it comes to creating a recovery disk, many users will think about creating a recovery disk for Windows 10/8/7 first. And just a few people will think about creating a recovery disk for Server. However, it's still really essential for Windows Server.

If you have the original Installation disc, you can skip the process of creating a repair disk and directly start to repair your computer. It's a recovery disk itself. If not, you need to download Windows Server 2012 ISO file first from Microsoft Store. If you already have, let's talk about the specific steps.

Step 1. Download Windows 7 USB DVD download tool. This tool works perfectly for Windows Server 2012 largely. Because the installation system used by Windows hasn't really changed since Windows 7/2008 R2.

Step 2. Launch it and click "Browse" to find your ISO file

Choose ISO File

Step 3. Select USB device and click "Next" .

Step 4. Plug your media into your computer and select it, then click Begin Copying to create Windows Server 2012 recovery disk. After that, this tool will format your USB device first, then copy ISO files to your USB device and make it bootable.

Step 5. After all finish, you can see the content of your recovery disk and ensure it's exactly the same as your ISO file.

Now, you have a recovery disk. And you still need a system image backup if you want to restore Windows Server 2012. If you do not have a system image backup, you need to create a bare metal backup first.

If you want to create a Windows Server 2008 recovery disk or other versions, you need to download the corresponding ISO and follow the steps above.

How to repair Windows Server 2012 (R2) step by step?

Step 1. Plug your Installation Disc/ USB bootable disk into the optical drive. Connect the drive contain system image or disk image to your computer and make sure it can be detected.

Step 2. Boot from your Installation Disc/ USB bootable disk.

Step 3. At the Windows setup screen, click Repair your computer.

Click Repair Your Computer

Step 4. Select Troubleshoot.

Step 5. Select System Image Recovery.

Step 6. Select the Windows System, such as Windows Server 2012/2012 R2/2016/2019/2008.

Step 7. At the Re-image your computer screen, select the image you made before.

Step 8. Click Next and follow the instructions until the last step.

In most case, the recovery disc is locked to the computer it came with. So if you use Windows Server 2008 Installation Disc and system image backup to restore your Windows Server 2012, you will fail.

If that's your case, you can try server backup software to create a recovery disk and use it to restore your computer.

How to create a recovery disk for server 2012 and use it?

To create recovery disk for all servers, AOMEI Backupper Server can help you. It supports all servers, including server 2003/2008/2008 R2/2012/2012 R2/2016/2019. The most important thing is that you can create a recovery on any server-based computer and use it on all servers. That's to say, you do not need to create recovery disk for every version operating system, and restore one by one. Besides, you still can create recovery disc for Linux system.

In the following, I'll use Windows Server 2012 recovery disk as an example. Let's start to create repair disk in Windows Server 2012 and use it to restore your computer.

Create Windows Server 2012 recovery disk with AOMEI Backupper Server

Step 1. Download AOMEI Backupper Server, install and launch the server backup software.

Step 2. click Home, then select Tools and Create Bootable Media on the pop-up window.

Create Bootable Meida

Step 3. Select Bootable Disc Type according to your needs. Linux based bootable media only allows you to use basic functions of AOMEI Backupper while Windows PE-based bootable media can use all functions.


Step 4. Select a boot mode between UEFI and Legacy BIOS. In general, the recommended option is your computers' boot mode. Because this software can detect the boot mode of your computer.


Step 5. In this window, select the storage media shown in the following pictures, and click Next. You have 3 options, including, CD/DVD, USB Boot Device, Expert ISO file.

Choose Bootable Media

Besides, here are another two ways to boot your computer.

How to use recovery disk in Windows Server 2008(R2), 2012 (R2), 2016, 2019?

As mentioned above, recovery disk created by AOMEI Backupper Server can be used on all servers, including Server 2008, 2012, 2016, 2019 and its R2 version. So, the recovery disk created on Server 2012 not only can be used to restore Server 2012, but also can be used on Server 2008, Server 2008 R2, 2012 R2, 2016, 2019.

All the steps on different servers are very similar, so you can use the following steps as a reference.

Step 1. Boot your computer with the recovery disk.

Step 2. Connect external hard drive which contains your backup image to your computer.

Step 3.Click Restore after loading the main page of AOMEI Backupper.

Step 4. Click "Select Image File" to find your backup.

Select Image File Winpe

Step 5. Tick Restore this system backup and click Next.

Select Backup Image

Step 6. Preview your source partition and destination partition, then click Start Restore. If you are restoring Server 2012 to different computer, it's recommended to tick "Universal Restore" feature to ensure secure boot.

Restore with Windows Server 2012 Recovery Disk

Note: This version can only be used on up to 5 servers, so 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.


No one can promise that the computer will work properly forever. Thus, It's essential to create Windows Server 2008/2012 (R2)/2016/2019 recovery disk. With it, you can restore your computer even if it is unbootable.

Compared with an Installation disc, recovery disk created by AOMEI Backupper is better. You only need to create one and it can be applied to Windows Server 2003/2008/2012/2016/2019, including its R2 version. To protect crucial data on Server better, the 3-2-1 backup plan is also recommended.