By Ivy / Last update November 2, 2021

What Is Windows Server 2012 Recovery Disk?

Windows Server recovery disk, also known as Windows Server 2012 repair disk, is a recovery tool that can troubleshoot your server computer in trouble. And it can be any bootable media (eg: USB flash drive, CD/DVD, a floppy drive). 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 recovery disk ISO file from Microsoft store and burn Window Server ISO to USB drive or CD/DVD. 

However, whether the installation disc or recovery disk created by ISO, both can only be used on the specific computer, so you need to create a recovery disk for every operating system. For example, you can use the Windows Server 2012 recovery disk to factory reset or repair Windows Server 2012, but it does not work for Windows server 2012 R2/2016/2019 or any previous version. Worse, you may confuse these recovery disks.

To avoid this problem, you could consider using third-party bootable media creator like AOMEI Backupper Server. With the help of it, you can create recovery disk for all the server computers simultaneously, including server 2003/2008(R2)/2012(R2)/2016/2019/2022, and then use it for repair. 

Why Create Windows Server 2012 Repair Disk?

In most case, users may directly buy a server-based computer, Windows Server 2012, for example and use it without taking any unexpected things into consideration. But no one can promise that it will work well in the future, and it may run into trouble owing to system crash, hard drive failure, virus attack, etc.

Why Create Windows Server 2012 Recovery Disk

Once your server 2012 runs into issues and becomes unbootable, you may need a Windows Server 2012 repair disk or installation disc. It is essential for you to start and repair your computer. The same is true for other operating systems, such as, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows Server 2016, Windows Server 2019 etc.

Method 1: Create Windows Server 2012 Recovery Disk ISO - for Specific Computer

In the following, I'll make use of ISO image file to create Windows Server 2012 repair disk. If you have the original Installation disc, you can skip the creation of repair disk and directly start to repair your computer. It's a repair disk itself. If not, please create one first. 

Create Windows Server 2012 Recovery Disk with ISO Image File

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 and Windows Server 2008 R2.

Step 2. Launch this software and click "Browse" to find the downloaded ISO file.

Choose ISO File

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

Step 4. Plug the USB drive into your computer and select it, then click Begin Copying. Then, this tool will format your USB device first, copy ISO files to your USB device and make it bootable.

When the process ends, you will have a Windows Server 2012 recovery disk. But you still need to check if the content of the recovery disk are exactly the same as the downloaded ISO file. 

Now, things are half done. To repair Windows Server 2012 step by step, you still need a full system image backup, or a bare metal  backup to allows you to perform bare metal restore to dissimilar hardware. In addition, automated system recovery in Windows Server 2012 is supported.

Restore from Windows Server Backup 

Step 1. Plug your Installation Disc or recovery USB into the optical drive. Then, connect the drive containing backup image to your computer and make sure it can be detected. 

Step 2. Boot your server 2012 from the bootable media, and then you will see the Windows Server 2012 recovery mode. Set the language and other preferences. 

Step 3. Then, click Repair your computer and then Troubleshoot System Image Recovery

System Image Recovery

Step 4. Select the listed operating system - Windows Server 2012.

Step 5. At the Re-image your computer screen, select the image created by Windows Server Backup. Then, click Next and follow the instructions until the last step.

① To reinstall Windows Server 2012(R2) without losing data, you need to backup the important files or folders in advance. 
②You can also perform Windows Server 2012 restore system state to repair your computer if your computer can still boot. 

Method 2: Create Windows Server 2012 Recovery Disk - Once and for All

Don't want to waste time creating recovery disk for all of your server computer? AOMEI Backupper Server can help you. With the help of its useful feature, Create Bootable Media, you can only create one recovery disk on any computer, Windows Server 2012, for example, and then use it to restore Windows Server 2003/2008(R2)/2012(R2)/2016/2019/2022 backup (created by this software). Also, the created media can also be used on Windows 7/8/8.1/10/11/XP/Vista.

Create Windows Server 2012 Recovery Disk with AOMEI Backupper Server

Step 1.  Download AOMEI Backupper Server, install and launch it. Then, click Tools > Create Bootable Media in order.

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Create Bootable Meida

Step 2. Select Windows PE - Create bootable disc based Windows PE (Suggested). The Windows PE-based bootable media can use all functions of AOMEI Backupper Server while Linux based bootable media only supports basic functions.


Step 3. Select bootable media among CD/DVD, USB Boot Device, Expert ISO file, and click "Next" to start the task.

Choose Bootable Media

Besides, here are another two ways to boot your computer.
① Boot from AOMEI PXE tool.
② Boot into Windows 10 recovery environment (you need to add an entry to AOMEI Backupper recovery environment first).

Restore Server 2012 from Backup

System image is indispensible for server users to restore Windows Server 2012, so please create a system image in Windows Server 2012 using AOMEI Backupper Server and save it to external hard drive. The same is true for other operating system. Then, connect the storage media to your computer and be sure it can be detected. 

Step 1. Boot your computer from Windows Server 2012 recovery disk. Then, you will see the deep-blue interface of AOMEI Backupper Server after loading, click Restore and Select Image File to find your backup.

Select Image File Winpe

Step 2. Tick Restore this system backup and click Next.

Select Backup Image

Step 3. Preview your source partition and destination partition, then click Start Restore to restore the system image. If you are performing Windows Server 2012 backup restore to different hardware, it's suggested to tick "Universal Restore" to ensure secure boot.

Restore with Windows Server 2012 Recovery Disk

① AOMEI Backupper Server only restore system image or disk image created by AOMEI Backuper. Please don't use this software to restore system image created by Windows Server Backup.
② To protect unlimited PCs and servers within your company, you could use AOMEI Backupper Technician Plus. Also, it offers unlimited billable technical services to clients and allows you to copy installation directory for portable version creation.


Windows Server 2012 recovery disk is essential for every server users, because it can help you troubleshoot or repair your computer when it fails to boot. Also, you can restore Windows Server 2012 from backup to get your computer back, even bare metal restore to dissimilar hardware. The same applied to create Windows Server 2008 recovery disk, Windows Server 2012 R2 recovery USB, Windows recovery 2016 recovery disk etc.

Both given methods can help you, but the first method is limited to one specific server computer. Therefore, if you want a once and for all method to create repair disk that can be used on different computers with different operating system, AOMEI Backupper Server will be a great choice for you. And the created recovery disk by it can be used on any computer, even Windows 7/8/8.1/10/11/XP/Vista. 

In addition, this software is still a Windows Server Backup software to help users protect their server by its complete backup solutions, including system backup, disk backup, partition backup, file backup, daily/weekly/monthly scheduled backukp, incremental/differential backup, event triggers, USB plug in, etc. Please download the free trial version to enjoy these features right now.