By Ivy / Last Updated September 10, 2020

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, Windows Server 2008 recovery disk, Windows 2012 R2 repair disk, Windows Server 2016 recovery USB etc. Please note that you can only use Windows Server 2012 recovery disk to factory reset Windows Server 2012 or repair it, not for Windows server 2012 R2/2016/2019 or any previous version.

To avoid this problem, you could consider using third-party tool like AOMEI Backupper Server. With the help of it, you can create recovery disk on Windows Server 2012, but the disk can be applied to all of servers including server 2008/2012/2016/2019 and its R2 version.

Why Create Windows Server 2012 Repair Disk?

In most case, users may directly buy a server-based computer and use it without taking any unexpected things into consideration, Windows Server 2012, for example. 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 repair your computer. The same is true for other operating systems, such as, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows Server 2016 etc.

Method 1: Create Windows Server 2012 Recovery Disk for Single 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 7/2008 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 from the bootable media, then your computer will boot into Windows Server 2012 recovery mode. In the Windows setup screen, click Repair your computer > Troubleshoot > System Image Recovery subsequently and select the operating system - Windows Server 2012.

Click Repair Your Computer

Step 3. At the Re-image your computer screen, select the image created by Windows Server Backu. Then, click Next and follow the instructions until the last step.

① Windows installation disc can also be used to reinstall Windows Server 2012 without losing data, restore Windows Server 2012 backup to another machine, Windows Server 2012 R2 boot repair, Windows Server 2016 restore from backup, factory reset Windows Server 2016 etc.
②You can also perform Windows Server 2012 restore system state to repair your computer if your computer can still boot. Please note Server 2012 restore from restore point is not supported, because this feature is only supported on Windows 7/8/10.

Method 2: Create Recovery Disk for All Servers

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 2003/2008/2012/2016/2019 from backup. Also, the R2 version is supported.

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.

Create Bootable Meida

Step 2. Select Windows PE - Create bootable disc based Windows PE (Suggested). 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 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 4. 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.
① Boot from AOMEI PXE tool.
② Boot into Windows 10 recovery environment (you need to integrate AOMEI Backupper to Windows recovery environment first).

Restore Server 2012 from Backup


  • Create a system image on external hard drive using AOMEI Backupper Server.

  • Connect the external disk containing backup image and ensure it can be detected.

Step 1. Boot your computer with the recovery disk. In the loaded page of AOMEI Backupper Server, 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 and click Start Restore. It's suggested to tick "Universal Restore" if you want to perform Windows Server 2012 backup restore to different hardware.

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 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. Also, it offers unlimited billable technical services to clients and allows you to copy installation directory for portable version creation.


It's essential to create Windows Server 2012 recovery disk, because your computer may not always work well and you need to restore Windows Server 2012 from backup, 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 have multiple computers with different operating system, AOMEI Backupper Server will be a great choice for you. With it, you can create one recovery disk on any operating system and use it to repair computer with different operating system, inlcluding Windows Server 2003/2008/2012/2016/2019, and its R2 version.

In addition, you need to know that the backup image and recovery disk are indispensible for users to restore computer to an earlier date. And this software supports various backup solutions, such as, system backup, disk backup, file backup, incremental/differential backup, USB plug in, etc. Please download the free trial version to enjoy these features right now.