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Why need to create Windows Server 2016 recovery disk?

Generally speaking, what situations do you need to create Windows Server 2016 recovery disk?

When you buy a brand-name computer, it comes with installation disk and recovery disk. After a period of time, you find your computer works well and you throw away your installation disc and recovery disk because of space saving. Or you lost them after you move to a new place. Or maybe your computer does not have an installation disk and recovery disk.

Oops, something unexpected happened to your computer, like system crash, hard disk failure. You cannot boot your computer, and you didn’t do Windows Server 2016 system state backup before.. What can you do?

In this case, you need to troubleshoot computer. Therefore, it is critical to have a media like installation disk and recovery disk. Next, I will introduce two ways to create Windows Server 2016 recovery disk.

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You can also create recovery disk with FreeISOBurner.

Download FreeISOBurn. Insert your CD-rom, and then launch FreeISOBurner, click "Open" button to add the ISO file, choose your disc (CD/DVD or Blu-ray Disk) in the drive section. Click "Burn" to burn the ISO file, after a while it will be completed.

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Repair Windows server 2016 with recovery disk

After you have created recovery disk, when your computer cannot boot, you can use recovery options to recover your computer. eg. use command prompt for advanced troubleshooting. Or use system image recovery.

If you want to recover Windows using a specific system image file, you still need a system image backup.

Suppose you have created a system image backup. Let’s see how to repair Windows Server 2008/2012/2016 with a recovery disk.

Step 1: Insert your USB bootable disk into the optical drive. Boot from USB bootable disk. Here comes the interface of Windows Setup screen, click Repair your computer at down left corner.

Repair Your Computer

Step 2: Click Troubleshoot button, then choose System Image Recovery in the advanced options

System Image Recovery

Step 3: Choose an account and enter the password if any. Then Reimage your computer will launch. There are two options you can choose: use the latest available system image or select a system image. Click one and click Next.

Select a System Image Backup

Step 4: Click Finish and then Yes at the final Re-image your Computer confirmation. The restore process will begin and could take from a few minutes to a few hours.

By the way, this method can be also used in creating Windows Server 2008/2012/R2 recovery disk.

However, if you use Windows Server 2008 Installation Disc and system image backup to restore your Windows Server 2012, you will fail.

In this case, you can try a third party software to create a recovery disk and use it to restore your computer.

An easy way to create bootable recovery disk

AOMEI Backupper Server, a professional disk backup and system restore software. You can use it to restore system even your hard drive dies completely. Also, with universal restore feature, it allows you to restore system image to another different computer.

What’s more, AOMEI Backupper Server supports Windows Server 2003/2008/2012/2016. With one Windows Server recovery disk, you can apply it to all the Windows Server operating system.

Let’s take a look at how to create a bootable recovery disk with AOMEI Backupper Server.

Step 1: Download AOMEI Backupper Server and open this software.

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Step 2: Click Tools and select Create Bootable Media.

Create Bootable Media

Step 3: Choose the type of emergency bootable disc that you are trying to create. It is recommended to create bootable disc based on Windows PE because it provides more flexible and convenient operations than Linux bootable disc, and enables you to boot from both legacy/MBR and UEFI/GPT modes.



Step 4: Select a Bootable Media among Burn to CD/DVD, USB Boot Device, Expert ISO file, then click Next to run the pending process. Here take USB as an example.

USB Boot Device

It only takes you a few clicks and several minutes to create bootable media. After creating a USB bootable media, you may wonder how to recover Windows Server 2016. Let’s take a look at how to restore your Windows Server 2016.

Restore Windows Server 2016

Step 1: Insert your USB recovery disk into your Windows server 2016. Start your computer and press a specific key (usually Del or F2) to boot into BIOS. Switch the bootable media as the first boot option.

Step 2: After loading the main page of AOMEI Backupper, find the system backup task in the Home tab. Expand its drop-down menu and select Restore.

Step 3: In the next window, select Restore this system backup and click Next.

Restore Entire Backup

Step 4: Review your Source Partition and Destination Partition, then click Start Restore.

Tip: If you want to restore system to different hardware, you need to tick Enable Universal Restore.

To protect system and data, creating Windows Server 2016 recovery disk is quite necessary. And with AOMEI Backupper, you can do this effortlessness. After creating a recovery disk, you can restore your computer even it cannot boot.

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.