How to Easily Clone Disk to Disk with Server Cloning Software?
Employ right Server cloning software and you can clone disk to disk on Windows Server 2019, 2016, 2012 (R2), 2008 (R2) or 2003.
It is common that users have a plan to clone hard drive on Windows Server. Generally speaking, users intend to clone disk under the following circumstances:
Upgrade hard drive without reinstallation: For better machine performance and user experience, you may want to upgrade your hard disk drive to solid-state drive; for more storage capacity, you plan to replace the small drive with a large one.
Migrate OS: When you want to have the same operating system configuration on another machine, you can transfer the OS to it.
Protect data and system: Cloning server hard drive makes it possible to replace the original hard drive when the disk is damaged or the operating system is damaged.
As mentioned in the above, there are many occasions where copying Server hard drive is necessary. Then, how can you clone disk to disk on Windows Server 2019/2016/2012 (R2)/2008 (R2)/2003?
Windows Server built-in function “copying” and “pasting” is limited to successfully transferring individual files like videos and photos and portable programs. As for operating system, if you just copy the folder, the OS will be unable to boot properly. Thus, in order to manage to transfer all the content including operating system, you can clone Server hard drive under the help of third party Server cloning software.
It is vital to apply proper cloning software to copy disk to disk in success for Windows Server 2019/2016/2012 (R2)/2008 (R2)/2003. With so much third-party software in the market, you may be confused about which to choose. Therefore, here offer four elements for reference:
Bootable clone: a good cloning tool should make it is available to boot from the cloned disk without failure after cloning hard drive with Windows Server installed.
Comprehensiveness: Great cloning software shall covering different demands about cloning Windows Server disk. It should allow you to clone disk to smaller one or clone a certain specific partition only.
Operability: If the sever cloning software is complicated even difficult to manipulate for users, it counts for nothing for most users even it owns powerful functions.
Compatibility: When the software is only suitable for one system, it will be abandoned once you upgrade or downgrade your system.
The next part will show you how to clone Server hard drive with one of the best Server cloning software AOMEI Partition Assistant Server. You can download its demo version to have a try!
Before cloning Server hard drive, the following work shall be completed:
Connect the external hard drive to your machine and ensure that it can be detected.
Defrag the hard drive if it is HDD to speed up the cloning process.
Access Disk Management and Initialize the new hard drive.
Then, you can clone disk to disk on Windows Server 2019/2016/2012 (R2)/2008 (R2)/2003 in accordance with the next detailed guide (Here take Windows Server 2012 hard drive cloning as an example.).
Step 1. To clone Windows Server 2012 hard drive, fire up the Server cloning software-AOMEI Partition Assistant Server. Select the disk that you intend to copy and click “Clone Disk” in the drop-down menu.
Step 2. Choose an appropriate way to copy Windows Server 2012 hard drive. Then, click “Next”
Step 3. Select a destination disk to clone the source disk to (When the target disk is SSD, tick the box before “Optimize the performance of SSD”
to align SSD partitions). Then, click “Next”.
Step 4. You can adjust the partition size on the target disk. Then, click “Next”.
Read the Note about how to boot OS from the cloned disk and keep it in mind.
Step 5. You will return to the main menu. Confirm the pending operations. Then click “Apply” and “Proceed”.
A reboot is required to clone system disk to disk on Windows Server.
After copying GPT disk to MBR, enter BIOS and enables Legacy.
Before cloning MBR disk to GPT, confirm that if your Windows system is 32bit or 64bit. If you use the Windows Server 32bit OS, it will be unable to boot after being cloned to the destination disk. Then, you need to upgrade your system to 64bit or convert GPT to MBR first, cause Windows 32bit OS can only boot from MBR. If your system is 64bit, you need to make sure that the motherboard supports EFI/UEFI, and then, enter BIOS to change Legacy to EFI/UEFI after cloning.
We can know that AOMEI Partition Assistant Server can copy disk to disk on Windows Server just within simple clicks. There is no doubt that it is great cloning software for Windows Server. Moreover, with lots of other useful features such as resize partition, allocate free space, recover lost or deleted partition, etc., it can help you to manage your disks and partition effectively and conveniently.