[Stepwise Guide] Clone Hard Drive via Server Cloning Software

This paper shows a great Server cloning software and how to clone hard drive in Windows Server securely and effortlessly.


By Bryce / Updated on June 12, 2024

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Why need Server cloning software?

After daily usage, your Windows Server hard drive will one day reach its life span. No matter how frequently you clean your disks, you'll need a better disk to replace the old one. Cloning can save all the cumbersome of reinstalling and data loss. Generally speaking, users intend to clone the Windows Server 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 a 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 the server hard drive makes it possible to replace the original hard drive when the disk is damaged or the operating system is damaged.

In fact, Whether you're upgrading your hard drive, migrating the operating system, or protecting your data and system, cloning offers a convenient solution. However, Windows Server doesn't provide a built-in cloning utility, which is why you need reliable third-party software.


Overall & professional cloning software for Windows Server

Then, how can you clone the hard drive in Windows Server? Windows 2022/2019/2016/2012 (R2)/2008 (R2)/2003 doesn't offer professional cloning utility for users. And Windows Server's built-in function “copying” and “pasting” is limited to successfully transferring individual files like videos and photos and portable programs.

As for the operating system, if you just copy the folder, the OS will be unable to boot properly. Thus, to manage to transfer all the content including the operating system, it's time to resort to third-party Windows Server cloning software. 

To complete disk-to-disk copy in Windows 2022/2019/2016/2012 (R2)/2008 (R2)/2003, it's highly recommended to use this great cloning utility, AOMEI Partition Assistant Server due to the following highlights:

☞  Bootable clone: It is available to boot Windows Server from the cloned disk without failure after cloning the hard drive with Windows Server installed using AOMEI Partition Assistant Server.
☞ Comprehensiveness: It covers different demands about cloning Windows Server disks. It should allow you to clone a disk to a smaller one, migrate OS to another drive, or clone a certain specific partition only.
☞ Operability: AOMEI Partition Assistant Server not only owns a powerful function but is also easy to use for most users. 
☞ Compatibility: It can work with all editions of Windows Server 2022/2019/2016/2012 (R2) /2008 (R2)/2003, thus you don't need to abandon it when you upgrade to Server 2022 from 2019 or downgrade your system.

What's more, the software offers a demo version for you to preview and simulate all operations. You can click the following button to download the demo version. 

Free DownloadServer 2022/2019/2016/2012 (R2)/2008 
Secure Download

Detailed steps on how to clone disk to disk on Windows Server

Before you clone a hard drive on Windows Server, the following work shall be completed.

1. Connect the SSD or HDD to your machine and you may need a SATA-to-USB cable if it doesn't have an extra slot.
2. Remove all unnecessary files on the source disk to speed up the cloning process. 
3. Access Disk Management and Initialize the new hard drive.

Then, you can clone disk to disk on Windows Server 2022/2019/2016/2012 (R2)/2008 (R2)/2003 by the next detailed guide (Here take Windows Server 2012 hard drive cloning as an example.)

Step 1. Install and launch AOMEI Partition Assistant, click "Clone" in the main interface and select "Clone Disk".

Disk Copy

Step 2. Choose the hard disk that you need to clone as the source disk and click "Next".

Copy Disk in Windows 10 Quickly

Step 3. Select the destination disk to store the data on the source disk, and then click "Next".

Seleect Destination Disk

Step 4. Then, you can check the source and destination disk in the next window or change to “Sector to Sector clone”, and click the "Confirm" button to continue if there is no problem.

Edit Disk

Here, you can also click the "Settings" button to adjust the partition size on the destination disk or tick "4k alignment" to improve the reading and writing speed of SSD if the target disk is an SSD drive.


Step 5. At last, click "Apply" and "Proceed" in the main interface to start cloning the hard drive.


Notice: A reboot is required to clone the system disk to disk on Windows Server.

What to do after cloning the Server hard drive?

After you clone a Windows system hard drive to SSD or HDD, you need to set up the new hard drive as the boot drive. Here are the detailed steps to complete the operation.

Step 1. Restart your PC and enter a functional key (usually, the key is F2 or Del) to enter BIOS. 

Step 2. Use arrow keys to select the new cloned SSD or HDD as the first boot drive. Then, save the changes and exit from the BIOS. 

Change Boot Priority

Step 3. And you can make the PC boot from the new cloned drive. 

Note:  If you clone the MBR disk to the GPT disk, you need to change Legacy to EFI/UEFI as well. 


We can know that AOMEI Partition Assistant Server can copy disk to disk on Windows Server with just a simple click. There is no doubt that it is great cloning software for Windows Server. Moreover, with lots of other useful features such as resizing partitions, allocating free space, recovering lost or deleted partitions, etc., it can help you to manage your disks and partition effectively and conveniently. 

And there is the AOMEI Partition Assistant Unlimited edition for companies and organizations. It has all functions of the Server version and offers the "Create Portable Version" function, which creates AOMEI Partition Assistant to a removable device, and then you can connect the device to other computers and run PA from the device without installation.

Bryce · Staff Editor
Bryce is an editor of AOMEI Technology, he covers backup & restore, hard disk & partitions management, cloud files transfer, website & database backup and so on for AOMEI. He enjoys helping people find solutions to their problems. He loves traveling, Sleeping, reserching and so on. He enjoys helping people find solutions to their problems. He loves traveling, Sleeping, reserching and so on. He would like to spend all time on reaserching computer problems. He is a very cute boy.