[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.
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:
☞ 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.
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. To clone Windows Server 2012 hard drive, fire up the Server cloning software-AOMEI Partition Assistant Server. Click “Clone Disk” in the right 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”.
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.
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.