By Dervish / Last Updated August 15, 2023

What is Windows Server 2022?

Windows Server 2022

Windows Server 2022 is a server operating system released by Microsoft on November 5, 2021. Windows Server 2022 includes three editions: Standard Edition, Data Center Edition and Data Center Azure Edition. This generation of Windows Server not only continues the strong foundation of Windows Server 2019, but also brings three important innovations: Advanced multi-layer security, Hybrid capabilities with Azure, and a Flexible application platform. It is a significant milestone for the Windows Server community and the wider ecosystem.

Why clone Windows Server 2022 to new hard drive?

Windows Server 2022 is the latest Windows server operating system. Many users want to experience Windows Server 2022 and use it as their operating system. People usually want to clone Windows Server 2022 for the following reasons:

Migrate Windows Server 2022 to other computers. If you are going to let Windows Server 2022 run on other computers, you can avoid reinstallation by cloning.
Replace the HDD for better performance. As we all know, the read and write speed of SSD is faster than HDD. You can clone Windows Server 2022 to SSD to make it run more smoothly.
Create a Windows Server 2022 backup. In order to avoid data loss caused by hard disk damage or failure, it is necessary for enterprises to back up Windows Server 2022.

You may know that you can clone Windows Server 2022 through a built-in tool called Windows Server Backup, which uses the form of backup to complete the cloning. But this method is more troublesome and error-prone, and is only suitable for professional technicians.

Step-by-Step: How to clone Windows Server 2022

I will recommend you a very professional cloning software—AOMEI Partition Assistant Server, which is designed for Windows Server users. This cloning tool allows you to clone Windows Server 2022 to another HDD/SSD in a few simple steps without reinstalling.

Other highlights about AOMEI Partition Assistant Server:
It supports Windows Server 2022, Server 2019, Server 2016, Server 2012(R2), Server 2008(R2), 2003.
It allows you to clone the system disk from MBR/GPT to MBR/GPT.
If you just want to clone Windows Server 2022 to the new hard drive, you can try the Migrate OS to SSD feature. In addition, there are other features that can help you manage Windows Server easily and safely.
It supports cloning a larger disk to a smaller disk.

Please download the Demo version for a free trial to see how to clone Windows Server 2022 to new hard drive (Demo version can only preview the results, cannot submit the operation).

Download Demo server 2022/2019/2016/2012/2008/2003
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What to do before cloning:
1. Please connect the new hard drive to your server PC first and make sure it is recognized by the PC. You may need a SATA to USB cable, if the PC host slot supports multiple hard drives, you can install the hard drives into the slot.
2. If it is a brand new unused hard disk, please initialize hard drive first, otherwise the hard disk will not be recognized.

Step 1. Install and run AOMEI Partition Assistant Server. You can see the current status of all hard disks on the main interface, right-click the system disk you are going to clone, and then click "Clone Disk".

Clone Disk

Step 2. In this step you can choose the way to clone Windows Server 2022. “Clone Disk Quickly” is recommended here.

Clone Disk Quickly

Clone Disk Quickly - Clone only the used space of the hard disk, which consumes less time. The target hard disk can be smaller than the source disk.
Sector-by-Sector Clone - Clone all sectors to the target disk. The target disk must be greater than or equal to the source disk.

Step 3. Select the new hard drive you have prepared as the target disk. If it is SSD, you can check “Optimize the performance of SSD” and click “Next”.

Choose Disk 2

Step 4. You can edit disk size on the destination disk. When you finish, click “Next”.

Editor Disk

Step 5. It will show you a note about how to boot from the cloned drive after cloning. Read it and remember it. Click “Finish”.

Boot Operating System

Step 6. You will be back to the main interface, click “Apply” to submit the whole progress.

Click Proceed

After cloning Windows Server 2022 to the new hard disk, if you want to start it on the same computer or another computer, you need to change the startup sequence.

Step 1. Install the hard disk into the computer and start the computer. When the screen appears, press the shortcut key (usually F1, F2, F3, F5 or Delete) to enter “BIOS Setup”.

Step 2. Then select “Change boot order” and set the cloned new disk as the boot drive. Then, restart the PC to boot Windows Server 2022 from the new hard drive.

Change Boot Order

Bonus tip: Migrate only Windows Server 2022 to a new disk

The previous method was to clone the entire system disk to a new hard drive. If you only need to clone the system partition where Windows Server 2022 is located to the new hard drive, you can refer to the following practices:

Open AOMEI Partition Assistant Server first, click “Clone” in the top toolbar, and choose “Migrate OS”. Then you can follow the simple instructions to perform each step.

Migrate OS to SSD


This is the whole process of clone Windows Server 2022 to new hard drive. With the help of AOMEI Partition Assistant Server, you can clone disk easily. More advanced features are waiting for you to unlock.

Last but not least, there is AOMEI Partition Assistant Technician Edition for IT professionals, system administrators, technicians. Its Create Portable Version allows you to carry AOMEI Partition Assistant with you, allowing you to solve various disk partition problems flexibly and quickly.