By AOMEI / Last Updated February 25, 2020

About Windows Server 2019

Windows Server 2019, a part of the Windows NT family of operating systems, is the latest version of the Server operating system by Microsoft. It is built on the strong foundation of Server 2016 but with more features than Server 2016.

Gratifyingly, Server 2019 has made numerous innovations on four key themes: Hybrid Cloud, Security, Application Platform and Hyper-Converged Infrastructure (HCI). This is why more and more organizations or companies are willing to upgrade to Windows Server 2019.

Why need to clone C drive in Server 2019?

As you know, C drive (C:) is the main hard drive partition that contains the operating system, related system files, user profile, and other applications, etc. As the number of Server 2019 users’ increases, the need to clone C drive in Server 2019 is also increasing. Generally speaking, 3 aspects are responsible for this action.

  • Clone C drive to a new computer. The most common situation is that you bought a new computer, but reinstalling Server 2019 on the new computer is a troublesome job. However, C drive clone can get rid of system reinstallation.

  • Clone C drive to external hard drive for a larger capacity. It is very common that C drive or the drive where the C drive is located is filled up. At this time, you have to transfer data from C drive to a new larger drive.

  • Clone C drive to another drive for a much better performance. Using SSD for OS and HDD for storage is the best arrangement for hard drives. Compared to hard disk drive, solid-state drive has more merits like lighter volume, faster speed, and lower consumption, etc. Thus, many users would rather clone C drive to SSD in Server 2019.

The best software to clone C drive in Server 2019

To make this task as easy as possible, a professional and reliable utility has been developed – AOMEI Backupper Server. It allows you to clone C drive to another drive in Windows Server 2003, 2008, 2012, 2016 (including R2), 2019, SBS 2003, 2008, 2011 and Windows PC systems as well as their previous versions.

What’s more, cloning C drive to smaller drive is also supported by this software because it will clone only used part of C drive by default. Disk clone, system clone and partition clone are available.

Compared to partition clone, system clone will choose C drive and boot related partitions like System Reserved Partition automatically at the same time. Therefore, you can boot OS from cloned drive successfully later. Let's see how it works.

Detailed steps of copying C drive to another drive in Server 2019

Before cloning, connect the new drive to your computer and make sure it can be detected by Server 2019. All data on the new drive will be overwritten after cloning. You’d better do a disk backup of the new drive before you start.

Step 1. Install and open this Windows Server clone software. Select System Clone under Clone tab.

Choose System Clone

Step 2. Choose a target partition to clone C drive. Then click Next.

Choose Destination Partition

Step 3. Confirm the operations. Then choose Start Clone.

System Clone Preview Align Checked

Step 4. Now, you can change boot order in BIOS or replace old hard drive to boot from the cloned drive. The second method is recommended.


  • Sector by sector clone means the program will clone all sectors no matter it is used or not. You can click this feature in Step 3 to recover formatted and deleted data on C drive. It should be noticed that the destination drive should be equal to or larger than C drive.

  • If you want to transfer C drive to SSD, you can click Align partition to optimize for SSD in Step 3 to improve the performance of the SSD.

  • The original C drive will not be wiped out. You can use it as a backup or a secondary storage.


From the above you can see that all the steps are very easy to learn, even for a beginner. By the way, the cloning process will not interrupt the operations that are running, so you can do your work while cloning.

Why not use AOMEI Backupper Server to clone C drive in Server 2019? Apart from copying C drive in Server 2019, this utility is also working well when you need to clone hard drive in Windows Server 2019. Give it a chance! See if it's suitable!