By AOMEI / Last Updated March 4, 2020

Why clone hard drive in Windows Server 2011

To clone hard drive means to copy all things completely from one hard disk to another through software or hardware. You may need clone a hard drive in the situation like upgrading or restoration. It is like a full backup of OS (operating system) and installed software so that you can use them immediately on a new drive without reinstallation. When you do a system recovery, hard drive clone can also be used. It will clear original contents and restore system with the image file as well as eliminating the computer virus which remain in the hard disk.

Windows SBS 2011 is often used by enterprises. Thus, there must be a lot of important files. While for Windows Home Server 2011 users, you probably save many precious family photos, favourite musics, videos, etc. No matter which one, in order to avoid data loss resulted from system crash, virus or human errors, to clone hard drive is one of the ideal choices.

The Best disk cloning software for Windows Server: AOMEI Backupper

If you are looking for a professional Server hard drive cloning tool, AOMEI Backupper Server Edition which is especially designed for Server systems gives a help. It’s not only a data protection and disaster recovery program, but also an advanced disk/partition cloning software.

Windows SBS 2011/2003/2008, Server 2003/2008/2012 and all Windows PC systems are supported. With its concise procedures, even a computer noob can deal with it easily. Now let’s see how to clone hard drive in Windows Server 2011. Actually these steps apply to other systems like Windows Server 2003 and Windows Server 2008 and so on.

How to clone hard drive in Windows Server 2011 with AOMEI Backupper

Things need know before

  • You can clone a large disk to a small one. The prerequisite is that the destination disk has enough space to accommodate all valid data on the source disk. AOMEI Backupper will check this problem in advance.

  • All data on the destination disk will be covered so you’d better back up those important data before.

  • If the destination disk is a dynamic disk, you should convert dynamic disk to basic disk first.

Step 1. Install and Launch AOMEI Backupper Server. Click Disk Clone.

Choose Disk Clone

Step 2. Select the source disk.

Select Mbr Disk

Step 3. Select the destination disk.

Select Gpt Disk

Step 4. Confirm settings then start clone.

Tick Ssd Alignment

Tips: "Edit partitions on the destination disk" is capable to resize partition. "Sector by sector clone" will copy all data whether used or not. Ticking "Align partition to optimize for SSD" can accelerate the reading and writing speed when the destination disk is SSD.

Step 5. Click “Finish” When the progress bar reach 100%.

Under the help of AOMEI Backupper , you’re able to realize almost all operations just by a few of clicks. Apart from cloning hard drive in Windows Server 2011/2008/2003, AOMEI Backupper offers you other helpful functions like System Backup, Create Bootable Media and so on.