How to Clone Hard Drive on Windows Server 2016/2012/2008?

July 5, 2019

Here you can learn the detailed steps of how to clone hard drive on Windows Server 2016/2012/2008 with the great clone software AOMEI Backupper Server.

Why should you clone hard drive on Windows Server 2016?

Windows Server 2016 is the latest Windows Server operating system. Many users may upgrade their old Windows OS to Windows Server 2016 to try the latest technology. But no matter what system you are using, keep the data in safe must be the most important thing. But how to keep the data safe while there are so many factors that could get you in trouble with the hard drive. Once the data lose, you may get an enormous damage.

Besides, if you want to transfer the operating system to a lager hard drive, or if you want to change hard drive to a solid-state drive (SSD), clone hard drive to new hard drive or SSD on the Windows Server 2016 is a good idea.

How to clone hard drive on Windows Server 2016?

To clone hard drive on Windows Server 2016, there are many ways. Microsoft provides a serous methods to clone hard drive on Windows Server 2016. Like Windows Server Backup. You have to add it to your server first, then, you can open the Server Manager, select it in the Tools menu. The Windows Server Backup provides you “Backup Schedule” and “Backup Once”, you can choose them according to your requirements.

Both of them provide you two types of backup, “Full Backup” and “Custom”. To clone hard drive, you can select Custom, and click Add Items to backup the whole disk on the Windows Server 2016.

Add Items

However, use Windows Server Backup to clone hard drive has many limitations. For example, if you are cloning the hard drive to another one with different motherboard, or dissimilar processor , you may fail. So, to clone hard drive on Windows Server 2016, here we highly recommend you a Windows Server cloning software AOMEI Backupper Server.

Cloning hard drive Windows Server 2016 with AOMEI Backupper

AOMEI Backupper Server is a good software for Windows Server OSes including Windows Server 2016/2012 (R2)/2008 (R2)/2003, and all the Windows PC OSes. What’s the most important is to clone hard drive for your Windows with this software only needs a few steps.

Step1. Install and launch this software. If you will clone the hard drive to an external hard drive, plug it in and make sure it can be detected by the computer. Select the Clone on the left pane. It will show you the cloning types. To clone hard drive, select Disk Clone.

Disk Clone

Step2. You will move on to the page to select the source disk. Click Disk 0, then, click Next.

Source Disk

Step3.Then, you need to select the destinations disk to store the data. Select Disk 1, click Next.

Destination Disk

Step4. Here you are in the Operation Summary page, confirm the information, if it is no problem, click Start Clone.

Operation Summary

* There are three more options you can use to add other requirements. You can edit the partitions on the destination disk by clicking Edit Partitions. If you want to clone an exactly same bytes with the source disk, you can tick the box before Sector by sector clone, but you have to prepare a hard drive at least same large as source disk. SSD Alignment is for optimize the performance of SSD. If you are cloning hard drive to an SSD, you can check the box in order to get a better performance after cloning.

when the progress reaches 100%, click Finish to exit.

* If you are trying to clone content from GPT disk to MBR disk, you need to make sure that there are less than 4 primary partitions on the GPT disk, otherwise, you need to convert the MBR to GPT first.

Cloning hard drive on Windows Server 2016 with this Server cloning software is easier and simpler, an it is more flexible. You can use it to migrate OS, or to restore the whole hard drive when it is necessary. Besides cloning, it has many other utilities you can use to solve your problems.

If you want to protect unlimited PCs and servers within your company, you may choose AOMEI Backupper Technician Plus. It offers unlimited billable technical services to clients. It also enables you to copy installation directory for portable version creation.