Why Clone Hard Drive in Windows Server 2019
As you know, a clone is an exact copy of the source data. When it comes to hard drive cloning, it means to copy every bit of information from one hard drive to another drive that can be directly used.
Users now rely heavily on hard drive clone because it brings them many benefits, especially in the following 2 cases:
Upgrade hard drive without reinstalling Windows. No one can avoid a disk upgrade, because sooner or later you will encounter insufficient disk space, poor computer performance, hard drive crash, etc. And since many users woundn't want to reinstalling Windows Server 2019 and apps while replacing old drive. Hard drive cloning seems like a one-and-done solution to save time and effort.
Protect data security. In case of data loss caused by system crash or virus attack, you can clone the hard drive of Windows Server 2019 as backup. Compared to manual copy & paste, cloning is not only easier and faster, but also provides greater assurance of data integrity.
Clone Windows Server 2019 with Easy and Secure Software
A common method to migrate Windows Server from one disk to another is system image backup and recovery - it does work in some cases, and you can accomplish it with the built-in utility Windows Server Backup. However, since the operation involves both backup and restore, it makes the process more complicated, and more error-prone.
In contrast, a direct disk cloning can make things much easier, but Microsoft doesn't offer this function. Fortunately, the professional cloning software - AOMEI Backupper Server can fill the gap of Windows features. It has an user-friendly interface and can clone disk in Windows Server 2019 with the following benefits:
Besides Windows Server 2019, this tool also supports Windows Server 2003, 2008, 2011, 2012, 2016 (including R2), 2022, SBS 2003, 2008, 2011 and Windows PC systems.
You can download the free trial to demonstrate the cloning features:
*This Server edition applies to all Windows OS, but only works one 1 server. If you have more devices to manage, you can consider higher editions. Check the edition comparison page.
Clone Hard Drive in Windows Server 2019 Step by Step Guide
- Connect the target drive and make sure it can be detected on the server.
- After cloning, the destination disk will be overwritten. If you have some important data on the destination location, you’d better do a disk backup in advance.
1. Install and launch this utility. Click Disk Clone under Clone tab. Or if you want to clone system or certain partitions, just click "System Clone" or "Partition Clone".
2. Select the Source Disk (here is Disk 0). Then press Next.
3. Select the Destination Disk (here is Disk 1). Then press Next.
4. Confirm the Operation Summary. You can click Back to do some changes. If everything is correct, you can click Start Clone.
Before starting cloning, you can also use some useful options to optimize the cloning.
👉To make full use of disk capacity, you can use Edit Partitions to resize partitions, it offers the following options:
- Copy without resizing partitions: It will not resize the partition size.
- Add unused space to all partitions: Reallocate the unused space to each partition of the target disk accordingly.
- Manually adjust partition size: It allows you to extend unallocated space to any partition on the destination disk you want. And it requires you to manually adjust the size of the partition.
👉Sector By Sector Clone will copy every sector, whether it is used or not. There is a requirement that the destination disk must be equal to or larger than the source disk. If you don't tick this option, the default mode is intelligent clone, which will copy only used sectors to save space.
👉SSD Alignment will improve the working performance of the SSD. If the destination disk is SSD, it is strongly recommended to choose this option.
👉Partition Style (GPT or MBR) help Windows understand how to access the data on the disk. And the partition style of a disk should be compatible with the boot mode (MBR for Legacy BIOS and GPT for UEFI) to ensure the secure boot.
If you purchased a NVMe SSD, it should be partitioned with GPT to support UEFI boot; if it's a SATA SSD, there should be no strict requirements about partition style and boot mode. With AOMEI Backupper to convert partition style or keep the partition style of the target disk as you need.
How to Boot Windows Server 2019 from Cloned Drive
After cloning, you can shutdown the machine to replace the old hard drive with the new one.
If you have confirmed that the server can be started from the cloned drive, you can also attach the old hard drive as a secondary storage - just press the specific key (depends on manufacturer) during startup to enter BIOS, make sure the first boot options is the cloned drive. After that, you can also wipe the hard drive to get more storage space.
Note that if the partition style of your target drive is different from the source hard drive (such as cloning MBR to GPT), then you also need to change the boot mode in BIOS to make it compatible with the partition style, Legacy for MBR and UEFI for GPT.
As you can see above, AOMEI Backupper Server enables you to clone hard drive in Windows Server 2019 in a very short time. Except for disk clone, this utility is also equipped with System Clone to help you clone C drive in Server 2019, 2016, 2012, etc.
Notice: If you’re an administrator for Enterprises or Companies, the AOMEI Backupper Technician Plus is the best option as this license supports unlimited activation. It also creates a recurring revenue stream by offering technical support as a service to your customers.