By Delia / Last update December 13, 2021

Why Clone Hard Drive in Windows Server 2019

As you know, a clone is actually an exact copy of the source data. When it comes to hard drive cloning, it means to copy every bit of information from one computer hard drive to another drive that can be directly used, or to an image file that can be restored when needed.

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.

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Best Utility to Clone Windows Server 2019

As for the task of cloning disk in Windows Server, the professional cloning software - AOMEI Backupper Server can fill the gap of Windows features. It has an user-friendly interface and can help you clone hard drive in Windows Server 2019 within several simple steps.

★ It provides Disk Clone, System Clone, and Partition Clone features. You can choose based on your own situation.

★ It allows you to clone larger drive to smaller drive as long as the target drive can fit all used data in the large drive.

★ If you use solid-state disk as your target disk, this powerful utility can help you accelerate the writing and reading speed of the SSD.

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.

Clone Hard Disk Drive in Windows Server 2019 Step by Step Guide

The cloning process won’t interrupt running programs in your 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.

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Step 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 "Disk Clone".

Choose Disk Clone

Step 2. Select the Source Disk (here is Disk 0). Then press Next.

Choose Source Disk 2

Step 3. Select the Destination Disk (here is Disk 1). Then press Next.

Choose Destination Partitioned Hdd

Step 4. Confirm the Operation Summary. You can click Back to do some changes. If everything is correct, you can click Start Clone.

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Notes:

  • Edit partitions can help you resize partition. If you click it, there are three options available: Copy without resizing partitions, Add unused space to all partitions and Manually adjust partition size.

  • Sector by sector clone offers every sector cloning, whether it is used or not. There is a requirement that the destination disk must be equal to or larger than the source disk.

  • SSD Alignment will improve the working performance of the SSD.  If the destination disk is SSD, it is strongly recommended to choose this option.

Step 5. 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 new drive, you can also use the old hard drive as a secondary storage - just press the specific key (depends on manufacturer) during startup to enter BIOS, change the first boot options as the cloned drive. Then, you can also reformat the old hard drive to get more storage space.

Verdict

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 recommended for this license supports unlimited activation. It also creates a recurring revenue stream by offering technical support as a service to your customers.