Why Clone Hard Drive in Windows Server 2019?
As you know, a clone is actually a duplicate copy. Generally speaking, hard drive cloning is the process of copying every bit of information from one computer hard drive to another drive or to an “image” file. Users now rely heavily on hard drive clone because it brings them many benefits. There are two main aspects.
○ Upgrade hard drive without reinstalling Windows. No one can avoid a disk upgrade because you will run into these problems at any time: insufficient disk space, poor computer performance, and hard drive crash, etc. Thus, you have to replace the old drive with a new drive. Reinstalling apps and system on the new drive is not a good idea as the operating steps are time-consuming and complex. However, disk clone can help you upgrade hard drive without reinstallation.
○ Protect data security. Personal data is easy to lose due to system crash and virus attack. The cloned drive can be kept as a backup. Many people transfer data from one drive to another drive by using copy and paste. However, this method may cause data loss, because some special files cannot be copied correctly.
Best Utility to Clone Windows Server 2019
As for the task of cloning disk in Windows Server, the professional cloning software - AOMEI Backupper Server is of great help. This utility has a user-friendly interface and will help you clone hard drive in Server 2019 easily.
★ It provides Disk Clone, System Clone, and Partition Clone. You can choose any feature of them based on your own situation.
★ It also 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), 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.
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".
Step 2. Select the Source Disk (here is Disk 0). Then press Next.
Step 3. Select the Destination Disk (here is Disk 1). Then press Next.
Step 4. Confirm the Operation Summary. You can click Back to do some changes. If everything is correct, you can click Start Clone.
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, make sure to change boot order or replace the old hard drive to boot from the cloned drive. As for the old hard drive, you can reformat the hard drive and take it as your secondary storage after cloning.
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 and partition clone. You can use these practical features when it is necessary.
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.