By Teresa / Last Updated February 26, 2020

Reasons to clone partition in Windows Server

Clone partition on a hard drive could be useful to prevent data loss from system fails and it should be essential to those who use a computer frequently or use the computer for storing important personal data or business dealings. Partition clone could also be helpful to distribute identical environment for multiple computers especially when it is the master server. Therefore, you might want to clone Windows Server 2003 partition in situations below.

  • you don’t want to clone Windows Sever 2003 hard drive entirely when cloning only one partition meets the need.

  • you want to delete this file but choose another one unintentionally.

  • if there is running programs on a partition, you cannot copy all the data to another disk or partition with simple Copy & Paste.

  • some wrong or careless operations result to partition lost, disk formatted etc.

  • virus attack

  • unexpected shut down of your Server

To enterprises, time is more than money. Either to minimize the down time of the Server when accidents occur or to save time deploying identical settings to client computers, cloning a Windows Server 2003 drive plays a significant role in such conditions.

How to clone partition in Windows Server 2003?

There is one thing that you have to make it clear is the difference between clone and backup. Normally an image file would be generated in the process of backup, and the size of the source data will be compressed. It is not uncommon to backup Windows 2003 C drive. However, you got the extremely same sectors of source data with the same size. And you can use it directly instead of restoring first, like restore a backup.

Unluckily, you cannot use Windows Server 2003 internal backup tool (ntbackup.exe) to clone partition, because Microsoft has no function like that. Whichever partition you’d like to clone, the most important thing is to keep the security of information and data. Fortunately, an all-around software--AOMEI Backupper Server, which designed for Windows Server OS, in particular, could help you clone both system partition (C: drive) and data partitions (D:, E: F: drive) safely and solidly.

This Windows Server 2003 cloning software is also a backup and disaster recovery tool with features like system backup, disk backup, incremental & differential backup, command line restore, disk clone and other useful utilities.

As mentioned before, if there is running program on a partition, you don’t have to worry about it anymore, because this program provides “Hot Clone” that enables to clone system/disk without interrupting or shutting down Windows and other running applications.

How to clone Windows Server 2003 with AOMEI Backupper?

Cloning partition is a category of software that would copy the contents of one partition on the hard disk to another one.

Step 1. Install and launch it. Select “Clone”-> “Partition Clone”.

Choose Partition Clone

Step 2. Choose “Source Partition”.

Choose Source Volume

Step 3. Choose “Destination Partition”.

Choose Destination Place

Step 4. Check out “Operation Summary”-> “Start Clone”.

Disk Volume Clone Preview


  • To clone system drive to new hard drive or SSD in Server 2003, please refer to System Clone.

  • “Edit the size of partition”: you can edit the partition type (primary, logical), drive letter (E; F; G;), and the size of destination partition.

  • “Sector by sector clone”: clone all sector of the source partition whether it is used or not. There is one requirement demanded that the destination location must greater than or equal to the source.

  • “Align partition to optimize for SSD”: if the destination location is SSD, it is strongly recommended to check this box for it will accelerate the speed of reading and writing and extend the service life of SSD.

  • The destination location will be overwritten after cloning, therefore, if any important thing existed, backup them first.

Finally, you can clone Windows Server 2003 partition in a few clicks without data-loss risking. What’s more, you can clone disk to other hard drive like SSD if you want to upgrade the older one. Above steps also apply to Windows Server 2019, 2016, 2012, 2008(R2)/2012(R2), SBS 2003/2008/2011 and Windows PC systems.

Apart from backup, restore, and clone, you could split images, explore images, merge images etc. with AOMEI Backupper as well.