By Delia / Last update March 23, 2022

Need to clone Windows Server 2008 (R2) hard drive

Cloning Windows Server 2008 (R2) means transferring Server 2008 operating system to another location like HDD or SSD in a short time. Here we summarize some situations for this operation:

  • Clone system to larger drive for more capacity: As data is increasing day by day, and the spare space is becoming less and less, it's urgent to replace it with a large disk. 
  • Clone system to SSD for performance improvement: By comparison, SSDs perform better at the same cost. If you need to migrate OS or replace a hard drive, cloning Windows Server 2008 to SSD is a good choice.
  • Clone Windows Server as a backup plan: In addition, it can be regarded as a backup copy, just achieve the same effect of backing up Windows Server, since it includes everything on the server 2008. And it is much easier, you can directly use it to boot your computer if it crashes.

Besides, some users would like to clone Windows Server 2008 R2 in VMware, so that they can deploy the same configurations and layout on another hard drive.

Best server cloning software to migrate OS - AOMEI Backupper Server

Since Microsoft Windows misses the cloning feature, so you can only use third-party cloning software to clone Windows Server 2008 (R2) to HDD or SSD. AOMEI Backupper Server is a good choice and it also applies to Windows Server 2012 (R2), 2016, 2019, 2022, and all PC operating systems. In this software, you can enjoy two helpful ways and further improve SSD disk performance if you use.

System Clone: It clones the operting system, system files, user configuration, installed programs, personal data etc on the server 2008 (R2). And you can clone system on MBR or GPT disk without converting partition style manually, migrate OS from MBR HDD to GPT SSD, for example.
Disk Clone: In this way, it clones all the partitions on the disk and requires more backup time as well as disk space. It supports cloning MBR or GPT disk as well.&

All features operated with a user-friendly interface, it is easy to use even you are not an expert. Please download this software to have a try! For unlimited PCs and servers, try AOMEI Backupper Technician Plus.

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(PS: The Clone feature in the free trial version can be demonstrated only. To clone Windows Server 2008 or 2008 R2 sucessfully and boot from it, you need to upgrade server trial and it offers 100$ discount.)

How to clone Windows Server 2008 (R2) step by step

Here you will start to clone Windows Server 2008 (R2) with the following steps. And this tutorial will take system clone as an example. To clone hard drive entirely, please select Disk Clone at Step1.

Note: To perform Windows Server 2008 R2 cloning in VMware, you just need to copy the installation package of AOMEI Backupper and install it in virtual machine operating system. Left operations would be the same as follow.

Step 1. Install and run AOMEI Backupper Server software. Select Clone and then System Clone.

Choose System Clone

Step 2. The C drive and system reserved partition (boot related drive) are selected by default. Just choose the destination partition and click Next.

Choose Destination Partition

After clicking Next >>, you may be told that all data on the destination disk will be wiped. Thus, if you don't have a backup, please backup important files in advance. To continue this operation, click OK. 


Step 3. Check out the operation summary and click Start Clone to clone Windows Server 2008 (R2). If you are cloning disk to an SSD, it is highly recommended you to tick SSD Alignment feature. Because this feature could improve the speed of reading and writing as well as prolong the service life of SSD.

System Clone Preview Align Checked

By default, this software clones only used sectors with Intelligent Clone, thus you can migrate OS or clone larger drive to smaller drive or SSD easily

To keep every partition as same as it is on the source drive, you could use Sector by sector clone feature for help. This requires the target disk to be larger than or equal to source disk.

And in this way, your target disk will be displayed as unallocated space unless you tick Make full use of disk space at the lower location. 

Make Full Use of Disk Space

After cloning process finishes. Now, you can change the boot order to destination disk in BIOS, or remove the old hard drive that contains previous boot drive to test if you can boot from destination disk.

Change Boot Order


  • You cannot use Dynamic disk as destination hard drive unless you convert dynamic to basic ahead of time.

  • There is still some chance that you cannot boot after cloning, you need to check if your disk is set as the first boot option. If not, please check the disk partition style (MBR or GPT), boot mode(BIOS or UEFI), etc. 

  • If you want to clone Windows Server 2008 (2008 R2) without booting into Windows, you need to create a bootable media with AOMEI Backupper and boot from it.


You can easily clone Windows Server 2008 (R2) in simple steps with the help of best server cloning software - AOMEI Backupper Server. And it provides you with 2 available ways for system migration, you can choose them depending on the items you want to backup and disk space required. And it still offers you other useful features, such as, SSD Alignment, Make full use of disk space, etc. All in all, it greatly saves you time and energy.

Besides system clone, it is also an excellent backup and restore software. It has many powerful features that Windows Server does not have embedded with. For example, it allows you to do incremental and differential backup easily and delete old backups to free up disk space for new backup. Besides, its Universal Restore feature allows you to move Windows Server to a new hardware without efforts.