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Why need to clone Windows Server 2011 to new disk?

Windows Small Business Server 2011 is commonly used in small and medium-sized business and plays a vital role in computer management. Normally, it contains data and information of the entire company and some important files of clients which require a lot of room. As for Windows Home Server 2011 users, the Server includes the valuable pictures of families and wonderful shared videos and music.

As time goes by, you may find a lack of space on the hard drive because you can hardly install new applications or store some large size files. Even worse, the running speed of the computer is getting slower and slower. At this time, it is advisable to clone Windows Server 2011 to a new hard drive with a larger capacity to make good use of the operating system.

In another situation, say upgrading the hard drive, you can clone hard drive of Windows Server 2011. The OEM offered a disk with a large size - HDD (Hard Disk Drive) when the computer was produced. Yet the performance and stability of this kind of disk are nowhere near as good as the SSD (Solid State Drive), and you discovered it. Therefore, it is a wise move to clone hard drive to SSD to experience a better performance.

Furthermore, the high-tech brings convenience to our daily life. The risk of losing data and the attack of virus follow meanwhile. Then you may need to make a duplication of your computer as the disaster recovery plan.

How to clone Windows Server 2011 to new hard drive?

Windows Server 2011 built-in utility, Windows Server Backup, supports making a local backup of your hard drive. Nevertheless, it doesn’t support cloning or migrating the operating system to new hard drive. The difference between backing up system and cloning system is you can run the system directly after clone while you have to restore the backup image to get back a working system after creating a backup. Thus, disk clone or system clone is a better choice.

When it comes to clone Windows Server, you’d better take security and efficiency into consideration. AOMEI Backupper Sever version is a full-featured and enterprise-level backup solution that allows you to clone Server 2011 to a new HDD/SSD.

  • It is embedded with a technology that enables you to clone system/disk without interrupting or shutting down the Windows and other running applications.

  • It offers you two methods to realize cloning Windows Server 2011: System Clone and Disk Clone.

  • It supports Windows Server 2003/2008/2011/2012/2016/2019 (including R2) and SBS 2003/2008/2011. It also supports Windows PC operating systems – Windows XP/Vista/7/8/8.1/10.

Download AOMEI Backupper Server (30-day free trial) and have a try. Install and launch it on Server 2011.

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Things before clone:
▶ If the new destination hard drive is an external one, please insert it first. 
▶ Note that the destination disk will be overwritten, so back up important files in advance.

Method 1: Clone only Windows Server 2011 system drive(s) to new hard drive

Step 1. Select System Clone under the Clone tab.

Choose System Clone

Step 2. Choose a destination lcoation. The source partitions (C drive and System Reserved Partition) are selected by default.

Choose Destination Partition

Step 3. Check on the Operation Summary page. If all things are right, you can click Start Clone to begin.

Start System Clone

This is the best feature to clone Windows Home Server 2011 system drive. If you want to migrate not only the OS but also other data on the hard drive, then the second solution is designed for you.

Method 2: Clone entire hard drive in Windows Server 2011 to new disk

Step 1. Select Disk Clone under the Clone tab.

Choose Disk Clone

Step 2. Choose the original hard drive on your server as the source disk and click Next.

Choose Source Disk

Step 3. Select the destination disk to store the cloned data and click Next.

Choose Destination Disk

Step 4. Confirm the operation and click Start Clone to begin cloning the entire disk.

Start Disk Clone


  • Edit Partitions: you are allowed to adjust partition size on the new hard drive.

  • SSD Alignment: if you clone Windows Server 2011 to an SSD, check this option to improve SSD performance.

  • Sector by sector clone: this method will clone every sector on the source disk, no matter whether it is used or not.

  • If the destination hard drive is a dynamic disk, you have to convert dynamic disk to basic disk in advance.

  • Another embedded feature of this software, Dissimilar Hardware Restore, allows you to migrate Windows Server to new hardware and keep everything intact.


Cloning Windows Server 2011 to new hard drive is quite easy with the help of AOMEI Backupper Server. Also, you can use these two ways to clone Server 2003 hard drive as well as hard drive in Server 2008/2012.

Other than clone, it can do multiple kinds of backups such as Full Backup, Incremental Backup, Differential Backup, Schedule Backup and perform restoration like System Restore, Disk Restore, Universal Restore, etc. Try it now to discover more!