How to Migrate Windows Server 2003 OS to SSD?

April 26, 2016

Looking for ways to improve the performance of your Windows Server 2003 machine? Why not migrate Windows Server 2003 OS from old HDD to SSD?

Why migrate Server 2003 to SSD?

To begin, SSD (Solid State Drive) can be thought of as an oversized and more sophisticated version of a humble USB memory stick. Like a memory stick, SSD has no moving parts, and information is stored in microchips. Conversely, a hard disk drive (HDD) stores data on a rotating platter and uses a mechanical arm with a read/write head to move around and read information. This difference makes SSD so much faster and more durable. Secondly, considering the type of SSD’s flash memory, you can read and write to an SSD all day long and the data storage integrity will be maintained for a very very long time, even outlive you. Finally, there is a considerate and environment-friendly advantage of SSD, that is, there is no noise while it is working. So, for you, it is a good idea to migrate Windows Server 2003 from HDD to SSD, and a clone software for Windows Server 2003 - AOMEI Backupper is a good helper.

In order to upgrade your old and slow HDD to a new and fast SSD, it is significant to migrate Windows Server 2003. Rather than creating a Windows Server 2003 system image backup, pulling old HDD, popping in the new SDD, formatting the SSD, and restoring Windows Server 2003 back the way it was, you can follow this article to migrate Windows Server 2003 from HDD to SSD by system cloning which not only clone operating system but all applications. And this operation just takes a few steps and won’t require re-installing.

How to migrate Windows Server 2003 from HHD to SSD?

A software for you to migrate Windows Server 2003 to SSD is helpful, for example, AOMEI Backupper Server can help you finish the job and brings other clone, backup and restore tasks.

Step 1: Install and launch AOMEI Backupper Server. Select "System Clone" under "Clone" tab.

System Clone

Step 2: Select a large enough partition on SSD as the destination location (here, we choose the partition on disk 2). Then click “Next” to continue.

Destination Partition

Step 3: Now comes the operation summary window. If you confirm the operations, please click "Start Clone" to perform.

Operation Summary

Tips: You can tick the "Sector by sector clone" option to copy all sectors of system partition no matter whether it is used or not, but it will take much more time. You can also tick the "Align partition to optimize for SSD" option to optimize the performance if the destination disk is an SSD.

Step 4: When the system clone progress reaches to 100%, please click "Finish to exit the interface.


When the Windows Server 2003 OS migration is finished, we suggest you not to boot the server machine from the destination SSD directly. In order to make Windows Server 2003 bootable from the new SSD, please shut down the computer after system cloning is completed. And then disconnect the source disk and connect the destination disk to the socket of the source disk. The source disk could be plugged in another socket as a secondary storage device.

And, the whole operation is same when you need to clone Windows Server 2003 to new hard drive rather than the SSD.