Migrate Windows Server 2011 from HDD to SSD

March 4, 2016

Learn how to migrate Windows Server 2011 OS from HDD to SSD without reinstallation? Fortunately, AOMEI Backupper Server can help you realize it easily.

Why migrate Windows Server 2011 from HDD to SSD?

To migrate Windows Server 2011 from HDD (Hard Disk Drive) to SSD (Solid State Drive) is one method to upgrade the system which many people are quite familiar with. Since both SSD and HDD do the same job: to boot system, to store applications as well as personal files, is there any necessity to migrate system from HDD to SSD? Compared with traditional HDD, SSD has faster reading and writing speed, less chance of data loss due to shaking and knocking, less power usage and less noise during working. Thus, if speed, ruggedness or noise are important factors for you, SSD would be the better choice.

How to Migrate Windows Server 2011 from HDD to SSD?

Most people may worry about reinstallation or data loss when migrating or said cloning system from HDD to SSD. If you have a good knowledge of computer, you can try to move OS to SSD with Disk Management. However, it seems very time-consuming indeed! Let alone a green hand. Luckily, there’s a software not only professional to make data safe but also handy to operate. AOMEI Backupper Server, especially designed for Windows Server systems, is able to migrate Windows Server 2011 easily just by a few couple of clicks. No matter for SBS users or Home users, following steps will show you how to realize it.

Step 1: Connect SSD to your computer until being detected.

Step 2: Install and launch AOMEI Backupper. Then select System Clone.

System Clone

Step 3: You’d better choose the first partition or available area on SSD as the target place. Otherwise, the system could not boot. By the way, if there are data on that partition or area, they will be wiped.

Destination Partition

Step 4: Click Start Clone to execute.

Operation Summary


  • You’re able to “Edit the size of partition”.
  • “Sector by sector clone” will clone all sectors no matter it is used or not.
  • Because the destination disk is SSD, ticking “Align partition to optimize for SSD” can accelerate its reading and writing speed.

Step 5: When the progress reaches to 100%, click Finish.

Notes: In order to make system bootable from the new SSD, please shut down your computer after system cloning is completed. Then disconnect the source disk and connect the destination disk.