Migrate/Clone Windows Server 2016 to SSD Without Reinstalling

You will learn the best Windows Server migration software - AOMEI Backupper Server and how to migrate Windows Server 2016 to SSD by cloning. No need to reinstall system, programs and settings.


by Lily Updated on July 19, 2023

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Why move Windows Server 2016 to SSD?

Most people probably have heard that solid state drives (SSD) do a better job than hard disk drives (HDD) do in many ways, so lots of users like using an SSD as their system drive. Since SSDs have been around for years, undoubtedly, Microsoft has made a lot of efforts to ensure the new Windows Server 2016 perfectly fits for SSDs. Thus, migrating Windows Server 2016 to SSD is the best way to boost performance.

As for the way to transfer Windows Server 2016 to SSD, many users choose to perform a fresh installation, which clearly is cumbersome and slow. Worse, all the programs and personal data are left on the old drive, so you need to reinstall programs you will use in the near future and copy necessary files manually.

Fortunately, there is another migration software for Windows Server to make up for these shortcomings - AOMEI Backupper Server. You can use it to clone Windows Server 2016 to SSD without reinstalling the system, saving much time and effort. Please keep reading below to learn more about this software and the step-by-step guide.

Best disk cloning software for Windows Server 2022/2019/2016

AOMEI Backupper Server is a powerful SSD migration software designed for Windows Server 2022, 2019, 2016, 2012, 2008 and the corresponding Windows PC versions. With AOMEI Backupper, you only need some mouse clicking to clone Windows Server 2016 to SSD along with programs and everything else. No matter what system you are running, the program will find the system partition and related files to create a complete OS copy for you. 

  • With the ability to automatically adjust partition size, it works flawlessly when migrating system from a large HDD to a smaller SSD. 

  • With partition alignment, it will give you a better performance on the SSD disk during the migration process. 

  • With hot copy technology, it allows you to use the computer without interruption during the operation. 

  • With the intuitive user-friendly interface, users can easily and quickly understand the migration process. 

  • What’s more, it supports cloning MBR disk to GPT disk and vice versa, while keeping the destination disk bootable.

Wanna have a try? Download AOMEI Backupper Server and install it on your computer.

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How to transfer Windows Server 2016 from HDD to SSD effortlessly

To clone Windows Server 2016 to SSD, you only need the best cloning software AOMEI Backupper and an SSD large enough to hold the data to be transferred. It supports "System Clone", "Disk Clone" and "Partition Clone", so you can choose to only migrate Windows Server 2016 OS to SSD or clone the whole hard drive. 

For IT technicians or small and medium-sized companies, AOMEI Backupper Technician Plus will be a better choice. It helps you deploy Windows Server 2016 on unlimited devices within one company, offers unlimited billable technical services to clients, and allows you to copy installation directory for portable version creation.

Let’s see how to run Windows Server 2016 cloning disk to SSD as follows.

1. Connect the prepared SSD and be sure it can be detected.

SATA Cable or Hard Drive Enclosure

2. Open AOMEI Backupper to see its main interface, and click “System Clone” under Clone tab for an OS migration. If you want to clone an entire hard drive to SSD, choose “Disk Clone” instead.

System Clone

3. Since the program will automatically select the source data to make a full system migration, just click on the SSD to select the destination location. You can select unallocated space or a partition as the destination location.

Select Destination SSD

Tip: If the newly selected location is a partition, all the data on it will be removed when the cloning starts, so backup files as necessary.

4. After clicking "Next", it will lead you to the Operation Summary screen. Check the option “SSD Alignment” to accelerate the reading & writing speed of SSD disk, and then click “Start Clone” to make the operation proceed.

Start Cloning Server 2016

◑ If the destination partition is larger than the original C drive, you can check "Make full use of disk space" to automatically add unallocated space to the target system drive during cloning.
◑ By default, this software only clones used sectors on the hard drive of Windows Server 2016, so you are able to clone larger HDD to smaller SSD. But if you want to clone all sectors, you could enable "Sector by Sector Clone" to make it.
◑ Create a Windows Server 2016 bootable USB in advance, so you can boot your computer when it's unbootable.


Compared with a fresh installation, AOMEI Backupper Server is a better choice to migrate Windows Server 2016 to SSD. It enables you to clone Windows Server 2016 OS or the whole hard drive, so you won't lose any data or reinstall Windows. Besides, you can use this software to migrate Windows Server 2003/2008/2012/2019/2022 to SSD easily and quickly. 

In addition, AOMEI Backupper is also an outstanding backup and restore software. You can use it to backup files in Windows Server 2019, create system backup image for Windows Server 2016, restore system to dissimilar hardware, and many more.

Lily · Editor
Lily Green joined AOMEI in 2018 and has since become a professional in the areas of data protection and data transfer. She is committed to helping users protect their precious computer data and troubleshoot Windows system errors. She consistently stays vigilant about the latest trends in technology, guaranteeing that the given information aligned with the ongoing advancements in the field.