By Lily / Last update June 29, 2021

Why migrate 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 fit for SSDs. Thus, migrating Windows Server 2016 to SSD is the best way to boost performance.

While for the way to install Windows Server 2016 on SSD, many users choose to perform a fresh installation, which clearly is cumbersome and slow. Worse, the process will delete everything on the system partition, thus you need to reinstall programs you will use in the near future. And you will lose data forever if  you don't have a file backup. 

Fortunately, there is another migration software for Windows Server to make up for these shortcoming, it's 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 Windows Server Migration Software - AOMEI Backupper Server

AOMEI Backupper Server is a powerful SSD migration software designed for Windows Server 2020/2019/2016/2012/2008 and the corresponding versions of Windows. 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 transferring data or system from MBR to GPT disk and vice versa, while keeping the destination disk bootable.

Step by step  guide: migrate Windows Server 2016 to SSD Effortlessly

To clone Windows Server 2016 to SSD, you only need a copy of 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 install Windows Server 2016 on SSD 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 it works. Please create a Windows Server 2016 bootable USB in advance, so you can boot your computer if it's unbootable.

1. In the first place, download AOMEI Backupper Server and install it on your computer. Then, connect the prepared SSD and be sure it can be detected. 

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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 destination disk. You can select unallocated space or a partition as the destination location. Just know that all the data on the selected location will be removed when the cloning starts.

Select Source Disk

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

Tick SSD Alignment

Note: By default, this software only clone 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.


AOMEI Backupper Server is a better choice to migrate Windows Server 2016 to SSD by cloning Windows Server 2016 OS or the whole hard drive if you don't want to lose any data or reinstall Windows. Besides, you can use this software to migrate Windows Server 2003/2008/2012/2019/2020 to SSD easily and quickly. 

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