How to Clone Windows 2003/2008/2012 Server Hard Drive?

Posted by @Teresa

September 25, 2017

To clone a Windows Server 2003 hard drive to a new hard drive, you'd better make full use of thorough hard drive cloning software--AOMEI Backupper Server.

Clone hard drive in Windows server 2003 under following circumstances.

You might have to do many Windows operations during workday or personal time. Well, you may want to clone hard drive in these cases:

1. To transfer data or OS. You can backup c drive in Windows Server 2003 and restore it later if you plan to transfer c drive only. However, what if you want to migrate data from one hard drive to a new one or a larger one, but the size of data is huge? If you copy and paste files or folders one by one, it might cost hours even days. In addition, what if you are so vertiginous that you forget which folder you should copy next? Check out in the destination disk and do it again? NO! You don’t want this to happen. Well, you can clone hard drive in Windows Server to complete this case easily.

2. Upgrading the hard drive. This hard drive was pretty good when you bought it, but it got slower and slower with the increasing data you store. Now you would think about upgrading it with a speedier one, SSD, for instance. Therefore, you need to clone hard drive in Windows Server 2008, 2012, 2000 to SSD (solid state drive).

3. Making duplication of the disk. As time goes by, high technology brings much convenience to people’s daily life. However, it produces data losing risk at the same time. It is a must-do event to do a complete full backup by cloning hard drive.

To make a long story short, there are many conditions you need to consider cloning hard drive. In that way, choosing an efficient and integrated hard drive cloning software is an urgent affair. AOMEI Backup Server Editionis a sophisticated hardware equipped with backup, restore, clone and more advanced utilities for data protection and disaster recovery management. Above all, you can perform hard drive clone without interrupting running programs in your Server (This feature is called “Live Disk Cloning” or “Hot Clone”). By the way, this program also supports Windows Server 2003, 2008, 2012 (R2), and SBS 2003, 2008, 2011 (both 32 and 64 bit), as well as Windows 10, Windows 8.1/8, Windows 7, Vista, and Windows XP. Therefore, you can clone hard drive in Windows Home Server as well.

How to cloneWindows2003 Server hard drive?

Before you start, you can Download 30-day free trial of AOMEI Backupper and have a try.

Step1, install and launch AOMEI Backupper. You will catch sight of the main interface. Choose “Clone” on the left toolbar, and click “Disk Clone”.

Disk Clone

Step2, select the source disk you want to clone (here is Disk 0). Then click “Next” to continue.

Source Disk

Step3, get one disk to be the target hard drive (here is Disk 1), and click “Next”. Note that all the data on the destination disk will be covered. If any important information existed, please make a backup before it starts.

Desti disk

Step4, this window is a summary of all your operations. You can do some changes by clicking “Back”. Otherwise, click “Start Clone” to execute those operations.

Operation Summary


Pay attention to lower left options in the red frame. There is something you need to know.

>This program clones existing data which is used space only on the disk in a default situation. If you want to clone deleted data, you might want to choose “Sector by sector clone”. This option offers every sector cloning, whether it is used or not.

>It is recommended for check “Align partition to optimize for SSD” if the destination disk is solid state drive. This function could improve the speed of reading and writing as well service time of SSD.

>If you hit “Edit partitions on the destination disk”, there are three options available:

>>Copy without re-sizing partitions: Do not do any changes.

>>Fit partition to entire disk: The destination disk partitions will be automatically re-sized to the entire disk, appropriate for the disk size.

>>Edit partitions on this disk: Manually adjust the partition size and location by dragging a slider bar.

One more thing, if the destination hard drive is a dynamic disk, you have to convert it to basic disk in advance. You see, with a few simple clicks, you could clone hard drive in Windows server 2003.

More helpful features, such as system backup, differential backup, incremental backup and schedule backup are embedded in AOMEI Backupper waiting for you to explore.