How to Clone A Hard Drive on Windows Server 2008?

Posted by @AOMEI

February 24, 2016

Learn how to clone a hard drive to another hard drive under Windows Server 2008 (R2) without reinstalling anything for data safety and hard disk upgrade.

Why clone a hard drive?

After using your Windows Server 2008 system for a long time, you may find it low in disk space and with enough determination and finance you want to buy a new hard drive to replace old hard drive in your Windows Server 2008. Moreover, you may at times need to have all the data on your current hard disk locate on the other. If you are not planning to take the time to do the long waiting of copy and paste, that is when you need to clone your hard disk inWindows Server 2008. Unlike copy and paste, cloning requires much less time and is capable of keeping your software in status as they were before. As some software require being at the exact path to run smoothly, copy and paste may result in some software unable to work due to wrong location, which will not happen in cloning.

The way to clone a hard drive in Windows Server 2008

The hard disk cloning can be done with several tools. Apart from time-consuming copying all data and pasting them on the other, I’d like to introduce a rather simple and brief way to make a cloning with AOMEI Backupper Server, which is capable of not only clone but also some other backup operations. In order to complete clone with AOMEI Backupper, download the tool first and follow the steps below:

Step 1: Launch AOMEI Backupper Server. In the main interface, click Clone and you can see 3 options of cloning.

Choose Clone

Step 2: To clone a hard drive, select Disk Clone on the right, after which you will be required to select hard drive you want to clone. The selected hard drive will be highlighted in green. Here we choose to clone Disk0.

Choose Source Disk

Step 3: Next, select another hard drive you want to clone the source disk to. Similarly, the selected destination disk will be highlighted in green. We choose Disk1 as the destination disk and click Next.

Choose Destination Disk

Step 4: In the coming options, the source disk and the destination disk will be shown, in order for you to make a final check before execution. You can also edit partitions on the destination disk. If the destination disk is an SSD, it is highly recommended that you check Align partition to optimize for SSD, which will increase the reading and writing speed of SSD.


Tips: Sector by sector clone means copying all space on the source disk, no matter whether it is taken up or not. In this case, the destination disk is supposed to no smaller than the source disk and the operation will take more time. If this option is not clicked, the destination disk is merely required to have as much spare space as the used space on the source disk and the cloning will consequently cost less time.

How long the Windows Server hard drive cloning will take depends on its size. The larger it is, the longer it will take. Commonly, the new hard drive is larger than the original one, which often leaves certain amount of unallocated space or some partitions larger than needed. In order to create another partition with the unallocated space or resize the partitions after cloning the hard drive on Windows Server 2008, you can download AOMEI Partition Assistant Server to do the work.