Clone Hard Drive in Windows Server 2016 without Reinstalling Windows

Posted by @Cody

March 7, 2016

Learn the simplest way to clone hard drive in Windows Server 2016 without reinstalling operating system or installed programs.

Clone Hard Drive in Windows Server 2016 without Reinstalling Windows

Upgrade hard drive with a larger one or SSD

For people who are running Windows Server 2016, to replace the hard drive with a larger one or a solid state drive (SSD) can be a large upgrade that you can easily manage. As time goes by, large hard disk drives (HDDs) and SSDs have become cheaper than ever, so now is your best time to upgrade your hard drive for better performance. If you are the afraid of the time to be wasted in reinstalling OS and programs, you can clone hard drive in Windows Server 2016 to a new hard drive with disk cloning software. In this way, you will takes a much less time than fresh install, but gain much better performances.

Best cloning software for Windows Server

For saving time and efforts, you must find a perfect hard drive cloning software for your server. AOMEI Backupper Server, designed for Windows Servers, should be your best shot. It provides the ability to clone large disk to small disk, and has implemented with SSD optimization, which is quite convenient for cloning hard drive to SSD. What’s more, it support directly cloning MBR to GPT without converting the destination disk to MBR, which is very helpful, as many large hard drives have more than 2TB capacity initialized with GUID partition table (GPT), and users do not want to lose the disk space beyond 2TB. Besides, it supports many storage devices as well as file systems. In case anything goes wrong, which is unlikely, it can also allows you to perform system backup and dissimilar hardware restore. All in all, for users who running Windows Server 2016, AOMEI Backupper can be the best hard drive cloning software. 

How to clone windows server hard drive?

Not having seen the intuitive interface, one will not believe that cloning an hard drive can be done as easy as with AOMEI Backupper. It does not require complicated settings, but a few clicks. To clone a hard drive with AOMEI Backupper:

1. Download and run this software.

2. Under Clone tab, click “Disk Clone”.

Disk Clone

3. In the next screen, Click on the hard drive that you want to clone, and click “Next” to move on.

Source Disk

4. Then select the destination disk by clicking on it and click “Next” to continue.

Destination

5. In the Operation Summary screen, click “Start Clone” to start the cloning process.

3 Options

If your destination disk is an SSD, check the “Align partition to optimize for SSD before the clone starts. If the SSD has small capacity that is not enough for the used space on the source disk, you can transfer OS to another hard drive by using System Clone. No matter what situation you are in, AOMEI Backupper can help you clone hard drive in Windows Server 2016 successfully without reinstalling OS.