How to Clone Windows Server 2003 to New Hard Drive?

Posted by @AOMEI

January 2, 2019

It is suggested to clone Windows Server 2003/2008/2012/2016/2019 to new hard drive for disk upgrading. You can learn specific steps from this page.

Reasons to clone Windows Server 2003 to new hard drive

  • You want a better computer performance, but your old hard drive prevents the computer from achieving this. So, you need do something, for example, clone Windows Server 2003 to new hard drive.
  • Low disk space has influenced the speed of computer. and upgrading the old disk to a larger one is the best way, or you must delete much imporatnt information to solve the problem. To do so, you can clone Windows Server 2003 to new drive, and keep the old one as a secondary storage device.
  • You just buy a new computer, instead of re-installing Windows Server 2003 operating system and applications, cloning Windows Sever 2003 is much more convenient.

Choose the best clone software

Now, since you are ready to clone Windows Server 2003 to new drive, choosing the best clone software is the first step:

For you, the best clone software can safely and quickly clone not only Windows Server 2003 operating system but all applications and settings installed in the system drive to another storage device, meanwhile, the clone process is without interrupting the regular work of your system and has a safety guarantee for keeping your data safe.

Here, AOMEI Backupper Server is one of the best clone software for Windows Server 2003, which especially designed for small and medium sized business. Next, we will show you how to clone Windows Server 2003 to new hard drive with AOMEI Backpper Server.

Clone Windows Server 2003 to new drive with AOMEI Backupper Server

AOMEI Backupper Server is a powerful clone software with easy to use interface, and it supports all server editions of Windows. Now, you can follow us to do the clone job step by step.

Step 1. Install and launch AOMEI Backupper Server. Select the "System Clone" option under the "Clone" tab.

System Clone

Step 2. Select the new hard drive (here, suppose it as disk 1) as the new location for the system, then click “Next” to continue.

Destination Partition

Step 3. Now comes the operation summary window. If you confirm the operations, please click "Start Clone" to perform.

Operation Summary

Tips: "Sector by sector clone" is optional to clone all sectors no matter they are used or not. And if your new drive is an SSD, the option "Align partition to optimize for SSD" is highly recommend so as to optimize the performance of SSD.

Step 4. When the system clone progress reaches to 100%, please click “Finish” to exit the interface.


Tips: When the system cloning is finished, we suggest you not to boot the computer from the destination disk directly. In order to make Windows bootable from the new HDD or SSD, please shut down Windows Server 2003 after system cloning is completed. 

Then disconnect the old hard drive and connect the new one to the socket of the old one. By the way, the old hard drive could be plugged in another socket as a secondary storage device. To clone MBR to GPT disk, you may need to change Legacy to UEFI boot mode. 

Apart from Windows Server 2003 hard drive cloning, you can also use this software to copy in other Windows Server operating systems, clone Windows Server 2019 hard drive to new disk for example. Go for it and have a try.