Clone Windows Server 2008 to New Hard Drive

Posted by @AOMEI

February 24, 2016

To clone Windows Server 2008 to another new hard drive with AOMEI Backupper without data loss for free.

Why need to clone Server System?

Users of Windows Server 2008 may occasionally find themselves stuck in the situation where there is no more spare space in their disk. Consequently your system partition is getting fully-stuffed and the whole system is running gradually slow. In this case, you may tend to purchase a new hardware, most likely a bigger disk or a SSD, and that’s when another problem gets in your way. That is, without willingness to bother to store all the data on a usb device or CD, it seems troublesome to clone your Windows Server 2008 to the new hard drive for better and smoother system performance. Be aware that system migratiion is not like migration of other data such as videos and photos, which is just about copy and paste. So apart from reinstalling the system in another drive, the most practical way would be to clone the system to the new hard drive.

Two options to achieve Windows Server System migration:

1. To reinstall the whole system in the new hard drive.

2. To use AOMEI Backupper Server to make a system clone to migrate the server system to another hard drive.

To reinstall the whole server system

This is easy to understand and quite simple, all you need to do is to insert the new hard drive and install the system again as you once did before. It may take much time and you must have the media to install the server system, besides, all your system configuration will be initialized and you will take another great amount of time to install all the software installed in the previous hard drive.

Commence cloning with Backupper:

The system clone in Windows Server with Backupper Server will be much less time-consuming. It only requires few steps and less time. What’s more, its cloning does not influence the data on your system drive, which means you don’t have to take time to download and install those necessary softwares one by one. Here I will show you steps to do the cloning with Backupper as shown below:

Step 1: Run the backupper and choose Clone, where you can see the System Clone option with a lock icon.

The Interface

Click the lock icon, you will be told in order to get System Clone applicable you need to forward a piece of message. Follow the lead and it won’t be long before you can use this function.

To Unlock System Clone for Free

Step 2: After unlocking System Clone, click it again and you will see another coming window requiring you to select the exact disk you want to migrate your system to. Select the disk and click Next.

Note: You don’t need to bother to find out which partitions are needed to clone in order to migrate your system, since the program will automatically detect and select them for you.

Choose Destination

Step 3: You can change some detailed settings in the next window. Once everything is set, click Start Clone.

Note: Be warned that all data on the destination disk will be wiped out. If you have any important data on that disk, you can make a backup as well.

Tips: *1 means you can decide the size of the partition to be built to contain the system and boot data.

*2 means cloning the literally whole partition to the destination disk, no matter the space is fully used or not. In this case you need to be sure that the destination disk is not as smaller as the original one. Besides, this sort of cloning will consequently cost more time.

*3 is highly recommended for SSD users for it will considerably increase the writing and reading speed of the SSD.

Detailed Options

Step 4: During the moving of the system, you can choose from several options on completion, which frees you from waiting till the cloning is complete.

Completion Settings

After the the clone Windows Server 2008 to new hard drive is complete,, there will be only one partition on the destination disk to contain the system. If you have trouble creating other partitions, you can download AOMEI Partition Assistant to help.