Clone Windows Server 2008 (R2) without Reinstalling Windows

Posted by @Ada

September 28, 2017

This article will show you how to clone Windows Server 2008 to another HDD or SDD without reinstalling Windows.

Why do you need to clone Windows Server?

Cloning Windows Server 2008 (R2) means transfer Server 2008 operating system to another location like HDD or SSD. Clone allows you transfer data to another storage device in a short time.

After a span of time, your computer may face a problem. As data is increasing day by day, and the spare space is becoming less and less, your computer will become slower and slower. To improve performance, some people would like to buy a new HDD or SSD to keep only OS on it.

Also, you can clone Windows Server as a backup plan. If system disk is broken, you can boot from the cloned disk immediately.  

People would like to choose clone system instead of fresh install largely because system clone is much easy and time-saving than a fresh install.

Best Server cloning software

It is a pity that there is no clone function embedded with Windows Server. You can choose to create a system image backup and then use it to restore to another disk. However, this method is also time-consuming.

System clone spare trouble of the restore process and allows you use it directly. Therefore, you can turn to a third party software.

AOMEI Backupper Server is an overall disk and OS cloning software that works on Windows Server 2008(R2)/2012(R2)/2016 and Windows 10/8/8.1/7/XP/Vista. It offers System Clone, Disk clone, and Partition clone function. The System Clone function allows you to migrate OS to HDD or SSD very easily and without reinstalling Windows. You even do not have to choose source partition, it will automatically choose for you.

All features operated with a user-friendly interface, it is easy to use even you are not an expert. Let’s take a look at how to clone windows server 2008 (r2).

Clone Windows Server 2008 without reinstalling Windows

Step1. Download AOMEI Backupper and Run the software. Select Clone and then System Clone.

Step2. C drive and System Reserved Partition are selected by default. Just choose the destination partition. Then click Next.

All data on destination disk will be wiped. So backup important files before you start.                                             

Destination Disk

Step3. Check out the operation summary, and click Start Clone.

Clone Windows Server 2008

Edit the size of partition: If you do not want to leave unallocated space of destination disk after cloning, you can edit partition by clicking Edit the size of partition.

Sector by sector clone: By default, AOMEI Backupper just clones the existing data on the disk and will not clone these deleted data. If you want to copy all the data (whether it has been deleted or not), you can choose the option of “sector by sector" option. The destination disk size must be equal to or larger than the source disk.

Align the partition optimized for SSD: If your destination disk is SSD, it is highly recommended you to tick the box Align the partition optimized for SSD because this feature could improve the speed of reading and writing as well as prolong the service life of SSD.

Step4. If all the things checked clear, you can click Start Clone.


Dynamic disk cannot be used as destination hard drive while cloning. You need to convert dynamic to basic before system clone.

After cloning process finishes. Now, you can change the boot order to destination disk in BIOS, or remove the old hard drive that contains previous boot drive to test if you can boot from destination disk.

There is still some chance that you cannot boot after cloning, you can also create a bootable media with AOMEI Backupper and boot from bootable media.   


AOMEI Backupper Server is one of the best Server cloning software. With it, you can clone Windows Server 2008(R2) with only four steps and without reinstalling Windows. This software greatly saves you time and energy.

Besides system clone, it is also an excellent backup and restore software. It has many powerful features that Windows Server does not have embedded with.

For example, it allows you to do incremental and differential backup easily. Its real-time file sync feature monitors files for changes and synchronizes new added, modified or deleted files from source to target path as soon as the change has occurred. Its Universal Restore feature allows you restore the system to a dissimilar hardware without efforts.

All in all, AOMEI Backupper is a comprehensive clone, backup and restore software which can satisfy most users.