Replace hard drive without reinstallation
“I have a computer with Windows Server 2012 installed on it. Now I’m planning to replace the old hard drive with a new one which offers higher capacity. But I don’t want to reinstall the system. Is there any good way to accomplish it or any good software recommended?”, one user asked.
Fortunately, there is a quick and easy method -- system clone. System clone means to make a same copy of original OS (operating system) and transfer it to another storage device so that you don’t have to face reinstallation.
Best software to clone Windows Server 2012
AOMEI Backupper Server, especially designed for Windows Server systems, is not only a data protection and disaster recovery tool, but also a disk/partition cloning software. It’s handy to operate for everyone even not a computer expert. Besides, all Windows OS Platform are supported. Thus, following directions will show you how to clone Windows Server 2012 to a new hard drive with AOMEI Backupper Server.
Step by step to clone Windows Server 2012 to a new hard drive
First, connect another disk to your computer. Make sure it’s available to be detected. Then, install and launch AOMEI Backupper Server.
Step 1: Select “System Clone” under the “Clone” tab.
Step 2: Decide a partition as destination. Note that you’d better choose the first partition or available area on the target disk. Otherwise, the system could not boot.
Step 3: Click “Start Clone” to confirm.
Tips: You’re able to “Edit the size of partition”. ‚“Sector by sector clone” will clone all the sectors no matter it is used or not. ƒIf your destination disk is a SSD (Solid State Drive), ticking “Align partition to optimize for SSD” will accelerate its reading and writing speed.
Step 4: Now you just need wait for a while until the progress reaches to 100%.
Note: In order to make system bootable from the new hard drive, please shut down your computer after system cloning is completed. Then disconnect the source disk and connect the destination disk. By the way, if you want to clone whole things on the computer, you can try “Disk Clone” in AOMEI Backupper Server.