How to Clone Windows Server 2016 to New Hard Drive?

Posted by @Cherry

January 20, 2016

Cloning Windows Server 2016 installation enables you to transfer OS from old hard drive to new hard drive without reinstalling. This article will tell you the ways to clone Windows Server 2016 to a new hard drive.

Why should you clone Windows Server 2016 to new hard drive?

Cloning Windows Server 2016 to a new hard drive is a good way to protect the operating system. Servers are popular in small businesses and companies, and it has many important data and applications on the machine. But computer users know that there are many reasons like hacker/virus attacks can lead to the computer crash or system error, or other bad things so that you cannot launch your computer and you may lost a lot of important data. Once the data lost or the system crashed, it would make a large damage to the businesses or companies. But if you cloned the Windows Server 2016 to a new hard drive before, you can use the hard drive to restore the operating system, which can save a lot of time for re-installing the system and the applications.

Windows Server 2016 clone can also solve your other problems. For example, if you want to change a new computer, or just change the old hard drive into a new one, you can clone the Windows Server 2016 to the new hard drive so that you can use the old system directly instead of installing the OS and applications again.

How to clone Windows Server 2016 to new hard drive quickly?

Windows Server 2016 built in tool Windows Server Backup supports you to make a local backup on your hard drive. However, to transfer OS to new hard drive, you can with the help of AOMEI Backupper Server, a software for all the Windows Server OSes, which supports you migrate OS to new hard drive with a few steps. The next content is how to clone Windows Server 2016 to new hard drive with this software.

Step1. Install and launch AOMEI Backupper Server, plug in your new hard drive, and make sure it can be detected, you nay need to initialize disk before so that you can use it. Click System Clone under the Clone tab.

System Clone

Step2. System Clone will select the system partition as the source partition default, so here you need to select the destination place, click Disk 1 to select it, then, click Next.

Destination Partition

Step3. Here you will move to the Operation Summary page, and you can confirm all the pending operations. If there is no problem, click Start Clone to execute it.

Confirm

Tips: You may notice that there are two options under the window, "Sector by sector clone" and "Align partition to optimize for SSD". The "Sector by sector clone" will clone all the sectors on the partition no matter it is used or not, it will take more time and occupy more space, so we do not recommend you tick it. But we highly recommend you tick the “Align partition to optimize for SSD” if you are transferring Windows Server 2016 to an SSD. Because it will optimize the solid state drive automatically after cloning, which can help the SSD perform in the best state.

When the progress reaches 100%, click Finish to exit. Thus, you have already cloned the Windows Server 2016 to the new hard drive. Besides Clone, AOMEI Backupper Server has many other useful utilities like System Backup and Restore, File Sync, make bootable media, etc.