Migrate Windows Server 2012 from HDD to SSD without Reinstallation

Posted by @AOMEI

April 20, 2016

How to migrate Windows Server 2012 from HDD to SSD without reinstalling OS? Fortunately, AOMEI Backupper Server can help you realize it easily.

Why migrate to SSD?

Migrating Windows Server 2012 from HDD (Hard Disk Drive) to SSD (Solid State Drive) is one ideal way to upgrade the system which most people are quite familiar with. Both SSD and HDD do the same job: to boot system, to store applications as well as personal files. But why use SSD instead of HDD? A hard drive is a hard drive, isn’t it? Not exactly. Compared with traditional HDD, SSD has faster reading and writing speed, less chance of data loss due to shaking and knocking, less power usage and less noise during working. So if speed, ruggedness or noise are important factors for you, SSD would be the winner hands down.

How to migrate Windows Server 2012 to SSD without reinstallation?

As a lot of advantages of SSD mentioned above, how to migrate Windows Server 2012 from HDD to SSD without reinstallation may be another problem. If you have a good knowledge of computer, you can try to move OS to SSD with Disk Management. Anyway, it seems that the process is time-consuming indeed! Let alone a noob. Fortunately, a third-party software AOMEI Backupper Server, especially designed for Windows Server systems, is able to realize the migration easily just by a few couple of clicks. Following steps will show you how to do it.

Step 1: Connect SSD to your computer. Make sure it’s available to be detected.

Step 2: Install and launch AOMEI Backupper Server. Then select “System Clone” under Clone tab.

System Clone

Step 3: You’d better choose the first partition or available area on the target SSD. Otherwise, the system could not boot. By the way, if there are data on that partition or area, they will be wiped. But AOMEI Backupper is capable to back them up first according to your need.

Destination Partition

Step 4: Click “Start Clone” to execute.

Operation Summary

Tips: You’re able to “Edit the size of partition”. “Sector by sector clone” will clone all sectors no matter it is used or not. Since the destination disk is SSD, ticking “Align partition to optimize for SSD” can accelerate its reading and writing speed.

Step 5: When the progress reaches to 100%, click “Finish”.

Note: In order to make system bootable from the new SSD, please shut down your computer after system cloning is completed. Then disconnect the source disk and connect the destination disk. Apart from clone, there are also other advanced features such as Partition Backup, Create Bootable Media and so on.