Why Need to Move Windows Server System to SSD?
SSD is a type of a storage device which is short for Solid State Drive. Like HDD (Hard Disk Drive), SSD uses nonvolatile storages instead of a magnetic coating in the HDD, the data in SSD are stored on memory chips. Furthermore, there are no moving parts in SSD. Compared SSD with HDD, the former one has faster read and write speed, less chance of data loss due to shaking and knock, less power usage and less noise during working.
As for the user of Windows Server 2003/2008/2012, the speed of computer is slower and slower as time goes by, which may affect their work efficiency. They need fast speed to get rid of the trouble, or the users want to upgrade to a larger hard drive. Due to these demands, a lot of users plan to migrate Windows Server to SSD.
How to Move Windows Server to SSD?
Of course the direct way is to do a fresh Windows Server installation on SSD. Is it a boring and time-consuming process? Indeed, it would be better if we can move the operating system and applications to a new SSD without reinstalling. Actually, if you are a user who has enough knowledge of computer, may be you can transfer OS to SSD with Disk Management.
However if the user is a green hand, to finish the task, they need the help of third party software. AOMEI Partition Assistant Server is a professional third party software which devotes in partition management. It allows you to only move Windows Server to SSD without any data loss and reinstalling system.
Moreover, this software can enable you to convert MBR to GPT, convert dynamic disk to basic, convert primary partition to logical, allocated free space and more useful features. Compared with Disk Management in Windows Server, AOMEI Partition Assistant Server is more powerful and can manage your partitions better.
Before you do:
- Make sure your destination SSD or HDD has an unallocated space which is equal to or larger than the used space of current OS partition.
- If you would like to migrate OS from MBR disk to GPT disk, make sure your motherboard supports EFI or UEFI boot.
Step1.Download, install and launch AOMEI Partition Assistant Server. It will display your disk partition information on the main interface. Then, click Migrate OS to SSD or HDD on the left bar and click Next in the pop-up window to continue.
Step2. In the next window, select an unallocated space on SSD and then click Next.
Step3. In this window, you could modify the information (including size, location, and drive letter) of the partition on new disk, of course, you can keep default settings.
Step4. After setting up all the information, click Next to read the note about Boot Operating System.
Step5. Click Finishback to the main interface where you can preview changes. To save the changes, click Apply button to commit the Pending Operations.
- This operation involves the system partition, so the operation will be completed under the PreOS Mode.
- If you migrate OS between MBR and GPT disks, please enter BIOS and change boot setting (about boot setting, please check your motherboard or computer manual) when OS migration is completed.
- If there is no unallocated space on the destination disk, you can delete useless partition or shrink a large partition to generate some unallocated space.