Step-by-Step: Copy Partition to another Drive on Server 2008 (R2)

September 8, 2017

How do you clone partition to another drive in Windows Server 2008 (R2)? This passage introduces two simple and easy-to-use tools, Windows Server Backup and AOMEI Partition Assistant. Steps with screenshots are followed by.

Why copy partition in Windows Server 2008 (R2)?

In most cases, there are two main reasons that account for hard drive or partition cloning on Windows Server 2008 (R2), for backup and data transferring. When it comes to Server security, backup and clone drive are good ways to deliver system or data to safe places. Some users copy system and data partition to external hard drive as dedicated backup. Once bad things happen, there is always a way to get everything back to life in a short time.

Besides, hard drive failure is a common issue that arises during computer management. After a couple of years’ use, it is necessary to upgrade old hard drive to new disk to guarantee smooth running of Windows Server OS. In addition, a part of users who running Server 2008 (R2) want to copy partition to another partition just for better and more effective disk partition management.

You may hold other reasons in mind for cloning volume in Windows 2008 (R2), but what counts next is to find out how to copy partition steadily and safely.

How to clone partition in Windows Server 2008 (R2) step by step?

This operation will be illustrated with two different Server managers. One is Server snap-in utility, Windows Server Backup, and the other is professional Server manager, AOMEI Partition Assistant Server. You need to connect extra hard drive to Windows Server 2008 if you plan to copy partition to that disk.

Copy partition to another drive in Windows Server 2008 with easy steps

AOMEI Partition Assistant Server is reliable and easy partition manager that allows you to copy partition on Server 2008 (R2), 2003/2012 (R2) to the place on same hard drive or another disk with ease. Partition Copy Wizard is designed for this kind of task in particular. It has graphical user interface.

Step 1: Run AOMEI Partition Assistant. To clone drive on Windows Server 2008, click on Partition Copy Wizard in the left pane and select a copy method based on your needs.

Partition Copy Wizard

Step 2: Select source partition to clone from.

Select source partition to copy

Step 3: Select destination partition/space to clone to. You can optimize the performance of SSD if you want to copy partition to SSD.

Select destination space

Step 4: You can edit cloned partition on Server 2008 before you start, partition size, partition type and drive letter.

Resize Cloned Partition

Step 5: You can tell that F drive on disk 2 is the copy of D drive. Click Apply and then Proceed to execute the pending operations.

Copy Partition Pending Operations


  • If copy partition to existing partition, all data on destination will be overwritten. So, backup important files in advance.

  • To copy system partition to new disk, it is strongly recommended to use Migrate OS to SSD. With that feature, all system related partitions will be copied simultaneously and successful boot is ensured. For more detailed steps, please refer to clone Windows Server 2008 to new disk.

  • You can delete old partition after ensuring everything works well.

Comparing with AOMEI Partition Assistant Server, Windows Server Backup provides a roundabout solution for partition cloning. In a nutshell, you make a backup for a partition on the hard drive, restore the backup image to the other disk, and then delete the old partition (optional). That is an acceptable way to realize partition clone or backup.

Please note that Windows Server Backup only supports recover system backup image to different local drives. That is to say, you can only restore the partition to the location it was if you make backup for a data partition. Then, there is no possibility for data partition copy to different drives. Anyway, go and learn the specific steps.

Server 2008 clone system partition via Windows Server Backup

Windows Server Backup is a native and complete solution for day-to-day backup and recovery on Server 2008 (R2). It supports full computer backups which can be used to perform bare metal restore. You can use this utility to backup all volumes, selected volumes, or the system state.

Tips: you need to install Windows Server Backup if this is the first time you use it. To install this feature, you need to go Server Manager > Features > Add Features > Select Features > Windows Backup Features. Windows PowerShell will be installed at the same time.

Step 1: Open Server Manager on Windows Server 2008. Click on Storage and you’ll see Windows Server Backup readily. Double click it. In the right Actions pane, you have options to backup Server 2008 once or scheduled. Take Backup Once Wizard for example. Following steps will copy C drive to another hard drive.

Step 2: At the Select backup configuration page, you need to decide whether backup full server or not. To backup only C drive, you need to choose Custom.


Step 3: At Select backup items page, the C drive is selected by default. Then, select a destination and complete the backup. Please note that you cannot store backups on USB flash drives or pen drives.


Step 4: Now, go to Disk Management to create a new partition, for example E, on destination disk, so that you can recover system image to.

New Simple Volume

Step 5: Click on Recovery Wizard in Windows Server Backup this time. At Select recovery type page, you need to choose Volumes. Next, tick C drive and select the new created E drive in the drop-down menu as destination volume. All data on E drive will be lost.

Recover to E drive

Step 6: Go to Disk Management again after the recovery completes, and mark E drive as Active partition.

Mark partition as Active

Step 7: Shut down Windows Server 2008 (R2) and press F2 to enter BIOS. You need to change boot priority to the new disk if you want to boot from that disk. A better way is to remove old hard drive to test if you can boot successfully.

Change boot priority BIOS


To copy partition on Windows Server 2008 (R2), both tools are workable. However, it can be easily tell that AOMEI Partition Assistant offers a simpler solution. For instance, you don’t need that many operating steps. Windows Server Backup also does not support to copy data partition to another drive through that method. Moreover, many useful features are added in AOMEI Partition Assistant. For example, you can merge partitions on Server 2008 and convert MBR to GPT without data loss