How to Clone Windows Server 2012 (R2) to SSD?

August 24, 2017

In order to keep original Windows Server 2012 (R2), you can clone Windows Server 2012 hard drive to SSD or migrate Windows Server (R2) OS to SSD.

Why clone Windows Server 2012 (R2) to SSD?

Compared with HDD, SSD owns better performance. Employing memory chips to store data, SSD owns faster read and write speed; without moving parts, it decreases the risk of data loss. Therefore, for many Windows Server 2012 (R2) users, they are willing to upgrade hard drive to SSD to make the machine get better performance. However, it is bothering to reinstall Windows Server (R2) and other applications. At this time, it is a reasonable choice to clone Windows Server 2012 (R2) to SSD.

How to clone Windows Server 2012 (R2) to SSD?

As Windows has no built-in tool to clone Windows Server 2012 (R2) to SSD, it is necessary to employ third party cloning software to achieve your goal. And AOMEI Partition Assistant Server is one of the best cloning software for Windows Server 2012(R2). This SSD/ HDD copy tool can achieve the goal of reserving original Windows Server 2012(R2) on SSD through following methods.

Clone Windows Server 2012 (R2) hard drive to SSD with AOMEI Partition Assistant Server

When you want to retain Windows Server 2012 (R2) and all other applications on the hard drive, it is wise to clone hard drive to SSD on Windows Server 2012, which can migrate all the content on the hard drive to SSD without losing data.

In advance of cloning hard drive to SSD, you have to make following preparation work:

  • Prepare proper SSD and connect it to your machine.

  • Defrag your hard drive if it is HDD to decrease the time spent on cloning.

  • Check error of partition on the hard drive and fix it if there is error on the hard drive.

Then, it is time to start Windows Server 2012 (R2) hard drive mirroring via AOMEI Partition Assistant server.

First of all, you should install AOMEI Partition Assistant Server and run it.

Step 1: Select a hard drive as source disk and click “Disk Copy Wizard”. 

Select Source Disk to Copy

Step 2: Select a proper way to clone hard drive from “Copy Disk Quickly” and “Sector-by-Sector-Copy” according to your practical needs. Then, click “Next”.

PS: The former will only copy disk used space and the latter will copy every sector of the disk. The differences of the two cloning methods present in following aspects:

Cloning speed: The speed of the former is faster.

Space demand for SSD:The former demands that the space of SSD equal or larger with the used space of source disk while latter equal or larger with the space of source disk.

The flexibility of partition size:The former allows you to adjust partition size and nor the latter.

Copy Disk Quickly or Sector by Sector Copy

Step 3: Choose target disk to clone hard drive to and tick the box before “optimize the performance of SSD”. Then, click “Next”.

Choose Target Disk to Copy Hard Drive to

Step 4: Here you can adjust the partition size on the target disk. Make your choice can click “Next”.

PS: There are three choices for you: “Copy without resizing partitions”, “Fit partitions to entire disk” and “Edit partitions on this disk”.

Edit Disk

Step 5: Check the pending operation and click “Apply”.

Copy Windows Server 2012 Hard Drive to SSD

Migrate OS to SSD on Windows Server 2012 (R2) with AOMEI Partition Assistant Server

When you need to keep Windows Server 2012 (R2) on SSD and don’t care about other applications on the hard drive, you can migrate windows Server 2012 (R2) to SSD with AOMEI Partition Assistant Server.

Step 1:Choose “Migrate OS to SSD” and click “Next”.

Migrate OS to SSD

Step 2: Choose an unallocated space on destination disk. Then, click “Next”.

Select Unallocated Space on SSD

Step 3:Here you can resize partition size through draggingslide bar in accordance with your need. Click “Next”.

Resize Partition Windows Server 2012

Step 4:Confirm the pending operating and click “Apply” to implement the task.

Migrate Windows Server 2012 to SSD

Notice:

  • Reboot is required as the operations (clone Windows Server 2012 hard drive to SSD and migrate OS to SSD on Windows Server 2012) involve system partition and will be performed under PreOS Mode.

  • When system is unable to boot from SSD after cloning or migrating, you can disconnect the source disk or exchange the position of destination disk and source disk. Then, boot the computer from SSD.

  • When you migrate OS between MBR and GPT disks, enter BIOS to change boot mode according to disk mode after implementing migrating.

Conclusion

It is obviously that AOMEI Partition Assistant Server helps you to clone Windows Server to SSD quickly and securely. It manages to keep Windows Server 2012 (R2) to SSD through cloning the whole disk to SSD or migrating OS to SSD. You can apply one way according to your need. With strong compatibility, AOMEI Partition Assistant also supports Windows Server 2016/2008 (R2)/2003. It is not only cloning software for Windows Server, but also a great partition tool that can manage your disk well. With various functions such as “partition copy”, “partitions merge” and “convert MBR to GPT” and so on, AOMEI partition Assistant gives you much convenience and improve your efficiency.