How to Clone Windows Server 2016 to another Hard Drive?

November 16, 2018

From this paper, you can get easy and effective tutorials on how to clone Windows Server 2016 hard drive to SSD/HDD and how to migrate OS to SSD in Server 2016 without reinstalling.


“Hello, my machine is running Windows Server 2016 and I have bought a great solid state drive. Now I want to replace the existing OS disk with the newly purchased SSD. But I’m afraid of reinstalling operating system and other applications as the whole process is troublesome. Is there any advice?”

It is wise to clone Server 2016

As what mentioned in Scenario, it is bothering to reinstall Windows Server 2016 operating system and other applications one by one on the new SSD. You can avoid the trouble of OS and applications reinstallation through cloning Windows Server 2016 disk.

To complete cloning task, third-party cloning software for Windows Server – AOMEI Partition Assistant Server is highly recommended. It requires no complicated operation but few clicks to clone Windows Server hard drive or Windows OS drive to SSD/HDD. Along with cloning hard drive to SSD, it can make SSD partition alignment to improve the performance of SSD.

Clone Windows Server without reinstalling within few steps

You can choose to clone the whole OS disk or clone OS drive only in Windows Server 2016/2012(R2)/2008(R2)/2003 under different situations.

Situation 1. Clone Windows Server 2016 disk to SSD/HDD

If you need to keep Windows Server 2016 operating system and all other applications, you can clone the whole disk to another one. First of all, you should connect the target SSD to your machine, install and run AOMEI Partition Assistant Server. Then, refer to the detailed steps(supposed that the destination hard drive is SSD):

Step 1. When the main interface appears, you can click “Disk Copy Wizard”. In the pop-up window, choose a proper way between “Copy Disk Quickly (recommended)”and “Sector by Sector Copy” (The first option is faster and requires less space).

Clone Server 2016 Disk

The differences between the two options:

  • The former only copies the used space and the latter copy every sector of the disk.

  • The former demands the capacity of the destination disk is no smaller than the used space of source disk; the latter equal or larger than the capacity of source disk.

Step 2. Choose a disk as the source disk. Then, click “Next”.

Select Source Disk

Step 3. Select the prepared SSD as the destination disk, check the option “Optimize the performance of SSD” and click “Next” (If the target drive is HDD, don’t check the option “Optimize…”)

Select Destination Disk

Step 4. In this window, you can edit partitions.

Edit Partitions

Step 5. You’ll see a Note about how to boot from the cloned drive successfully after cloning. Read it careful and keep it in mind.


Step 6. Here you can preview the operation. Click “Apply” and “Proceed” after confirmation.


Situaiton 2. Clone OS drive to SSD in Windows Server 2016

If you want to own Windows Server 2016 on the target SSD and the capacity of it is not enough to contain all data on the original HDD, you can clone Server 2016 OS drive only to SSD and use the original HDD as data storage device. See the following steps:

Step 1.Run AOMIE Partition Assistant Server and choose “Migrate OS to SSD”. In the pop-up window, click “Next”.

Clone OS Drive Server 2016

Step 2. Choose an unallocated space on SSD and click “Next” button.

Select an Unallocated Space

Step 3. Here you can adjust the system partition on the SSD. Then, click “Next” button.

Resize Partition

Remember the Note about how to boot from the cloned disk and click “Next”.

Step 4. After confirming operation, click “Apply”>“Proceed” to execute it.


  • A reboot is required as the operations above are performed under PreOS mode.

  • Do not hurry to wipe the original hard drive or delete C drive on it before confirming that you can boot successfully from the cloned hard drive.

  • If you clone MBR disk to GPT SSD/HDD or GPT to MBR disk, you need to change boot mode between Legacy and UEFI.


To clone Server 2016 disk to another one, “Disk Copy Wizard” of AOMEI Partition Assistant can help you to complete this task without efforts. When the used space of the original disk is larger than the target one, you can delete unnecessary files and uninstall applications before cloning. If the size of target disk is still smaller, you can use the feature “Migrate OS to SSD” to migrate OS drive in Windows Server 2016 to SSD/HDD and keep the hard drive for data storage.