Clone Windows Server 2016/2012/2008/2003 Hard Drive with Server Clone Software

Jean updated on Sep 12, 2019 to Backup Utility | How-to Articles

Why do you need to clone Windows Server hard drive?

Have you ever encountered a situation that requires you to upgrade or replace your old and small Server 2012 hard drive to a newer and larger one for better performance? When you happened to be caught in such a situation, you will be puzzled about how to transfer Server 2012 system and all the data from one hard drive to another safely. 

It's an efficient way to transfer data and system in Windows Server 2016, 2012, 2008, 2003, etc., by cloning Server hard drive.  It's related to server disk upgrade such as Server system migration, data transfer, etc. However, these jobs cannot simply be done by 'copying' and 'pasting'. Windows Server system won't be able to boot properly by doing so. This is why you need to clone Windows Server hard drive to a new one so to upgrade and improve Server hard drive and system.

Read here, many users may ask how to clone hard drive for Server 2016/2012/2008/2003? The job seems to be difficult if you know nothing about Server hard drive clone. But don't worry! Here EaseUS Todo Backup Server Edition, a magic third-party Server cloning software can make the task as easy as 1-2-3. It also works with other Windows Server versions like Server 2016, 2012, 2008 and 2003, etc.

Clone Windows Server hard drive with best Server clone software

EaseUS Todo Backup Server Edition, a professional Server cloning software, provides overall solutions for you to clone Server hard drive, backup server system partition, backup and recover files, etc. either in the physical environment or virtual environment. It's 100% free to upgrade and clone Windows Server hard drive within 30 days with EaseUS Server clone soft

Individual server users, companies, or organizations can take advantage of EaseUS Server cloning software to clone hard drive for Windows Server 2016, 2012, 2008, 2003 with its many advanced functions. Users can use it to clone disk/partition, backup partition/files, recover partition/files, etc. You can even use EaseUS Server cloning software to recover Server system to other computers with its recover to dissimilar hardware feature. It can help users do these operations in the least time and with the simplest steps. 

3 steps to upgrade and clone Windows Server 2016/2012/2008/2003 hard drive

Step 1. Launch EaseUS Server cloning software and click "Clone". Choose the source and destination disk.

Select Server source disk

Step 2. You can preview the disk map after cloning by click "Layout"

Select destination disk for cloning Server hard drive

Step 3. Click "Next" to execute the Server 2012 hard drive cloning job.

Preview source disk and destination disk after Server hard drive cloning

 
 

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between Clone and Backup? In what cases should I use Clone?

Clone will copy one disk to another or one partition to another (unallocated space is also supported). Usually, this option is used to upgrade the current disk by creating an identical copy. Backup will generate a .PBD image file containing the selected files or system that can be restored from the .PBD image if needed.

What is the difference between System Backup and Disk Backup?

System Backup will auto-select the system boot related partition(s) as the backup source to make sure the system image can be restored properly. Disk/Partition Backup will allow you to manually select a whole disk or speficy a certain partition as the backup source. You will get the same backup result as System Backup if you manually select the system and boot partitions with the Disk/Partition Backup option.

As a computer newbie, what features should I use to protect my computer?

You can use System Backup to back up the system and boot partitions, use Disk/Partition backup to back up the data partition and add plans to run an automatic backup. If you use the computer frequently or have software that may cause boot failure of the computer, we would suggest you back up the computer every 1 to 2 days. For other situations, you can backup the computer once a week. In addition, you can schedule File Backup to back up the files which are changed frequently.

What kind of storage service should I use to save my backup images?

EaseUS Todo Backup can save backup images to internal disks, external disks, network drives, or free cloud(Google Drive, Dropbox, and OneDrive) and CD/DVD. It is suggested to save the images to the internal/external/network drives to save time as those kinds of disks have a better read-write speed. It is suggested NOT to save the image on the source disk, because once the disk is damaged, all the files on the disk will become unavailable and you will be unable to restore the image.

As a company network administrator, what features should I use to protect our internal computers?

It is recommended that you use the SQL Backup feature to back up your company's SQL server and Exchange Backup feature to back up the Exchange server. In addition, you can execute System Backup to back up the system and boot partitions on every computer and set a plan to execute the backup once a day or twice a week to ensure that the computer can be restored timely when it has boot issues. File Backup feature can be used to back up important user data. If there are a large quantity of computers, you can purchase EaseUS Backup Center to manage the backups on the client computers centrally.

About EaseUS Todo Backup

Be it a file, system, partition, or disk, EaseUS Todo Backup will help you back up or clone the item and provide you with multiple backup plans.