Clone Windows Server 2008 R2 Disk Partition to SSD/HDD/RAID

by John, Updated on: March 22, 2022

Windows Server 2008 has been released over 10 years, but many people and companies still use this operating system for servers. It is not a problem if it meets your requirements. However, you need to replace disk with larger HDD, or clone Windows Server 2008 (r2) disk to SSD to improve server performance. The read and write speed of SSD is much faster than traditional mechanical hard disk. It can improve server performance to higher level without doing anything else. There's no native tool to help copy disk partition in Windows Server 2008 (R2), so you need third party program. In this article I'll introduce how to clone disk in Windows Server 2008 R2 to SSD/HDD/RAID fast and easily.

There are two ways to copy disk partition in Windows Server 2008 (r2), sector to sector clone and file system level copy. It is very slow to do sector to sector clone. In most cases, there's no need to do like that. NIUBI Partition Editor uses faster file system level copying method. Because of its advanced file moving algorithm, it is extra 30% to 300% faster to copy Server 2008 disk partitions.

Other benefits to clone Windows server disk with NIUBI Partition Editor:

1. Clone disk partition without rebooting

If the clone process requires rebooting to "PreOS" mode, your server is offline. The more files in the disk partition, the longer time to clone. With its "Hot Copy" technology, NIUBI Partition Editor can clone all disk partition in Windows without rebooting. Therefore, your server can keep running without interruption.

Besides moving operating system, programs and data, you can clone system disk to another one as backup. If original server is down, you just need to restart server and select the backup disk to boot. Therefore, you can make server online rapidly without wasting a long time to restore from image backup file.

2. Change partition size

You can clone disk to a smaller or larger one and change size of each partition on target disk.

How to copy single partition in Windows 2008 server

To data partitions, you can transfer files by simply copying and pasting. However, it costs much time and hardware resources if there are large amount of files in this partition. Furthermore, the copy and paste operation may be interrupted due to many reasons. To the partitions for operating system, programs, exchange and other special partitions, you cannot transfer files by simply copy and paste. Instead, you need to copy this partition.

Download NIUBI Partition Editor and you'll see all disk partitions with structure and other information.

NIUBI Partition Editor

Copying single C drive cannot ensure target disk bootable, you need to clone entire disk instead. To other partitions, you can follow the steps below.

How to copy partition in Windows Server 2008 R2 with NIUBI:

Step 1: If there's no Unallocated space on destination disk, shrink a large partition on it to make Unallocated space. To do this, right click this partition (here is F:) on Disk 1 and select "Resize/Move Volume", drag either border towards the other one in the pop-up window, or enter an amount directly. (1024MB=1GB)

Shrink partition

Then Unallocated space is made on left or right of this partition.

Make Unallocated space

Unallocated space should be equal or larger than the used space in the source partition.

Step 2: Right click the source partition (here is D:) and select Copy Volume, select the Unallocated space on destination disk in pop-up window and click Next.

Select unallocated

Step 3: Edit size, location, type and drive letter of target partition in next window. Drag either border of this partition, you can shrink or extend it. Drag the middle of this partition, you can move its location. To type and drive letter, you just need to click and select.

Edit target volume

I my test server, I copy partition D to I and extend it from 70GB to 100GB.

Partition copied

Step 4: Right click drive D: and select Change Drive Letter, select any one in the pop-up window (except D:).

Then right click drive F: and change drive letter to D.

Change drive letter

Partition cloned

Click OK and back to the main window, finally click Apply on top left to take effect. Watch the video how to copy partition in Windows 2008 server:

Video guide

How to clone Windows Server 2008 R2 disk to SSD/HDD

When copying Windows Server 2008 disk, the destination disk could be smaller, equal or larger, but it should be equal or larger than used space of all partitions in source disk. Note: there should be no partition on destination disk. If there are, they'll be  deleted, so remember to transfer valuable files to other place before cloning disk.

Steps to clone disk in Windows Server 2008 R2 to SSD/HDD:

Step 1: Right click the front of disk that you want to copy (here is Disk 0) and select Clone Disk, or click Clone Disk Wizard below Tools on top left.

Clone disk

Step 2: Select the destination disk (here is Disk 1) in pop-up window and click Next.

Select disk

Select the first option to delete all partitions, disk clone can't continue if you select the second option.

Delete partition

Step 3: Edit partition size one by one with additional disk space. Start from the last partition (here is E:).

Edit partition

Drag right border towards right to expand this partition, or drag the middle rightwards to move this partition.

Disk cloned

Click "Apply" on top left to execute.

Disk Clone complete

Watch the video how to clone hard disk drive in Windows Server 2008 (r2):

Video guide

How to clone RAID, VMware, Hyper-V virtual disk

If you run Windows Server 2008 in VMware or Hyper-V, when the system disk is almost full, you can expand virtual disk directly without copying to another disk. After expanding virtual disk with VMware/Hyper-V own tool, additional disk space will be shown as Unallocated at the end of original disk. You can merge Unallocated space to other partitions easily with NIUBI Partition Editor. If you need to copy virtual system disk to another one, of course you can follow the same method above.

If you use any types of hardware RAID array such as RAID 0/1/5/6/10, there's no difference to copy RAID virtual disk. When copying disk in Windows Server 2008 (R2), both source and destination disk could be SSD, HDD and RAID array.

Besides cloning disk partition in Windows Server 2008/2012/2016/2019/2022, NIUBI Partition Editor helps you shrink, extend, move, merge, convert, hide, defrag, wipe, scan partition, optimize file system and much more.

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