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Clone System Partition to Disk While Ensuring Bootable on the Target Disk

Are you still manually copying your large amount of data and files in partition and pasting them to another new disk in Windows Server operating systems? Can you backup the system partition with copy and paste? If so, you probably have ignored some powerful disk partition management software, like the Partition Magic alternative - Partition Assistant which is currently popular in the market. What's more, you never need to worry about data loss with this non-destructive partitioning tool, the enhanced data protection technique ensure data 100% security during the copy process.

It is necessary to aperiodically backup some important data and system files to another place in case of virus infection and the unexpected system failure. If system partition fails to boot up, you can reactive and start up from the another disk.

Below is a step-by-step tutorial on how to clone system partition to another disk in Windows Server OS. To begin, you can Download Free Trial to try.

How to clone system partition with Partition Magic Server Software

There are two copy methods in Partition Assistant to choose. It can not only support "Copy Partition Quickly but also "Sector-by-Sector Copy".

Compare with "Sector-by-Sector Copy", the "Copy Partition Quickly" method is much faster because it only copy files. On the other hand, deleted, lost files and inaccessible data only can be cloned to the target place with "Sector-by-Sector Copy" method.

Step1: Launch Partition Magic Server Software - Partition Assistant Server Edition. It will display all the disk partitions with detailed information.

Partition Assistant Server

Step2: Select the partition you want to clone (here select system partition/C: drive). Then, right click it and select "Copy Partition".

Clone System Partition

In the pop-up window, select the copy method (here select "Copy Partition Quickly).

Clone System Partition

Step3: Click "Next". Then, select destination unallocated space.


  • Only an unallocated space can be used as the target place, if there is no unallocated space, you need to delete or shrink partition to generate some unallocated space.

  • The size of unallocated space is determined by the partition copy method you choose. If you select "Copy Partition Quickly", the unallocated space may not be larger than the partition you want to copy but must be equal or larger than the used space; If you select "Sector-by-Sector Copy", the unallocated space must be equal or larger than the partition you want to copy.

Select Destination Place

Step4: Click "Next". In the "Adjust Partition" window, you can drag the slider bar rightwards to resize partition.

Copy with Resize

Step5: Click "Finish" to return to main window. Then, click "Apply" button on the toolbar to save all changes (Pending Operations).

Click Apply

To clone system partition, reboot is required. Then, click "Proceed" and all operations will be completed in PreOS Mode.

Click Proceed

As ALL-IN-ONE and complete hard disk partition management solution, Partition Magic Software also allows you to resize/move partition, extend NTFS system partition without rebooting, merge adjacent partitions, split partition, allocate free space, create new partition, clone hard drive, convert FAT partition to NTFS and much more on MBR and GPT disk. You can free download demo version to try before you buy full version.

Tips: For Enterprise users, Unlimited Edition allows unlimited usage within one company to save time and money, in other words, you can install it on unlimited servers and PCs in your company to maximize business productivity whilst minimizing the total cost of management.

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