Cloning 1TB HDD to 500GB SSD Samsung and Making It Bootable

This article illustrates one more powerful SSD cloning software and the steps of cloning 1TB HDD to 500GB SSD Samsung without boot issues. Even novices can complete it easily.


By Ivy Updated on February 15, 2023

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Why Clone 1TB HDD to 500GB Samsung SSD?

It is not surprising that many users want to clone 1TB HDD to 500GB Samsung SSD. It is produced by one of the famous SSD disk manufacturers and is used all over the world. Compared to other SSD brands, it has the following advantages:

  • It is generally superior in performance with faster read and writes speeds and lower power consumption.
  • It also offers cost-effective SSD for home or non-tech users, such as Samsung 870 EVO, with 560MB/s read and 530MB/s write.
  • Also, it is more reliable and has a lower data loss risk.
  • Meanwhile, it offers more storage capacity, up to 4TB.
  • Besides, it comes with cloning freeware - Samsung Data Migration to help you migrate all the data from old disk to new Samsung SSD.

Need Help Cloning 1TB HDD to 500GB SSD Samsung 

“I recently bought Samsung 500 GB SSD drive and am looking to replace my old 1TB HDD completely. I have tried using Samsung Data M to clone my HDD but I keep getting Samsung Data Migration failed error. I am wondering if it is even possible... Thanks!!!”

The core of cloning 1TB HDD to 500GB SSD Samsung is to check the used space of the HDD and ensure it is smaller than or equal to 500GB. The easiest method is using File Explorer. If not, you need to free up space to let it fit on the SSD disk space. At the same time, you need one more powerful Samsung SSD clone software to perform this cloning process.

Used Space

Note: The Samsung Data Migration failed error is one of the most common questions you may encounter when cloning HDD to Samsung SSD with Samsung Data Migration. If you insist on using it, you need to fix this error in advance.

Free up Space to Fit on Smaller Samsung SSD

If the SSD disk is smaller, you need to free up disk space before cloning 1TB HDD to 500GB SSD Samsung. Otherwise, the cloning process will fail. Below are some possible ways:

  • Uninstall useless programs or the ones you don’t use for a long time.
  • Remove unnecessary files with the disk cleanup utility.
  • Clean temporary files with cleanup recommendations.
  • Backup large files and save them externally.
  • ...

Powerful Samsung SSD Clone Software - AOMEI Backupper

AOMEI Backupper Professional is a powerful Samsung HDD to SSD cloning software in Windows 11, 10, 8, 7, XP and Vista. With it, you can clone 1TB HDD to 500GB Samsung SSD in simple steps and boot from it successfully.

It offers a “Disk Clone” feature to clone all the data from 1TB HDD to 500GB Samsung SSD. If it is a system disk, the cloned SSD will remain bootable. To clone OS only, try “System Clone” feature.
By default, it will use the intelligent clone mode to clone only used space of HDD disk, which makes it easier to clone larger HDD to smaller SSD. And you can enjoy more space as compared to cloning all sectors.
In addition, it supports further improving SSD disk performance, such as reading and writing speed, making it consistently deliver high performance.

Steps of Cloning 1TB HDD to 500GB SSD Samsung

Before starting the cloning process, you need to pay attention to the following items:

  • Connect Samsung SSD with SATA cable or PCIe connector and power line. If it’s a brand new disk, please initialize the SSD disk in Disk Management.


  • If your target disk is NVMe SSD, You need to install Samsung NVMe drivers first. Otherwise, the cloned SSD may not boot. 
  • Download and install this powerful SSD cloning software - AOMEI Backupper Professional for Windows 11, 10, 8, 7, XP and Vista. For server users, try AOMEI Backupper Server.
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1. Open this SSD cloning software - AOMEI Backupper Professional. select Clone > Disk Clone subsequently.

Disk Clone

2. Select your 1TB HDD as the source disk and click Next.

Source Disk

3. Select this new Samsung 500GB SSD drive as the destination disk. Then, click Next.

Destination Samsung SSD

4. By default, it will enable intelligent clone mode to clone only used sectors. You just need to click Start Clone to clone 1TB HDD to 500GB SSD Samsung. To boost SSD disk performance, please check the SSD Alignment feature as well.

Start Clone


  • Edit Partitions: This feature is only available with cloning hard drive to larger drive or cloning SSD to larger SSD. So in this case you don’t need to make any changes to it.
  • Sector by sector clone: This feature is also not really relevant in this situation. Please keep it unchecked.

FAQs about Cloning HDD to Smaller SSD

✍ Can I clone 500GB HDD to 250GB SSD?

Like cloning 1TB HDD to 500GB SSD Samsung, you can clone it as long as you ensure the used space of HDD is smaller than the entire space of SSDs.

✍ How to make sure the cloned SSD is bootable?

After cloning, switch out the old HDD and new SSD, then try to boot from the cloned SSD. If it is not bootable, you need to check the boot order and boot mode. For more details, check the cloned SSD won’t boot page.

✍ How to check if a disk is MBR or GPT

AOMEI Backupper supports converting MBR to GPT or GPT to MBR while cloning, as to prevent booting issue due to partition style.

MBR and GPT are two different disk types for data storage. And you can check disk properties in Disk Management. The overall steps are below:

  • Press Win + R to open the Run window. Then, type diskmgmt.msc and hit OK to open disk management.
  • Then, right-click the disk you want to clone and select Properties in the pop-up window.
  • In the Properties window, select the Volume tab and confirm the partition style. It can be MBR (Master Boot Record) or GPT (GUID Partition Table).

Disk Partition Style


This article introduce you to one more powerful SSD cloning software - AOPMEI Backupper Professional and the steps of cloning 1TB HDD to 500GB SSD Samsung without boot issues. It is also applicable to clone 500 HDD to 250GB SSD.

Besides, it is a system migration software to help users migrate OS to NVMe SSD, even smaller one, and ensure the cloned SSD is bootable. All brands of SSD disk are supported, such as, Crucial MX500, Samsung 870 EVO/990 Pro, SanDisk Ultra, etc.

Ivy · Editor
Ivy is an editor of AOMEI Technology, she covers backup & restore,hard disk & partitions management and cloud files transfer and so on for AOMEI. She is an outgoing girl and enjoys helping people find solutions to their problems. She loves traveling, eating, reading and so on. She usually hangs out with friends at her leisure time.