What is data migration?
Data migration is to clone data from one disk to another one. It is very useful for people who want to migrate their data. But why would people like to migrate data to another disk? As time goes by, the usage of a computer will become more and more, and you will find that one day, it will run out of disk space so that you cannot store the new data. Thus, to migrate data to a larger disk is very effective to get more free space.
Besides, many users know that Samsung SSD (solid state drive) has an excellent performance, while the HDD (hard disk drive) has more disadvantages. For example, it has slower running speed, and it makes noise while it working, etc. So, many users want to migrate OS from HDD to SSD to get a better performance.
About Samsung Data Migration software
Samsung provides users with a tool specially for migrating OS and data from existing storage device to SSD called Samsung Data Migration (SDM), which can migrate your data in three steps. This Samsung Data Migration software is acclaimed by users at the first time.
1. It will scan your system current condition with a simple graphic.
2. It will recommend you a plan of how to migrate data to SSD. Here you can add the additional partition which you want to migrate, and you can adjust the partition sizes as you want.
3. The data migration will be executed, and you will move all the data to another SSD.
However, Samsung Data Migration does not work as well as we imagine. For example, when you try to clone multiple partitions with Samsung Data Migration, it will clone the first two partitions only. You may also meet many problems that you cannot understand. Here is a user who complained in a forum:
"I used Samsung Data Migration and it seemed to work. Then it booted but after logon, went into a blue screen of semi consciousness with Windows preparing or something similar, and finally to a screen where mouse works but nothing else does and it's a black screen."
What’s wrong with the operations? Maybe the bootable files have been damaged or other reasons caused the migration failed. Fortunately, there is a way to solve the problem of Samsung Data Migration cloning failed.
Best free alternative to SDM - AOMEI Backupper
AOMEI Backupper Standard is the best free alternative to Samsung Data Migration that can migrate HDD to SSD without losing any data. It adjusts to all Windows PC systems including Windows 7/8/10/11. There are two free ways available to migrate OS and data to SSD:
- Backup the operating system and then restore it to the SSD.
- Backup the original disk and restore the disk image to the SSD.
Download and install AOMEI Backupper now to have a try.
Let's say you have created a disk image. Follow the steps below to transfer data from HDD to SSD:
Step 1. Connect the target SSD to your computer. Then, run AOMEI Backupper, click Home > find the disk backup task > select Restore from the expanded menu.
Step 2. Select Restore the entire disk, click on the disk and click Next.
Step 3. Select the SSD as the restoration destination and click Next.
Step 4. Tick SSD Alignment to improve the performance of the target SSD. Confirm the operation and click Start Restore.
Advanced way to move OS and files to Samsung SSD
If you think the backup and restore method is a little bit cumbersome, you can upgrade to AOMEI Backupper Professional and use the Disk Clone feature to migrate OS and data. Before you do, there is something you need to know:
AOMEI Backupper allows you to migrate data on your disk to a smaller disk only if the destination disk is large enough to store all the data.
You may change the boot mode from UEFI (Legacy) to Legacy (UEFI) mode if you want to clone from GPT to MBR or from MBR to GPT. Because GPT disk supports UEFI mode while MBR supports BIOS mode. They must be consistent.
Step 1. Launch AOMEI Backupper. Then click Clone -> Disk Clone.
Step 2. Choose the original system disk as the source disk and click Next.
Step 3. Choose the Samsung SSD that you prepared before as the destination disk. Click Next.
Step 4. You will move to the Operation Summary page. Here you can confirm the information about your operation. We highly recommend you check SSD Alignment, because it would optimize your SSD performance after cloning. Click Start Clone, and the progress will be launched.
💡 Tip: If the Samsung SSD is larger than the original disk, you can make full use of the disk space by clicking Edit Partitions and choosing "Manually adjust partition size" or "Add unused space to all partitions".
Step 5. Wait till the progress ends, and click Finish to exit.
AOMEI Backupper is a good data migration software. It can help you migrate data from one disk to another via the backup and restore method or the disk clone method. It is the best alternative to Samsung Data Migration.
Besides, you can use it to create bootable media, synchronize files between a laptop and a desktop, and automatically backup files, etc.