Samsung Data Migration Does Not Start: Fixes and Alternative

When you try to transfer data to a new Samsung SSD, you may get in Samsung Data Migration does not start issue. This post will walk you through the fixes and a more flexible alternative to it.


By Clytze Updated on January 13, 2023

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Samsung Data Migration cannot start to clone

Having an issue on my Windows 11 Pro PC with Samsung Data Migration. I am trying to clone my 970 Evo Plus (500GB, C drive) to my new 980 Pro (1TB). The tool will not run with the error stating an unknown operation caused it to fail. This is not my first time with the migration tool. I have been cloning drives for some time. The only thing that has changed for my system, recently, would be moving to Windows 11. Any thoughts or ideas? I’m a bit stumped. Thank you in advance.

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Samsung Data Migration offers you a simple interface to reduce data migration time and help you transfer user data, operating system, application, software from your storage device to a new Samsung SSD.

Samsung Data Migration Does Not Start

But you should know that this program has some disadvantages:

  • It can only support Windows operating systems.
  • It can only transfer data to Samsung SSDs, other brands of SSDs are not supported.
  • It requires the source disk must install the operation system.
  • And when you use Samsung Data Migration on Windows 11, it may cause some trouble to migrate data such as the mentioned Samsung Data Migration does not start, or Samsung Data Migration cannot change source disk, etc.

Moving on, I will guide you through the troubleshooting process. You will learn what the common causes and fixes are to settle Samsung Data Migration stuck at 0.

Common causes and fixes to Samsung Data Migration won’t start

Here, I’ve listed some of the most probable causes and fixes to this error. You can check them in turn to see if one of them troubles you a lot.

▶ Fix 1. Check both the source and target Samsung SSDs

If your SSD is corrupted or has bad sectors on it, it may cause the cloning process to fail. Therefore, it is recommended that you run CHKDSK to check the status of the source and target SSDs.

▶ Fix 2. Update Samsung Data Migration to Latest Version

Due to the outdated version of the software, it may fail to work. In this case, you can download the latest version of Samsung Data Migration software from its official website.

▶ Fix 3. Replace the SATA port or SATA-to-USB cable

This problem can also be caused by a loose or faulty connection. You need to replace the SATA port or SATA-to-USB cable that connects the Samsung SSD drive to the computer.

▶ Fix 4. Decrypting encrypted drives

The software cannot clone encrypted SSDs. Therefore, if your SSD is encrypted, you must first remove the password from the SSD before you can proceed with the data migration operation.

▶ Fix 5. Check the data capacity of the files you want to transfer

If you move several large files or partitions at once, a large amount of data transfer can cause the program to get stuck or have errors. So you can try to transfer your files in small batches.

▶ Fix 6. Check if your Samsung SSD model is supported.

You can go to Samsung Data Migration User Manual to check whether your Samsung SSD is included in the target disk list.

If there’s nothing happens after you try the above methods to fix Samsung Data Migration not moving, maybe there are some other unknown errors. In such a condition, to save the troubleshooting time, it is a wise move to choose another Samsung SSD data migration tool. Continue reading to catch more details.

Best alternative when Samsung Data Migration won’t start

AOMEI Backupper Professional is a powerful disk cloning software. Its powerful Clone feature can help you migrate data from others disks to Samsung SSD with no restriction, and make it bootable. You can have a look at the list of its outstanding features.

✐ It supports all kinds of Samsung SSD and other brands SSDs like Western Digital, Seagate, Kinston and so on.
✐ It supports cloning both system disks and data disks regardless of brands and partition styles. You can clone MBR to MBR/MBR to GPT or GPT to GPT/GPT to MBR.
✐ By default, it only copies used sectors on the source drive and migrates them to another drive, which makes it easy to clone larger drive to smaller drive. Once the Sector by sector clone is enabled, the target drive will be exactly the same as the source drive and the extra space will be marked as unallocated
✐ It supports 4K alignment on SSD while cloning in order to improve its performance.
✐ It can be used on different operating system, including Windows 11/10/8/7/XP/Vista. For server users, you can try AOMEI Backupper Server.

Now follow the given stepwise guide to migrate data from HDD/SSD to Samsung SSD with ease.

Step 1. Install Samsung SSD on your PC and make sure it can be detected properly. Then download, install and open AOMEI Backupper Professional to begin data migration.

Download DemoWin11/10/8.1/8/7/XP
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(🌟 Clone features in free trial can only be demonstrated. Please upgrade for full functionality.)

Step 2. When you land in the main interface, click Clone > Disk Clone. To clone only OS to Samsung SSD, please choose Clone > System Clone.

Disk Clone

Step 3. Select current hard drive as the source disk.

Source Disk

Step 4. Select the Samsung SSD as the target disk.

Destination Disk

Tip: Then, you will be told the destination disk will be overwritten, please backup files in advance. Otherwise, your data will be deleted after cloning.

Step 5. Check SSD Alignment box and click Start Clone. If you want to clone every sector of the old hard drive, please tick Sector by sector clone.

Start Clone

👉 Helpful features: 
>> Edit Partitions: it can resize partitions on the target disk or convert the destination disk from MBR/GPT to GPT/MBR.
>> Sector by sector clone: click it to clone every sector of the hard drive. Note that the target drive must be equal to or larger than the source drive.

FAQs about Samsung Data Migration

Your turn

When you encounter Samsung Data Migration does not start problem, you can refer to this article and find the common fixes to get it done. If there’s nothing happens after you try the above methods, then it’s time for you to rely on another disk cloning software – AOMEI Backupper.

When you finish the data migration process, you may need to secure erase the old one for other use. As the best Samsung Magician alternative, it offers the secure Disk Wipe feature to enable Samsung SSD secure erase, which will make the wiped data unrecoverable. Give it a try, you won’t regret!

Clytze · Editor
Clytze, an editor at AOMEI Technology, is passionate about safeguarding your digital world. She dedicates her expertise to empower users like you in data security and recovery. She firmly believes that everyone should have the tools and knowledge to protect their digital assets through computer backup, seamless disk cloning, and efficient file synchronization. Clytze is your trusted guide on the journey to data safety.