By Delia / Last update July 15, 2022

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Migrate Data with Samsung Data Migration Software

As we know, Samsung solid state drive (SSD) is popular among computer users due to its excellent performance. Along with it, Samsung offers a free Samsung cloning software for data migration, which is called Samsung Data Migration.

The latest version of Samsung Data Migration is Windows 11 compatible, so you can use it to migrate operating system (OS) from HDD to Samsung SSD in Windows 11/10/8/7. Steps of using this software are easy:

  • Connect your new Samsung SSD with a SATA-to-USB adapter or directly connect to the SATA port if that is available.

  • After you successfully install Samsung Data Migration, you can select the source disk and target Samsung SSD, click Start the clone.

Samung Data Migration

However, it's only available for part of Samsung SSD products, including 470 Series, 750 Series, 830 Series, 840 Series, 850 Series, 950 Series, 960 Series, 970 Series, 980 Series, etc. Thus, you CAN NOT clone HDD to other brands of SSD with Samsung Data Migration.

Need Alternative to Samsung Data Migration Software 

As mentioned earlier, Samsung Data Migration software only works when you want to clone hard drive to Samsung SSDs. If you want to clone hard drive to other-branded SSDs, you may need an alternative SSD cloning freeware. Also, it still has other limitations.

  • If the source hard drive has 2 or more partitions, only the 3 partitions (system C drive (including system reserved partition) and other two data partitions) will be transferred.

  • If there is more than 1 disk installed on your computer, Samsung Data Migration software only clones the system disk, data disk not supported.

  • You cannot use the computer while cloning because any open files cannot be cloned properly.

  • Some users also find that Samsung Data Migration won’t install on their computers, let alone the cloning operations. And you might get Samsung Data Migration cloning failed error or it cannot recognize your hard drive.

In that case, you may want to find the best cloning software for Samsung SSD to help you upgrade your hard drive to SSD.

Best Free Samsung Migration Software - AOMEI Backupper

The free hard drive cloning software - AOMEI Backupper Standard is a perfect alternative to Samsung Data Migration. It supports all kinds of Samsung SSDs. For example, you can use it as Samsung SSD 850 EVO clone software. Other SSD brands like SanDisk, WD, and PNY are also supported.

  • Unlike some Samsung SSD cloning software, AOMEI Backupper enables you to use the computer or edit any files on the source disk during cloning without worrying some files may not be copied correctly.

  • It supports cloning both system disk and data disk.

  • It enables you to clone hard drive or SSD to another with a different size easily.

  • It provides more features to make a better experience of transferring data from hard drive to SSD, like SSD Alignment, and Sector by sector clone.

Windows 11/10/8/8.1/7/XP/Vista supported. Get it and have a try.

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5 Steps to Do Samsung SSD Clone in Windows 11/10

Generally, your SSD is much smaller than your HDD. If you prefer to clone HDD to smaller Samsung SSD, please ensure the Samsung SSD could hold all the data from source disk.

With AOMEI Backupper, there is no need to resize partitions before the clone. When cloning to a smaller SSD, the program will automatically resize the partitions to fit on the target disk.

Case 1: Migrate HDD to Smaller SSD

Step 1. Download the Samsung SSD clone software AOMEI Backupper Standard, install and launch it. Select “Disk Clone” under “Clone” tab.

Disk Clone

Step 2. Select the source disk that you are going to clone (here is disk 0), and click "Next".

Select Source Disk

Step 3. Select the smaller Samsung SSD as destination disk (here is disk 2), then click “Next”.

Select Destination Disk

Step 4. Tick “SSD Alignment” option to optimize Samsung SSD’s performance. Click “Start Clone” to clone HDD to Samsung SSD.

Start Clone

Tips:

  • Edit Partitions” is able to edit partition size and location as you wish.

  • Sector by sector clone” will clone all sectors on the source disk no matter they are used or not, even if they are blank or bad. If you check this option, it will cost much more time.

Step 5. When the progress is 100%, click “Finish”.

Finish

Notes: 

  • If you want to migrate OS only, you can use “System Clone” after upgrading to higher versions.
  • The Standard edition only supports cloning MBR system disk to MBR. If you need to clone GPT system disk to MBR, clone MBR system disk to GPT, or clone GPT system disk to GPT, please try AOMEI Backupper Professional or higher.
  • Compared with SATA SSD disk, NVMe SSD has much faster transfer speed. Thus, it's suggested to clone Windows 10 to NVMe SSD if you don't mind investing a little more.

Case 2: Upgrade to Larger SSD Without Leaving Unallocated Space

When cloning to a larger drive, some users may find out that the space on the cloned disk is the same as the source disk. The rest space is shown as unallocated space. With AOMEI Backupper Professional, it is a different story. It allows you to edit partitions on the destination disk, so there will be no unallocated space on the cloned SSD.

The steps of cloning HDD to larger Samsung SSD are the same as the steps above. The only difference is adding Edit Partitions settings in Step 4:

Click Edit partitions in the Operation Summary screen, and you will see 4 options in the following window.

Edit Partitions

>> Copy without resizing partitions: All partitions will keep intact in size without any changes. While upgrading to larger disk, you’ll get unallocated space after cloning. While upgrading to smaller disk, the option is unavailable.

>> Add unused space to all partitions: You could tick this option to fully use the storage space on larger Samsung SSD, and it will automatically add the extra space to all existing partitions.

>> Manually adjust partition size: Adjust the partition size and the location as you want to fully use the extra storage space.

>> Convert the destination disk from MBR/GPT to GPT/MBR: It helps to convert the partition style of the destination disk if it is different from the source disk, thus avoiding boot error caused by different boot modes.

Final Words

Compared with Samsung Data Migration software, the free Samsung SSD cloning software - AOMEI Backupper Standard is more reliable and easy to use. You could do the Samsung SSD cloning job within a few mouse clicks.

Besides, AOMEI Backupper is not only a Samsung cloning software but also a Windows backup and restore software. You can make use of the backup & restore features to upgrade laptop hard drive to SSD in Windows 11/10/8/7.

What's more, you can create a bootable media on a CD/DVD or USB flash drive just in case of system failure, so you can perform the clone or backup without loading Windows. Go for it to experience more.