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About data migration

Data migration is the process of moving data to other computers or storage devices. In routine work activities, there are three common data migrations: storage migration, cloud migration and application migration. Usually, you need to transfer your data to another place when you encounter the following situations:

  • Replace, maintain or upgrade your server or storage equipment.

  • Relocate the data center.

  • Consolidate website.

Besides, lots of users prefer to move data or migrate OS to an SSD, because of its faster speed, lighter weight, and lower consumption, etc.

Migrate data to SSD with SSD manufacturers’ software

Many SSD manufacturers may produce their own data migration software for SSD such as Intel Data Migration Software (IDMS), Samsung Data Migration Software (SDM) and so on. Take SDM as an example and learn how to use this utility.

Step 1. Install and launch SDM. Then click Start.

SDM Start

Step 2. Select your Source Disk (Disk1) and Target Disk (Disk2). Then click Start.

SDM Select Disk

Step 3. The SDM begin to clone. You can get this interface.

SDM Begin To Clone

Step 4. After cloning you will get a completion screen. Then you can click Quit.

SDM Quit

Although SDM is very popular among people at the first time for its simple interface and easy steps, more and more users begin to complain a lot as time goes on: some people say that the SDM is not working. After downloading the SDM, it doesn’t transfer any data or they even can’t open this software. 

Some users believe that the SDM can’t run smoothly on their PCs or they always get Samsung Data Migration stuck at 99%. And there are users who find that the SDM is super slow to move their data to an SSD. By the way, SDM only supports Samsung SSDs. Is there another data migration tool superior to SDM?

Move data to SSD via a handy freeware

AOMEI Backupper Standrad, the best data migration software for SSD, is praised by SSD users. When people use this software, they are amazed at the easy steps and lucid interface. This best software can run smoothly on your PC. You don’t need to wait for a long time, because this best data moving software runs fast. 

  • With the Disk Clone feature, you are allowed to clone HDD to SSD or clone SSD to larger SSD, etc. You can also copy specific partitions via the Partition Clone feature.

  • It supports almost all common SSD brands, like Samsung SSD, SanDisk SSD, Crucial SSD and so on.

  • It runs smoothly on Windows 10, Windows 8.1/8, Windows 7, Windows Vista and XP.

You can use this SSD migration software to move data to SSD as the following steps.

Step 1. Connect your SSD to your computer. Then download and install this software. After installation, you can open this software. Click Clone from the left list and choose Disk Clone.

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Disk Clone

Step 2. Select your Source Disk. Here takes the Disk1 for example. Then click Next.

Select Source Disk

Step 3. Select your SSD as the Destination Disk (Disk 2).Then click Next.

Select Destination Disk

Step 4. You can have an Operation Summary in this interface. Check SSD Alignment to accelerate the speed of your SSD. Then click Start Clone.

Start Clone

Step 5. As you cloned a system disk to SSD, you must enter into the BIOS and change the boot order to the SSD or you can replace the source disk with the SSD to boot from it.


  • Your SSD will be overwritten. So, if you have some important data on it, you need to backup them in advance.

  • You can click Edit Partitions to choose “Copy without resizing partitions”, “Add unused space to all partitions”, or “Manually adjust partition size”. You may upgrade to AOMEI Backupper Professional to use the last two options.

  • If you choose Sector by sector clone, the destination disk must be equal to or larger than the source disk.


With the development of society, data migration plays an important role in our daily life. Thus, reliable SSD data migration software is significant for users. AOMEI Backupper, the best data migration software for SSD, provides users with many practical functions - disk clone, partition/volume clone, sector-by-sector clone, etc. You can use this software to finish your heavy work easily.

To migrate Windows 7/8/10 OS to SanDisk SSD, clone Windows 10 to NVMe SSD, or move Windows to Samsung SSD, etc., you can use the System Clone feature in AOMEI Backupper Professional and higher editions.