By Teresa / Last Updated October 17, 2019

Need to clone HDD to Samsung SSD

Along with the popularization of SSD (Solid State Drive), many users tend to replacing HDD (Hard Disk Drive) with the SSD or if you have SSD before, then clone SSD to new SSD. Samsung has produced several high performing SSD drives: 850 EVO Series, 950 PRO Series, 840 Series, 830 Series, 470 Series and so on.

Well, you can simply reinstall the OS onto the new SSD or backup system and restore it later to the SSD, which leave all applications and games running on the old and slow hard drive. But for sure, that’s not the type most users like. In general, people want to clone disk to SSD for these reasons.

  • Better performance. Samsung SSDs, as one of storage leaders, embedded with many advanced technologies that could bring users wonderful experiences, especially in gaming.

  • Upgrade old hard drive. Old or slow hard drive may no longer satisfy our demand. Since SSDs have acceptable prices nowadays, it is not a bad choice to replace old failing hard drive with a new SSD.

  • Better storage arrangement. Many laptop users use SSD for OS and HDD for storage to reasonably take advantage of disk space and properties.

  • More…

Anyhow, you have recognized the advantage of SSD right the moment you decide to purchase one. The question is how to clone hard drive to Samsung SSD. In fact, you have two ways to finish this job. One is using Samsung Data Migration, and the other is using third party freeware, AOMEI Backupper Standard.

How to clone hard drive to Samsung SSD in Windows?

Two free methods on how to clone a disk to Samsung disk will be introduced specifically. Choose the most suitable one based on your situation. First of all, back up files that you care most to a safe place for data may be lost owing to inappropriate operations.

Method 1. Clone hard drive with Samsung Data Migration software

As for Samsung SSD, you can try one utility of Samsung Corp: Samsung's Data Migration (SDM). SDM is designed for transferring over all existing files and programs from a current HDD or SSD to a new Samsung drive. This software comes along with some of Samsung SSD drives. If not, then you need to download one from the official website. Do not to use this software if the SSD doesn’t produced by Samsung.

In the first place, connect your new SSD to your PC either via SATA (for desktop users) or via the adapter cable (for laptop users). Then, follow these steps.

1. Install and open SDM, it will scan the system for the presence of any connected storage device.

2. Click Start to begin the disk scan and diagnosis step. The rest is to follow the wizard to choose source disk and target disk. If you want to add new partition on the new SSD, try clicking the plus icon in the top right corner.

3. Then click Start. When it’s finished, shut down your system, swap out the old HDD for the new SSD, and boot up (make sure to enable AHCI in BIOS if it’s not already set up).

This method is pretty easy. Nevertheless, according to the feedback from users of this utility, the process sometimes will get stuck at 99% at the verify stage. Sometimes, it gets stuck at the boot screen with no picture there or anything. Or, the Samsung Data Migration does not responding at all.

It is not saying that you would encounter above trouble by sure. But it is better to have plan B in case you are unlucky to meet one of them: HDD to SSD clone software, AOMEI Backupper Standard.

Method 2. Clone hard disk to Samsung SSD with secure boot

AOMEI Backupper Standard is the professional software that free for commercial and home use. It supports clone HDD not only to bigger SSD but also smaller one. You needn’t to worry about having a correct 4k partition alignment for the SSD because this software will take care of that.

Besides, you can resize the partition on the new SSD in the process of cloning. It ensures cloning successfully and boot from it normally. Windows 10/8/7/XP/Vista supported. Download to experience it.

Step 1. Install and launch AOMEI Backupper Standard. Click Clone, and select Disk Clone.

Disk Clone

Step 2. Select the old HDD as the source disk.

Select Source Disk

Step 3. Select the new Samsung SSD as the destination path.

Select Destination Disk

Step 4. Check SSD Alignment box to improve SSD performance, and then click Start Clone.

Start Clone

Step 5. Shut down computer on completion. It is suggested to replace hard drive with cloned Samsung SSD to perform a thoroughly boot test. Or, you can just change boot order in BIOS.


  • This operation will clone only used part by default, so the Samsung SSD can be smaller than HDD but must be larger or equal than the used space of HDD. If you need to clone every aspect of the old SSD, make sure to check Sector by sector clone box. But the Samsung SSD must be larger or equal than HDD.

  • You can fit all partitions to the entire disk in Edit Partitions yet if you need the last two functions in that option, please click to upgrade to AOMEI Backupper Professional.

  • If you just want to transfer OS to Samsung SSD, System Clone is helpful.

  • The Standard Edition does not support MBR from/to GPT cloning.


There is no restriction for you to choose which way to clone HDD to Samsung SSD as long as you find it helpful. To be honest, AOMEI Backupper Standard is handy software that could save you a lot of backup and restore issues.

For instance, it supports various Windows operating systems like Windows XP/Vista/7/8/10. AOMEI Backupper Standard also supports Western Digital (WD) disk clone as well as many other brands of disk. Features like partition clone, incremental & differential backup, schedule backup, etc are come with AOMEI Backupper Standard, too.

AOMEI Backupper Professional provides a feature called Disk space management that will delete old backups automatically based on specified value. To some extent, it will help you better manage Samsung SSD. This advanced edition also supports command line clone. If you’re IT experts or computer geeks, give it a shot.