By Ivy / Last update June 13, 2022

Benefit from Samsung SSD Cloning

Along with the popularization of SSDs (Solid State Drives), many users tend to replace HDD (Hard Disk Drive) with the SSD, or upgrade smaller SSD to larger SSD to gain storage. Samsung Company has produced many high performing SSD drives and earns good reputations. They are 970 EVO Plus, 860 EVO, 970 PRO, 860 EVO, 850 EVO, 860 QVO, Portable T5 and so on.

Samsung 970 Evo Plus

To use a new SSD on your computer, a common way is to clean install operating system on the disk. That method is effective yet your familiar system configurations and many applications may lose, at least reinstallation is required. Another way is to backup system and then restore system image to the SSD, which moves Windows as well as your system settings, programs, and files to the new drive.

Actually, if you count in time, efforts, technical skills, possible errors, and convenience, above methods may not be good choices. Therefore, the way of Samsung HDD to SSD clone comes to help. In general, people want to clone hard drive to SSD for these reasons.

● Enjoy better performance. Samsung SSDs, as one of storage leaders, are embedded with many advanced technologies that could bring users wonderful experiences, especially in gaming.
● Improve device configurations. 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 computer users use SSD for OS and HDD for storage to reasonably take advantage of disk space and properties.

Anyhow, you have been aware of the advantage of SSD right the moment you decide to purchase one. The question is how to easily and safely move data from hard drive to Samsung SSD. In fact, you have two ways to finish this job, Samsung Data Migration software, and free Samsung SSD cloning software - AOMEI Backupper Standard.

How to Clone Hard Drive to Samsung SSD in Windows (2 Free Tutorials)

Methods on how to clone HDD to Samsung SSD in Windows 11/10/8/7 with Samsung HDD to SSD migration software 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.

Tutorial 1. Clone Hard Drive with Samsung Data Migration Software

As for Samsung SSD, you can try one utility of Samsung Corp: Samsung 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 no software is found with the SSD, you’ll need to download it from the official website. Note that do not use this software if the SSD isn’t produced by Samsung.

Samsung Data Migration

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 to perform Samsung hard drive clone to SSD.

1. Install and open Samsung Data Migration tool, and it will automatically 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 then boot up (make sure to enable AHCI in BIOS if it’s not already set up).

This method is pretty easy to follow. Nevertheless, according to the feedback from those uses 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.

In addition, you can still learn many restrictions from its user manual, for example, this software will run only if the operating system is installed on the source disk. It will not work properly if you use a Samsung NVMe SSD as the target disk without installing the Samsung NVMe driver.

It is not saying that you would encounter above trouble by sure, and in some cases, you need a Plan B to perform this task smoothly: free Samsung HDD to SSD migration software - AOMEI Backupper Standard can give you a hand. Then, please keep reading below to learn the stepwise guide.

Tutorial 2. Clone Disk to Samsung SSD Effectively with Secure Boot

AOMEI Backupper Standard is professional hard drive cloning software that is free for home and personal use. Here are some highlight features of this tool.

〓 Clone all the data disks and MBR system disk, even with different size. By default, this software use the Intelligent cloning method for disk clone, thus you can easily clone hard drives of different size, whether the destination disk is larger disk or smaller. Also, you can use Sector by Sector Clone to clone all sectors of a drive.
〓 Support 4K alignment on SSD. It helps you clone HDD to Samsung SSD and align the physical sectors to improve the boost performance of SSD disk.
〓  Hot clone. You can perform data migration without interrupting current works.
〓 USB bootable clone. You are allowed to create a bootable USB drive or CD/DVD disc, and then do SSD cloning without loading Windows. 
〓 Support cloning all kinds of SSD disk, regardless of its disk size, brands and interface. Besides cloning HDD to Samsung SSD, you still can use it to clone HDD to Seagate SSD, clone hard drive to SanDisk SSD, clone Intel SSD to another, clone Windows 10 to NVMe, etc. 

In the first place, download it freely and have a try. Windows 10/8/7/XP/Vista supported.

Download Freeware Win 11/10/8.1/8/7/XP
Secure Download

Step 1. Install and launch AOMEI Backupper Standard. Select Clone, and then 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 disk.

Select Destination Disk

Notes:
👉The Standard Edition does not support MBR from/to GPT cloning or GPT to GPT cloning if the source disk is the system disk. However, if you are cloning a data disk, then there is no such restriction.
👉 By default, this software will recognize the disk partition style, size and numbers. To distinguish the disk partition style, the easiest way is to see the display partition style of both disks, and usually, it says Basic MBR or GPT on the left side of a disk.

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

Start Clone

Also, you can use Sector by sector clone to keep the old partition layout or Edit Partitions to adjust the partition size on the destination disk. And the latter one is more practical, since it resolves two potential issues during the cloning process. 

#1: The cloned drive not show full capacity.

By default, all the cloning software makes an exact copy of the source disk unless you change the partition size while cloning. To prevent this from the beginning, try the following 3 options. And the last two options are available on the Professional version.

👉 Copy without resizing partitions: It will not resize the partition size.

👉 Add unused space to all partitions: It will reallocate the unallocated space to each partition of the target disk, appropriate for the disk size.

👉 Manually adjust partition size: It allows you to extend unallocated space to any partition on the destination disk you want. 

Add Unused Space

#2: The cloned drive not bootable after cloning.

One of the biggest reason is the destination and source disk has different partition style and you don't convert them to the same before cloning. In this situation, you can simply check Convert the destination disk from MBR to GPT or vice versa, depending on the disk partition styles of them. 

Both MBR and GPT are two different disk types for data storage. And you can check its disk properties in Disk Management if you still do not distinguish them clearly. The overall steps are below:

  • Press Win + R to open the Run window. Then, type diskmgmt.msc and hit OK to open disk management.
  • Then, right-click the disk you want to clone and select Properties in the pop-up window.
  • In the Properties window, select the Volume tab and confirm the partition style. It can be MBR (Master Boot Record) or GPT (GUID Partition Table).

Disk Partition Style

  • Similarly, check the disk partition tyle of the destination disk. If it is still MBR, you can clone hard drive from bootable USB for free. To clone GPT to GPT (eg: clone NVMe to NVMe), MBR to GPT or GPT to MBR, try professional version.

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.

Tips:
👉 Try the Disk Clone feature if you want to clone SSD to larger SSD for larger capacity or perform Samsung SSD clone recovery partition. 
👉 Try System Clone feature if you want to transfer OS to Samsung SSD or there is not enough space to clone all the data on the disk. B

FAQs

1. How do fix "Samsung Data Migration cloning failed" error?

As you can see from above, SDM has many limitations, which may be the causes. You can choose to disable Hibernation mode or page file, decrypt BitLocker before cloning, use chkdsk command line to check if the source disk has bad sectors, etc. For specific operations, you can refer to Samsung Data Migration cloning failed.

2. How do I make a cloned SSD bootable?

Here are some possible causes for unbooting drives after cloning: the source drive has bad sectors, the system corrupted, missing cloning necessary boot drives, set wrong drive to boot, MBR and GPT conflict. You can take correspond measures or refer to cloned drive won’t boot to learn more.

3. How do I update my Samsung SSD firmware?

You need to update SSD firmware in Samsung Magician. In the Magician interface, select the drive you want to update and click on Firmware update. Then the software will diagnose whether or not an update is available. It is suggested to back up files before update.

Summary

There is no restriction for you to choose which way to clone HDD to Samsung SSD as long as you find it helpful. Honestly, using AOMEI Backupper Standard avoids lots of potential issues.

Furthermore, it supports cloning other brands disks from/to Samsung SSD without troubles. For example, clone Western Digital (WD) drive on Windows. Keeping the software installed after cloning is also a good way to protect your computer since it offers auto system or files backup solutions.

To enjoy advanced cloning operations, AOMEI Backupper Professional edition is recommended. With it, you are able to clone only system drive to SSD, clone hard drive with command lines, use customized cloning options, and so on. If you’re IT experts or computer geeks, give it a shot.