By Ivy / Last update January 21, 2021

About Samsung Internal SSD (850/860 EVO)

In the past few years, in the view of the high cost and lower capacity of SSD drive, many people will consider using a larger traditional hard drive (HDD) instead of SSD drive to speed up the computer. Thus, Samsung pronounced release a series of SSDs that can deliver great performance and endurance at an affordable cost, Samsung internal SSDs like Samsung SSD 970 EVO/Pro, 960 Pro/EVO, Samsung 950 Pro, Samsung 860 EVO/Pro, 850 EVO/Pro, Samsung 750 EVO, etc. And you could use Samsung SSD Magician software to monitor drive health, customize your SSD, and maximize performance easily.

Nowadays, Samsung solid-state drive (SSD) is widely used in desktops and laptops, especially the Samsung 850 EVO SSD and Samsung SSD 860 EVO, which would fulfill the demands for users on capacity, like 250GB (256GB), 500GB (512GB), 1TB, 2TB, 4TB, etc.

Why Clone to Samsung 850/860 EVO SSD Drive?

Take into account the strengths of Samsung SSD 850/860 EVO, a vast majority of users would like to replace the hard drive (HDD) with the Samsung 850 EVO or 860 EVO to speed up your computer. Therefore, there are some situations that you may clone to Samsung 850 EVO, 860, or other Samsung SSDs:

  • Migrate OS to Samsung 850 EVO SSD to get a short boot time, faster speed of reading and writing, etc.

  • Clone the entire HDD to Samsung SSD, and there is no need to reinstall Windows 7/8/10 operating system and applications, etc.

  • Make an alternative backup for your system disk just in case of a hard drive failure.

Then, how to clone to Samsung 850 EVO SSD drive in Windows 7/8/10?

Clone with Samsung Data Migration Software

As a matter of fact, Samsung offers you the Samsung Data Migration Software, which is designed to migrate data from current HDD to a new Samsung consumer SSD. You could use it to migrate Windows operating system, applications, personal files to Samsung SSD in Windows 7/8/8.1/10.

According to the Samsung Data Migration User Manual, you could use the following Samdung SSDs (including 850/860/960/970 EVO) as a target drive:

  • Samsung SSD 970 PRO Series, 970 EVO Series, 970 EVO Plus Series

  • Samsung SSD 960 PRO Series, 960 EVO Series

  • Samsung SSD 950 PRO Series

  • Samsung SSD 870 QVO Series

  • Samsung SSD 860 EVO Series, 860 PRO Series, 860 QVO Series

  • Samsung SSD 850 EVO Series, 850 PRO Series

  • Samsung SSD 840 EVO Series, 840 Series, 840 PRO Series

  • Samsung SSD 830 Series

  • Samsung SSD 470 Series

System Requirements Samsung 850 EVO

How to clone to Samsung 850/860 EVO, just follow the steps:

1. Start Samsung Data Migration on your Windows 7/8/10 computer, connect your Samsung 850/860 EVO and choose it as the target drive.

Samsung Data Migration Choose 850 EVO

2. Select all the partitions on the source HDD. You could choose up to 3 partitions on the HDD.

3. Click Start to clone HDD to Samsung 850/860 EVO SSD.

Samsung Data Migration Start

Samsung Data Migration Limitations

In fact, Samsung Data Migration has the limitations listed below that you should be aware of:

  • Samsung Data Migration only migrates source drive that contains a Windows operating system.

  • Only supports migrate up to 3 partitions (C drive and other two partitions, the System Reserved partition is automatically cloned), and not clone OEM Recovery partition.

  • This software not working on a dual boot computer.

  • If the source drive has bad sectors, the destination drive after cloned may not work as well.

Besides, many users complained about Samsung Data Migration software cloning failed or Samsung Data Migration Software not responding while cloning, it’s so frustrating. If you clone to other brands of SSD, the Samsung Data Migration software could not work. Hence, is there any better data migration software for Samsung SSD?

Best Samsung Migration Software - AOMEI Backupper

The answer is positive. It’s highly recommended to try the best Samsung data migration software - AOMEI Backupper Professional due to its powerful execution and reliable performance.

With the help of AOMEI Backupper, you could enjoy the benefit:
It allows you to clone no matter what the disk is, the boot disk, or the data disk.
Migrate OS, partition, or hard drive to Samsung SSD 850 EVO as you want.
This Samsung migration tool could skip bad sectors by default during cloning, and ensure the cloned disk is available.
It’s capable of cloning all partitions to the Samsung 850/860 EVO SSD, including OEM recovery partition, EFI system partition, and other partitions.
This Samsung migration tool is applied to other brands of SSD/HDD, like Seagate, Western Digital (WD), Toshiba, ADATA, HP, etc.

Please download Samsung Data Migration alternative 30 day free trial and have it a go. (the Clone features in the free trial can only be demonstrated, please upgrade to enjoy.)

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Safely Clone Windows 10 OS to Samsung 850 EVO

If your Samsung 850/860 EVO could accommodate everything from the source HDD, you could clone HDD to Samsung SSD 850 EVO with Disk Clone feature.

If it doesn’t, please clone OS to Samsung 850 EVO SSD to transfer system only with the following steps: (assuming that you are cloning Windows 10 HDD to Samsung 850 EVO SSD):

Step 1. Install and execute the Samsung data migration alternative - AOMEI Backupper Professional, click Clone-> System Clone on the main window.

Choose System Clone

Step 2. Select the Samsung 850 EVO SSD drive as destination to save the Windows 10 OS from HDD, and hit Next.

Select the First Partition of Samsung 850 EVO

Tip: The program will automatically detect the system partitions associated with system files, there is no need to select manually.

Step 3. Check the SSD Alignment to optimize for Samsung 850 EVO SSD (reading and writing speed, as well as its lifespan).

Step 4. Click Start Clone to clone Windows 10 OS to Samsung 850 EVO safely and easily.

Tick SSD Alignment

Tip: You can also tick Sector by sector clone if your Samsung 850 EVO SSD is larger than your current hard drive (HDD/SSD).

Wait for a moment, the process of cloning to Samsung 850 EVO SSD will be finished. And the cost time vary depends on the data size on source disk. If you’re intending to upgrade smaller HDD to larger SSD, replace your old hard drive with the Samsung 850 EVO, then change boot order to boot from the cloned SSD drive, everything is done.


It’s easy to clone to Samsung 850 EVO SSD with the comprehensive Samsung data migration software - AOMEI Backupper Professional in Windows 10/8/7.

Besides, AOMEI Backupper Professional also allows you to clone HDD to other Samsung storage devices, sync file to cloud, command line backup, dissimilar hardware restore, create differential and incremental backup, etc.

For users who are running Windows Server 2003, 2008, 2012, 2016, 2019(including R2), please try AOMEI Backupper Server to enjoy more.