Migrate Windows 10 to Samsung SSD without Reinstalling (2 Ways)

You learn how to migrate Windows 10 to Samsung SSD with Samsung Data Migration or best Samsung SSD clone software - AOMEI Backupper. The latter one is easier and more stable.


By Ivy Updated on October 19, 2022

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How to move OS to Samsung SSD in Windows 10?

Can I move OS to SSD Samsung?

I have a problem, please help. I just purchased a Samsung 860 EVO and I currently have a Toshiba hard drive in my Windows 10 computer, I never migrated OS to an SSD drive. So I was wondering the easiest way to move the OS to Samsung SSD, Thanks a lot.

- Question from tom’s hardware

Cloning is the easiest way to move OS to Samsung SSD in Windows 10, and you can use Samsung Data Migration Software. It comes with Samsung SSD 970/960/860/850/840 PRO (EVO) Series, Samsung SSD 950 PRO Series, 850 Series, 840 Series, Samsung SSD 830 Series, Samsung SSD 750 EVO Series, Samsung SSD 470 Series.

However, sometimes, you may get the Samsung Data Migration cloning failed error like the following. And it only supports Samsung SSDs, and clone system disk only to Samsung SSD (data disk is not supported). If you are in such case, try Samsung Data Migration alternative.

  • Samsung Data Migration failed for unknown reason;

  • Samsung Data Migration cloning failed -00001[ffffffff];

  • Samsung Data Migration stuck at 0%, 99%, 100%;

  • Even interrupted for unknown reason or not working.

  • Samsung Data Migration not detecting SSD

Way 1: Migrate OS to Samsung SSD with Samsung Data Migration

Samsung Data Migration software is a data migration tool for Windows 10/8.1/8/7/Vista/XP. Here is the detailed steps to migrate OS from HDD to Samsung SSD with Samsung Data Migration software in Windows 10.

Step 1. Open Samsung Data Migration, and connect your Samsung SSD, choose the Windows 10 system disk as the source disk, you could choose up to 3 partitions on the HDD.

Samsung Data Migration Choose Destination Disk

Step 2. Select the Samsung SSD as the Target Disk.

Samsung Data Migration Start Clone

Step 3. Click Start to clone HDD to Samsung SSD.

Then, the Samsung SSD migration process will start and finished after a while.

Way 2: Perform Samsung SSD clone in Windows 10 with Alternative Software

As the hard drive cloning software, AOMEI Backupper Professional could be the best Samsung SSD clone software for Windows 10, 8.1, 8, 7, Vista, XP (32-bit and 64-bit), which allows you to migrate Windows 10 to Samsung SSD with simple clicks, no matter what the disk is system disk or data disk. It’s available for any brands of HDDs and SSDs.

It provides you with two ways to execute Samsung SSD clone in Windows 10, namely, Disk Clone and System Clone. You can choose which way you want to use, depending on the items you want to clone, entire disk or only OS partition.
And it is capable of improving the performance of SSDs with SSD Alignment, cloning all sectors of a hard drive with Sector by sector clone, edit partition size of the destination disk with Edit Partiton to make full of unallocated space after cloning.

It’s highly recommended by millions of users due to its reliable performance and powerful features. Please download the Samsung migration tool - AOMEI Backupper professional. 

Download Free Trial Win 10/8.1/8/7/XP
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(PS: It has 30-day free trial and the Clone features can be demonstrated only, you need to upgrade to unlock. 20% off discount for 1 PC. )

Quick Guide to Migrate Windows 10 to Samsung SSD

Before migration, please connect the Samsung SSD with your computer and ensure the Samsung SSD can be detected, backup files and make the Samsung SSD empty because the cloning process will delete everything on destination.

To make Samsung SSD clone Windows 10 easily, here is the detailed steps to migrate Windows 10 to Samsung SSD:

Step 1. Perform Samsung data migration tool - AOMEI Backupper, choose Clone > System Clone subsequently. 

Choose System Clone

You can migrate OS from MBR HDD to GPT SSD and vice versa. Also, cloning system from GPT to GPT or MBR to MBR is supported.
To Clone Windows Server 2016/2019/2022 etc, try AOMEI Backupper Server.

Step 2. Select your Samsung SSD as the destination. Because all system partitions related to system files and boot files are selected by default. And click Next >>.

Choose Samsung SSD as Destination

Step 3. Tick SSD Alignment option to accelerate the writing and reading speed of the Samsung SSD, as well as prolong the lifespan. Then click Start Clone to migrate Windows 10 to Samsung SSD.

System Clone SSD Alignment Checked

❤ If you are cloning disk to larger Samsung SSD, you could choose the Sector By Sector Clone to clone all sectors on the source disk, no matter what it’s blank, used or bad sectors. Uncheck this option will skip the bad sectors if exist.
❤ Beside cloning only system, this software also support cloning Windows 10 to new hard drive, clone HDD to Samsung SSD, clone hard drive to WD SSD, copy data from one SSD to another, etc.

After cloning OS to Samsung SSD in Windows 10, you still need to check if it's bootable. Otherwise, you can only choose to reinstall Windows 10 and other items from scratch. Here are 2 methods you can try: 

  • Method 1: After cloning, please press F2 or ESC key to enter BIOS and set the Samsung SSD as the first boot device. Then restart the computer to boot from the cloned Samsung SSD.

Change Boot Order

  • Method 2: If your computer has only one hard drive slot, just replace HDD with the Samsung SSD, and then boot from the Samsung SSD. That’s it.

The Epilogue

Cloning is the best way to migrate Windows 10 to Samsung SSD, you can try Samsung Data Migration or third-party Samsung SSD clone software - AOMEI Backupper Professional. You don't need to reinstall Windows, programs, etc and lose data during the process. By comparison, the latter one is easier and more compatible. You can not only use it to moves OS to Samsung SSD, but also other SSD brands, such as, WD, Seagate, SanDisk, etc. 

For IT professionals, you could try AOMEI Backupper Technician, which allows you to deploy system image to multiple computers within LAN. Thus, you don't need to configure all the computers one by one. Also, you can create portable version of this software with the technician edition of AOMEI Backupper, then you can run it directly off removable devices to clone or migrate Windows 10.

Ivy · Editor
Ivy is an editor of AOMEI Technology, she covers backup & restore,hard disk & partitions management and cloud files transfer and so on for AOMEI. She is an outgoing girl and enjoys helping people find solutions to their problems. She loves traveling, eating, reading and so on. She usually hangs out with friends at her leisure time.