By Ivy / Last update December 13, 2021

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

According to the user’s situation, if the Samsung SSD is the following series, you could use the Samsung Data Migration Software that came with the SSD to migrate Windows 10 to Samsung SSD:

  • Samsung SSD 970 PRO (EVO) Series

  • Samsung SSD 960 PRO (EVO)

  • Samsung SSD 950 PRO Series

  • Samsung SSD 860 PRO (EVO) Series

  • Samsung SSD 850 PRO (EVO) Series, 850 Series

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

  • Samsung SSD 830 Series

  • Samsung SSD 750 EVO Series

  • Samsung SSD 470 Series

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

3. Click Start to clone HDD to Samsung SSD.

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

Samsung Data Migration Cloning Failed

However, you may get the Samsung Data Migration cloning failed error like the following:

  • 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

Besides, Samsung Data Migration only supports Samsung SSDs, and clone system disk only to Samsung SSD (data disk is not supported), If you choose other Samsung SSDs not in the list, you may need powerful Samsung Data Migration alternative.

Alternative to Samsung Data Migration in Windows 10/8/7 - AOMEI Backupper

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 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 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, clone all sectors of a hard drive with Sector by sector clone, edit partition size of destination disk 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 30-day free trial (Clone features in the free trial can only be demonstrated only, please upgrade to unlock). For server users, please try AOMEI Backupper Server.

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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 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

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.

Methods to boot from the cloned Samsung SSD: 

  • 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.
  • 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

Migrating Windows 10 to Samsung SSD with best Samsung SSD clone software - AOMEI Backupper Professional is the best way to move Windows 10 installation to SSD without reinstalling. It not only moves OS to Samsung SSD easily in a few clicks, but also avoids Samsung Data Migration cloning failed error and applies to other brands of SSD. 

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.